How unconventional wisdom will put an end to racism
The United States of American is a country that would never have existed if the founding fathers allowed conventional wisdom to lead them. Just like Moses going before Pharaoh, who was at that time the most powerful king on earth and asking for the Hebrews to be freed.
The founding fathers were asking the most powerful kingdom at that time to stop taxation without representation. This was a challenge that many thought will not go anywhere.
After all, the British had the most powerful army and had been fighting for hundreds of years and would easily crush any rebellion. Well, the rest is history, because we are having a nation today called the United States of America as a proof of what can be achieved when conventional wisdom is ignored.
There is an endless list of people who chose to follow unconventional wisdom and achieved a lot of things that are noble and worthy to be emulated.
But we are going to move forward to a topic that is a thorny one in the United States of America. This is the issue of racism.
These days the issue of racism driven by a legacy of slavery and mistreatment of blacks in the United States of America keeps making news headlines. Let me state categorically that there is no justification of the heinous and despicable things that were done to African Americans under the disguise of slavery.
Even after slavery ended the Jim Crow laws and segregation in the south did not make things any better. The lynchings murders, torture, and all the other evil, perpetrated against the African Americans should be condemned and rejected by all.
That said, conventional wisdom demands that African Americans should not only never forget but should remain in anger, bitterness, resentment, and animosity towards the Caucasians who did this evil to them.
While this is an incredibly charged and divisive issue, it is crucial to understand that following conventional wisdom is the low road of least resistance and will never deliver the healing and restoration that is needed.
The high road that those who have been hurt should take is that of forgiveness and making use of what they are already having.
It is possible to allow their past history of slavery to become the stepping stone to bigger and better things. But the continuous focus on the pain and hurt is a distraction that they cannot afford to have.
More in, Racism, Where Is Your Sting? A provocative look at the beginning and the end of racism
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Originally published at https://www.erictangumonkem.com on May 29, 2020.