The illogical labels of “black” & “white”

In America, someone of mixed blood is called “black” instead of “white” or “mixed.” Isn’t that racist?

The false labeling of mixed (black and white) people as “black” goes back to the slavery and Jim Crow racist lie that “one drop” of “black” blood makes a person black. But that’s absolutely untrue. 

Take President Obama for instance. He had a white mother and a Kenyan (black) father so he is 50/50 — just as much white as black. If fact, if we go by the laws of the Old South (which declared that a baby was of the status and race of her/his mother) then Obama is white. So why is he called the first black president?

Perhaps that is because the concept of racial divisions and labeling is not built on a logical foundation, but on an emotional one. For example, at the end of the Civil War, when the American victims of human trafficking were freed, thousands of the slaves looked white. They were 1/32 black, 1/64 black, or even less. Because of the American lie that blacks were inferior, those former slaves, “passed” into the white population.

Christians like to say that history is “His story.” However, if history is “His story,” we should be willing to openly and honestly explore the whole story, not just the parts that make us or our country look good. To create a better future, it’s important that we take an open, honest look back. Here’s a book that does that: Off the RACE Track–From Color Blind to Color Kind.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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