As we watch the nation explode in protests/riots over the George Floyd killing by a police officer in Minneapolis and across the country, a discussion has erupted of the state of racial relations across America. Right Wire Report stumbled across a video that might make you gulp and spill your coffee. Worst yet, in might induce vomiting of your breakfast. Dubbed as “a powerful show of unity and support,” it resembles more like a cult following of people to an irrational ideology.
A powerful show of unity and support.
The white community kneeling down in front of the black community to ask for forgiveness after years of racism.
The black community followed that up by kneeling down as well and they all eventually joined in prayer.#protests2020 pic.twitter.com/V8PatDVEYJ
— Shaggie (@Shaggie_Tweets) June 1, 2020
There is only one word to describe this video – “cringe.” Here is yet another video that is just as cringeworthy. Right Wire Report does know whether this is a stunt by actors or real, but the viewer doesn’t know. It set up a narrative for the self-loathing to consume.
As someone in the midst of training a dog to sit, kneel, stay and roll over using hand motions, this is particularly disturbing: pic.twitter.com/eelNcsfmqw
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) June 2, 2020
No one denies that were not wrongs done in the past. But this past is a very long time ago in another generation. There are no laws today in America that say a white person can have additional privileges than a black. How do we know this? Because if there were, we would have heard about them already. Instead, we hear of “institutional racism” or “white privilege.” Because there are no racial laws today, we are left with nebulous terms that are opinions of the state of people’s lot in life.
Looking at this video again, one has to revert back to a few fundamental principles of human nature that are being broken here:
- No group of people should ever bow down or kneel to another group of people – Black, White, creed, gender, nationality, religion, or any group in any combination. It is disrespectful to both groups.
- One can not transfer the sins of the father to the son. It is unjust and will only serve to instill hatred between the parties in time that try.
- Forgiveness of guilt doesn’t mean reconciliation. Often forgiveness is a tool of many (virtue signaling) to absolve themselves of responsibility.
- Forgiveness can not be forced or coerced by the group wronged. Selecting a small sub-group to make one feel good, will only serve to inflame the broader group if they do not agree with the guilt acts of the sub-group. Be wary of sub-groups that try to do this – you will be disappointed and angry in the end.
- If one has done something wrong or hurtful, you will have to accept that you cannot change the past. Otherwise, you will wallow in a state of victimization.
Guilt is a normal emotion, though it can be paralyzing for some people. People may feel guilty for something they did, something they think they did, or something they failed to do. Forgiveness is vitally important for the mental health of those who have been victimized. It propels people forward rather than keeping them emotionally engaged in injustice or trauma. For the perpetrator, reconciliation can only come through deeds.
More acts like these videos demonstrate will only assure more racism, not less. For African Americans, accept this behavior at your own peril.