Shaun King: Your Racist Cake Analogy Is Right, But Guns Isn’t The Bad Ingredient

Shaun King published a cake recipe in his column in the New York Daily News. He used that as a metaphor for why we have race haters in America and why we have people like Micah Johnson killing “white people,” preferably police officers.

Somehow, the United States of America wants to have all of the ingredients for murder and mayhem, cook it at 500 degrees for a few years, and be shocked when what comes out on the other end isn’t sweet peace and colorful rainbows. That’s not how recipes work.

What you put in, combined with the temperature and time you cook it, determines the final product. It’s not luck. It’s not chance. It’s not a flip of the coin. Baking a good cake is equal parts science and art. Building a harmonious society is no different.

In his basic analogy, King is certainly right. If you add a cup of salt instead of sugar, you’ll get an inedible mess of a cake. But somehow he’s way off on America’s ingredient list. Erick wrote about why liberals always come up with arguments for gun control, and that’s exactly where King went.

But he didn’t stop there. Because if he had just stopped there, we could say the missing ingredient in America is belief in a Creator, a beneficent God who gave us a Natural Law and an absolute moral reference. King went beyond that, into the jungle of full moral relativism.

The United States was not founded by sweet Pilgrims who ate turkey with their indigenous friends. This land was actually deeply loved and fully populated when Europeans first arrived here.

A combination of violence and new plagues killed millions of indigenous people and they were forcefully relocated to random swaths of land that we now call reservations. To develop the newly acquired land, the United States forced tens of millions of Africans into slavery for nearly 250 years. This was no kind request, but a forced brutality that I will not detail here today. About 250 years of slave labor built this nation from scratch. Enslaved Africans literally built our nation’s capital.

The violent and deeply unethical founding and growth of this country is a key ingredient. You don’t have to feel guilty for it if you don’t want to, but you can’t ignore it. It’s already in the mixing bowl.

Really, Shaun?

Because my history tells me that the Pilgrims were Christians here for Christ and their King (whom they fled for religious persecution). My history tells me the Indians saved their lives by showing them how to cultivate corn. My history tells me that many of the native Americans accepted the Gospel on the spot because they recognized the moral absolute that Christ presented in the Scriptures.

My history tells me that 620,000 Americans (north and south) gave their lives in a bloody war to end slavery, and they did end it. My history tells me that these soldiers gave “the last full measure of devotion” for the cause of liberty and freedom–that “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

The horrendous comment about “Enslaved Africans literally built our nation’s capital” is more than a bit misleading. While some contractors did use slaves as labor, “[the] slaves joined a work force that included local white laborers and artisans from Maryland and Virginia, as well as immigrants from Ireland, Scotland, and other European nations.” One-sided history serves nobody but demagogues.

Then King goes into how police have special privileges in America. But apparently, only white police? I don’t know, because the Dallas chief of police is black. There are, in some cities, a racial makeup of police departments that doesn’t match the communities they serve. But that isn’t an easily solved problem (if it were, it would have been solved already despite decades of trying). The implication that police should not be respected as law enforcement officers because the racial makeup of departments is majority white is a recipe for anarchy. In fact, it’s exactly what drove Micah Johnson to his deadly rage.

I think King is simply trying to grasp at straws to prove his point. There is a problem with racism in America, and police are not immune from it. The problem of racism isn’t just a white problem either. But yes, when the Walmart customer service person–who happens to be black–sends me to the back of the line while helping black customers first, it’s racism. Just not the kind that kills me.

I haven’t experienced the kind of racism that black Americans see from white police officers, (or even black police officers) who are scared because of how they dress or speak or what car they drive. I know that’s real and should be addressed. But we don’t have to delve into false history and white guilt to get there.

And now, to guns.

Planet Earth is made up of about 200 countries. We are the only nation in the world that has more guns than people. That’s no small thing because we are the third largest country in the world. China, for instance, has 4.9 guns per 100 people. We have 112 guns per 100 people. No other country is even close. China’s population is over four times larger than ours, but we have almost 23 times more guns than they do.

How in the world can King compare China, a police state, to America? China practices democide–the murder of any person or people by a government, including genocide, politicide, and mass murder–as a government dogma. Between 1949 and 1987, the People’s Republic of China has murdered somewhere in the vicinity of 100 million people. Who the hell cares how many guns civilians have in China? Communist governments achieve harmony through tyranny.

Apparently, that’s what King wants. Because the alternative is to bake his cake the right way and liberals don’t like the taste of that cake–it robs them of their license to act however they want. The biggest ingredient is God and belief in an absolute morality. Love your neighbor. Give to the poor. Certainly, we will always have sinners among us, but law and order is to keep them from doing too much damage.

If you remove God from the ingredient list, no other mix can possibly compensate. But liberals like King would rather just redefine the meaning of “cake” and rewrite history to do it.

About the author

Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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