In case you missed it, Barack Obama tweeted on Saturday evening in response to the Charlottesville conflict between “alt-right” neo-Nazis and antifa counter-protesters. It was the most liked tweet in the history of Twitter.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…” pic.twitter.com/InZ58zkoAm
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017
The tweet partially quotes Nelson Mandela. Here’s the full quote:
No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
It’s a shame Obama doesn’t really believe this, nor do many of his supporters who buy into the reasons behind white supremacists awful delusions.
It’s a shame because Mandela’s quote is mostly true. Jeremiah 17:9 says “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” Hebrews 12:1 says “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
Love does not come naturally to the human heart, not since the Fall of Man in Genesis. Cain knew God personally, yet he murdered his brother. If love came so naturally to the human heart, this would not be possible. Hate, envy, rage, these things come naturally to the self-interested human.
1 Corinthians 10:13 says “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind.” We are all equal in God’s eyes, and all mankind–regardless of skin color–is tempted with pride, greed, envy, lust, and all the sinful acts in actualization of those temptations.
It is theologically inaccurate to claim that “love comes more naturally to the human heart.”
But Obama didn’t tweet that part.
Born to hate
Is anyone born to hate? I say no. But God is sovereign. He hardens hearts, and he softens them. Who can know God’s thoughts? Isaiah 55:9 declares “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Barack Obama grew up learning a mixture of anti-colonial rebellion, Marxist philosophy, and Black Liberation Theology. James Cone, the father of Black Liberation Theology, realized that the Bible and Christianity, as he understood them, could not coexist with his beliefs on racism. He said “I was within inches of leaving the Christian faith, because that faith as I had received it and learned it no longer explained the world to me satisfactorily.”
So instead of recommitting to his faith, he did what most liberals do: He adapted his faith and the Bible to suit his own understanding. And that meant incorporating Malcolm X’s venomous beliefs into the Gospel. The result led Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s pastor for two decades, to declare: “No, no, no, not God bless America! God damn America — that’s in the Bible — for killing innocent people.”
Wright wasn’t referring to the unborn here. He was referring to racism ingrained in American society that “in which black has been defined as evil.” In this frame, everything else is explained. In the Black Liberation Theology world, people born white and Christian are automatically inculcated in hatred of things black. And it’s the black Christian’s job to oppose this white hate–which is endemic to whiteness.
They believe that white people (especially white males) are born to hate.
Check your privilege
I’ve spent hours and hours arguing with people, mostly on social media, who have permanent chips on their shoulders about “privilege.” The degree to which some white people are willing to self-flagellate in order to quench an unquenchable shame of their inborn hatefulness is beyond sanity. We need only look at Rachel Dolezal, or Shaun King as examples. Both are white, but act as if they are born and bred African Americans.
Then there’s a woman named Cera Byer, who penned a Facebook post in 2014 “To my white male Facebook friends” that got picked up by Salon. An excerpt:
This is a privilege because the others in this case do not have that option. When they leave the conversation, they are still a child, a woman or a person of color (or any combination of the three), occupying a position of less power than you. Living in a world where these things do happen to them, and what’s worse, they now walk away knowing that you, their father, husband, friend, teacher, community member, do not believe them. Won’t defend them. Aren’t willing to help.
In other words, if you’re white, you are born with certain powers conferred by the global society, and can’t possibly know what it’s like to be other than white, and this makes you a racist by the omission of actively agreeing with every peccadillo posed by non-white people and atoning for every sin of every white person on earth.
This belief expressed by Byers and many others, including Barack Obama, is racist. It blames those who because of the color of their skin or their gender at birth for the offenses committed by others with whom they have no connection. It forces people to apologize endlessly for things that happened before they were born by people they will never know. It gives a complete pass for the same kinds of sins and oppressions if they were committed by non-white people.
It is the opposite of what Nelson Mandela wrote.
I was not born a racist
I responded to Byer with almost the same words Mandela wrote and Obama quoted. “The facts are that racism is a heart problem. It’s not a blood problem or a skin problem. Nobody is born a racist.”
In order for me, or any white man, or any black man, or any woman, or any person for that matter, to be a passive, invisible, unknown to myself racist—it follows that racism has to be something beyond the heart and mind, beyond our conscious control. Racism has to be a transcendent state, like original sin, or God’s grace. That sounds a whole lot like religion to me. But I don’t think you’re trying to say that “passive racism” is a religious system. I think you’re trying to say that some essential information, some unknown facts, some personal experience missing from people’s lives is enough to make them racist.
I have to reject that idea.
Byer read my piece and accused me that I “apparently completely missed the point of what I wrote” without ever explaining how I missed her point.
Obama created the environment
Barack Obama was supposed to be the great healer–the first black president. But instead of advocating an environment where individual effort, family support, and strength of character determine one’s destiny, he took up with his natural allies–the race-baiters, social justice crowd who want to exact a penalty from privileged white people.
Eight years of failure to condemn groups like Black Lives Matter, welcoming charlatans like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, advocating against Biblical stances for life and strong families, took a toll on the nation. In fact, it created a backlash that propelled Donald Trump into office.
Under Obama, Democrats’ influence fell more than any time since Reconstruction–he lost over 900 legislative seats nationally and at the state level, governorships, and even mayors for his party. America wasn’t feeling the love.
And now, we have President Trump, who rode a toxic bow wave of thugs, Know-Nothings, and overt racists to power. Yet even with this millstone around his neck (and our necks), Trump has managed to begin scaling back the excesses of Obama’s racism in government. We are arguably moving toward a less racist, more individual achievement-based federal government with Trump in office.
America still faces the challenge of dealing with the now-stirred-up monster of racism, not at all helped by Trump’s ham-fisted, narcissistic and idiotic responses. But instead of engaging in a positive way, Obama disingenuously preened on Twitter.
What a hypocrite.