Hmm…this is a very touchy subject.
God being a huge advocate for variety, thought it wise to create humans in different hues of complexion. White, black, brown, yellowish and whatever shade that comes in between.
Somehow, we the creatures who have nothing to do with the original creation have segregated ourselves into superior and inferior positions based on skin color. I don’t know whether racism became entrenched because some races allowed it in the first place or the other party imposed it.
Why do we think lighter skin is better than darker complexions? Is it because Caucasians make us feel so or we ourselves/our forefathers felt that way when the Europeans landed on our shores? However, it began, racism is here and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere anytime soon.
When I see white, yellow, brown, black skins, I see beauty in variety. How I wish others would put their prejudices aside and love everyone the same way. If it were just about mere disregard, I wouldn’t be this concerned but when it comes to the extent of maiming or killing another human being because you assume the dark-skinned person would hurt you is just outrageous. We are not monsters, you know.
Racism isn’t inherited; it is learned behavior. Little kids ‘do not see color’ in that sense until someone or society teaches them the social implications of skin color. Until that changes, racism won’t end.
On gay rights, where do I start? As a Christian, I obviously have my reservations about the lifestyle but beyond that, I see people as I see myself; fragile, in search of purpose, love and belonging. I don’t think it’s right to treat people as less humans because they identify as gay or any of its affiliates.
Rejection, humiliation and physical attack on people doesn’t achieve any positive results. I’m not surprised with the wave of many rights moving throughout the world. We are in the end times and it couldn’t be more obvious than this.
The same way I don’t drink alcohol doesn’t give me the right to look down on those who do; I believe it’s not my place to judge anyone living an alternative lifestyle. Mine is to love people as God loves me: a flawed person.
If we would see others through God’s eyes, we would respect people regardless of their race. God is no respecter of persons, right? On the gay issue, my stance is whatever the Bible has to say about it. About the rights, as long as they are fundamental human rights that we all enjoy, then I believe everyone is entitled to it, regardless of how one chooses to identify him/herself.
What do you have to say about racism and gay rights? Kindly share and thanks for reading.
© Josephine Amoako 2019