Racism, and prejudice, has become unplugged from its universal reality, in all men and women, in its use as a battering ram for certain ideological movements divorced from forgiveness and reconciliation. If you were a visiting alien from another planet--of which the new racists would recruit you as a victim of the re-defined 'racism'--you would aggressively be indoctrinated into the 'historical' fact that, by and large, racism is found solely, in men, particularly white men of European descent.
Yet, an honest historical review, along with a prayerful Biblical view, would reveal all peoples, from all times and locations, as prejudice, and racist, to a certain degree.
"Then Nathan said to David: 'You are the man! Thus says the LORD God of Israel: ‘The sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah to be your wife.’" 2 Samuel 12:1-7
Shortsighted politicians, and race baiters, like Barack Obama and Al Sharpton, continually seize opportunities for pushing forth the progressive agenda by squeezing out the last drops of social outrage concerning the enslavement of black people, perpetrated in America, a very long time ago. Truth be told, they wouldn't be tempted to this sinful behavior if greedy white men didn't buy slaves from black tribal chiefs in Africa, who sold their brothers and sisters for gold.
Yet, all this is just a cycle in history. Round and round we go.
Truth be told: Light skin and dark skin emperors, kings, and pharaohs, along with Nubian and Viking queens and princesses, have been tyrannizing and enslaving other peoples for centuries. Prejudice is a knot in the human fabric, too entwined in our sinfulness to be unraveled through government programs, popular psychology, or reactionary racism and prejudice.
The only remedy for racism and prejudice, inspired by Crucified Mercy, is repentance.
"A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me. Cast me not out from your presence, and your Holy Spirit take not from me." Psalm 51:12-17
Certainly, Catholicism has received a black eye, or two, in history--acting against the Lord of Love and Mercy in individual Catholics who succumbed to the temptation of racism and prejudice. Yet, Catholicism is Universal in the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ, who, for centuries, has reached into the hearts of men and women of all races and ethnicities, engaging cultural diversity in a perfectly woven tapestry of 'one Lord, one faith, one baptism,' revealed in men and women saints of every race and color.
Now, Catholics in America face a new prejudice in the affront of governmental persecution (HHS), and societal hostility (culture of death--culture of promiscuity--spirit of indifference). Catholics are now revealing, through their suffering, that racism and prejudice is not from certain races or sexes, but from whichever human group is currently in power.
Now is the time for us to repent of our sins, and look through the eyes of Christ to a hurting and prejudice humanity--for racism and prejudice flow from sin...and from subsequent fear.
"He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!” Mark 4:35-41
Race baiters and political ideologues have such overwhelming influence in America because Catholics, and all Christians, have given up on believing wholeheartedly in Jesus as Almighty God. Imagine if Catholics, and all Jesus' disciples, really believed! We wouldn't we suffering the prejudice of abortion for 40+ years! We wouldn't be wrestling with the manipulation of 'amnesty' politics. For Catholics, en masse, would never have voted for Barack Obama...twice!
Racism, and prejudice, is as much the fault of the cafeteria, lukewarm, Catholic/Christian as it is the race baiter and the political ideologue! All of us need to repent...and see each other for who we really are...human persons, made in 'the image and likeness of God,' who is Love.