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Racism and Elitism in Higher Education

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  1. Mezzula5 says:

    “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:17)
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    “…And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” (John 8:11)
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    Peace,
    Mezzula5

  2. Mark Mollenkof says:

    Until you have walked in another man’s shoes… I agree that each of us sees the world through our own cultural lenses and it can be dangerous to try and interpret what someone else sees. However when you are part of the majority culture it becomes very easy to believe that your view is the only correct one. When confronted with evidence that we may have a biased, bigoted or racist view we often retreat behind the walls of “innocent ignorance” or a simple mistake” or ” a wrong choice of words”. When will we face the fact that our world view is a fallen mess and must be corrected by the “Great Opthalmologist” through the correction of a more Biblical lens? May I become more like Jesus in the way I see every individual and more aware of the imago dei in them.

    1. Carter says:

      Most of us think we see clearly and rightly interpret rightly what we see and what we experience and also what we read in our Bibles; it matters not our culture or our gender or our age. If we thought otherwise we would change. And even if we allow for other correct understandings, we still believe ours is the best and that is why we hold what we hold.

      All of us have biases, most of us are more apt to see the speck and miss the beam, and few really embrace the idea that it is the glory of a man to overlook a fault and extend the same grace to others that we have received from God.

  3. Mezzula5 says:

    “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” (Galatians 6:1)

    Peace,
    Mezzula5

  4. I agree with Carter, it’s important to look at the lens we use to view the world before leveling any accusations. When I arrived in the US, the best advice I received was: never confuse ignorance and curiosity with racism. I marvel when I hear people describing my experiences using accusatory words. When people called me Edmund instead of Edmond, I laughed; people back home called me Edmund too. I heard it’s microaggression when people repeatedly mispronounce my last name; I didn’t care. Maybe it was because I wanted to learn how to navigate within diverse cultures and I knew any accusations I level against those who didn’t understand my culture was the same accusation leveled against me.

  5. Carter says:

    Every one of us sees (and reads) things through our own eyes and we each interpret those things through the grid of our prejudices and our own experiences, real and imagined. How clearly we see and how accurately we interpret and report the things we see and experience might not actually be known to us or to those to whom we are reporting, and there-in lays a difficulty.

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