Racism & the Sins of Diversity

Project 2, Post 3: Racism & the Sins of Diversity

(Project 2 is all about the battle between good and evil.)

Racism is (a) the belief that race accounts for the difference in human character and/or ability; (b) discrimination or prejudice based on race.

 

Prejudice is (a) dislike for people of a specific race, religion, etc.; (b) the act or state of holding preconceived beliefs/judgments/convictions without adequate information.

 

Discrimination is treatment or consideration based on class or category, such as race or gender, rather than based on individual merit; partiality or prejudice.

Reflection:

I decided to add a little color to the background of my painting for bit more variety in tone. As I swept my brush across the canvas leaving behind small touches of blue and brown, the word “color” blinked inside of my mind, the letters made of bright, showbiz lights. Color! Color! Color!

…….My mind then leaped right into the heavy topic of skin color.

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I recently ran across the above post, by a person named Paul Noble, on Facebook. I literally gasped out loud. Few examples of present day racism are so obvious and unapologetic.

There you have it, my fellow Americans… Our society now values the wrapping paper more than the package inside! Gee…What could go wrong?

The “diversity” (or the lack there of) which is alluded to in this Facebook post is not true diversity, but is instead the new, elitist, limited form of diversity that is strictly confined to what you are on the outside; what you look like (or more specifically your skin color and what equipment you have between your legs). That ol’ saying, “Beauty is only skin deep,” has been thrown out with the bathwater. That’s right… You are now only as good as the color of your skin and your genital package.

New Diversity Definition: (Noun) (a) a tool used to bestow and to designate an individual’s or group’s value/worth based on race and sex; (b) a means by which a subgroup(s) of humans effectively shames, denigrates, and gains control over another subgroup(s); (c) a method for justifying one’s own racist inclinations toward a group of people.

Beware! This is a tool of evil! This “diversity” has no resemblance to love. Love does not seek to diminish others. Love does not keep records of wrong. Love fights against our human inclination to hate and to disparage. Love treasures one’s character, no matter the exterior. Love frees us from the weight of anger and blame, while hate wallows in it.

Make no mistake! Satan (Lucifer) is the force behind such fixations on our exteriors: after all, he was the most beautiful angel in Heaven and was enormously self-absorbed. Let’s take a moment to review exactly who Satan is so that we may more readily see his influence upon our world.

Created by God, Lucifer (meaning brightness) was one of the two angels seated beside the throne of the Heavenly Father. (Ezekiel 28:13, 15; Psalms 99:1). He is sometimes referred to as the morning star or day star. He was created perfect; glorious in splendor, beauty and wisdom. “You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty… Every precious stone was your covering” (Ezekiel 28:12,13). Satan was also gifted with song. However, Lucifer allowed his beauty and pride to corrupt his wisdom for the sake of his own splendor. (Ezekiel 28:17). He sought out to exalt himself above God. Subsequently, a celestial war broke out in heaven. One-third of the Heaven’s angels joined Lucifer’s devious army. “Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in Heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole Earth, and his angels were cast out with him” (Revelation 12:7-9).

*It was Satan’s inflated ego and obsession with his own exterior that ultimately caused his fall from grace. Now, we too are heading down the path of Lucifer into a skin-deep hell-whole where the stakes are high and the ultimate cost will be our own souls’ fall from grace.

Right now, make a decision. Will you surrender your soul to the idolatry of diversity – of judging people by their skin color or sex? Or, will you remain true to Christ, closing off your heart to the creeping hatred of Satan and his evil sin of vanity? Deep down, we all know what the right choice is. There are no gray areas here. This is a matter of right and wrong; good and evil. Choose good!

Artistic Process:

Using a broad brush and keeping it damp, I smeared blues and browns onto the canvas, being careful not to apply too much. I kept white paint and black paint on hand to blend the colors as needed.

DO YOU LOVE? Or….

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                           DO YOU LOVE?

OUR WORLD NEEDS MORE LOVE!

While often read during Christian weddings, there is no mention of romance, marriage or other coupling within 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. True love is not an affection for or attraction to another person. True love is an action; something we each must do– outwardly and at all times- for all our fellow man. True love is a verb that, when practiced to the fullest extent in our power, benefits the whole of humanity.

*We all need to reflect on our own actions and motives. I created the below table so that we can all focus and dedicate ourselves to filling the world with more LOVE through our own lives! 

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 LOVE IS / DOES: LOVE IS NOT / DOES NOT:
“Love is patient…” Enduring, does not give up, lasting Fail, die, transient, fleeting, short-lived, brief, temporary
“…Love is kind. Charitable, good, respectful, gentle, nice Cruel, malicious, malevolent, maleficent, mean
“It does not envy…” Gracious, content Jealous, covetous, grudging
“…it is not proud.” Humble, meek, unpretentious Prideful, boastful, self-congratulatory, dominating, smug, egotistic, conceited, condescending, cocky, pompous, hubristic, arrogant, patronizing
“It does not dishonor others…” Respects, honors, credits Slur, brand, shame, disgrace, discredit, brand, condemn, stigmatize
“…it is not self-seeking…” Selfless, benevolent, considerate, self-sacrificing, generous Selfish
“…it is not easily angered…” Peaceful, patient, calm Volatile, hypersensitive, demanding, irritable, snappish, impatient, hot-headed, petulant, excitable
“….it keeps no record of wrongs.” Forgives, unburdens, liberates, pardons, remits, passes over Resentful, avenging, vengeful, retaliatory, punishing; blame, begrudge, abominate
“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” Rejoices – Glorifies, celebrates, exalts, triumphs, jubilates, exuberates

 

Truth – Virtue, righteousness, correctness, actuality, authenticity, morality, honesty, facts, good, right, ethical, just, pure

Evil – Deceit, wicked, libertine, sinful, poisonous, menacing, falsehoods, villainous, perverted, wrong, illegal, unwholesome, defiling, condemned, dishonest, depraved, obscene, cruel, sordid, snide, mean, contemptible, vile, vicious, unrighteous, unlawful, nefarious, rotten, deadly, hazardous, harmful, hostile, noxious, detrimental, damaging
“It always protects…” Conserves, preserves, forfends, guards, defends, safeguards, shields, secures, resists Assail, assault, attack, bombard, besiege, cave, submit, yield
“…always trusts…” Believes in, confides; faith, sureness Suspicion, distrust, mistrust, doubt
“…always hopes…” Awaits, anticipates, believes, expects, envisions; positive Doubt, question, despair; cynical, negative, discouraged, nihilistic
“…always perseveres.” Persists, carries on Quit, give up, bow, falter, succumb
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*Notice that in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 there is no reference to: affirmation of, agreement with, acceptance of, political affiliation – nor of race, color, gender, etc.                               Love is for ALL the world – no “ifs,” “ands” or “buts.” We must work to love ALL people.

You can be part of the solution or part of the problem. Which part will you play?

Project 1, Post 8: A Little Pizzazz! And a Prayer

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Reflection:

The background of my painting definitely possesses a “coolness factor.” As I described in Post 1 of this project, I reused my canvas and created this painting over the top of one that I had already made, but wasn’t fond of. In addition, I glued squares of aluminum foil to my canvas and then painted over them. Thus, the background of my painting is lumpy and bumpy, full of texture! I love it! Looking at my flowers, however, I decided my work needed one last touch…

I set out to add texture to my flowers. What did I have to lose? After all, from its inception, this project was all about experimentation. The key, though, would be adding pizzazz without taking away from the integrity of the flowers; to enhance, not detract.

The nature of my challenge defined: to help, not harm

How could I act in the best interest of my blue flowers (helping, not harming) and also act in the best interest of my entire painting? What would be the best way to enhance the flowers while also benefiting my painting as a  whole  (again – help, not harm)?

In philosophy, it is called “Consequentialism,” a viewpoint that is focused on producing the best overall results (consequences).  Love is a key element of consequentialism. Loving all people is central: We try to create the best outcomes and benefits for others impartially, as long as helping one person does not harm others.

“Everything you do should be done in love.”

1 Corinthians 16:14

As I rummaged through my art supplies in search of that perfect “ingredient” to enhance my blue flowers, I began to philosophically ponder the state of our country through the lens of consequentialism. This contemplation then led me to realize I have not been doing my part, I had not been regularly praying for our country’s leaders.  Perhaps you too have forgotten this duty lately.

Leaders have pretty tough jobs and often need our prayers.If America’s leadership is to help its citizens without adversely harming them as well – consequentialism – then we must support them through the power of prayer.

When Harry S. Truman took up the office of the Presidency after Franklin Roosevelt’s death, he wrote down a prayer for himself. His prayer was…

“…At this moment, I have in my heart a prayer. As I have assumed my heavy duties, I humbly pray Almighty God, in the words of King Solomon: ‘Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad; for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?’ I ask only to be a good and faithful servant of my Lord and my people.”

God has instructed us on the power of prayer and he has instructed us to pray for our lands and our leaders, assuring us that he has the power to direct the hearts of our kings (Proverbs 21:1). And so, that we must do…

We must pray for the city in which we live and the country in which we live, for “…if it prospers, so too will you prosper” (Jeremiah 29:7).

We must ask that those who lead be given the gift of wisdom and that they “serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling” (Psalm 2:10-11).

These things we must do; through humbleness, benevolent prayer, and giving thanks we shall be able to live out a “quiet and peaceful” life (Timothy 2:1-2).

And so  my  work begins, so too  your  work begins… I will keep reminding myself of my duty to pray for my country, my duty to pray for those who serve and for those who lead my country. And, I will also pray that you will take up this cross with me as we continue ahead, day by day.

Amen.

Artistic Process:

I came across two bottles of fabric paint (that’s right, fabric paint); one yellow, one gold. This medium provided an excellent 3-D quality without overpowering the piece itself. First I used the yellow to loosely outline each flower petal, choosing squiggly lines to avoid unwanted rigidity of appearance. Next I used the gold paint to follow the petals again, this time placing the gold paint just to the inside of the yellow paint.

Next, I dripped a couple of tiny droplets of water on a couple of petals on each flower. I used my finger to smear the water into the fabric paint to blur the yellow and gold paints together in just a few select places. This was done simply to give another element of light and depth to the flowers.

Finally, I added dots of gold to accent the center of my flowers.

Viola!

*This was the final step of my painting. Next, I will create a post to display the final product.

Project 1, Post 2: Whitewashing

“Whitewashing”

Refection:

After whitewashing over the gray paint and aluminum squares, I noticed the subtle variations within the new cream color of my canvas. My incomplete painting was actually quite diverse!

Suddenly, my mind immediately went straight to the social justice term, “diversity.”

Diversity is defined as A) the quality of being different/containing differences, B) having or including people of different ethnicities and/or backgrounds, and C) possessing a variety of styles, views and ideas.

Over the past couple of years, “diversity” has taken on an entirely new form from what we Americans had embraced so lovingly in our desire for civil liberties for and the mutual respect of all Americans. Diversity once encompassed the idea of different cultures and ethnicities living together as one, peaceful, society while being able to maintain their own individual identities, thoughts and cultural practices (so long as no other human is physically harmed), all while simultaneously respecting others and allowing them the freedom to do the same. That idea of diversity focused on America as a mosaic and on mutual respect, loving one another, liberty, cultural appreciation and a mutual goal of seeking a better society, and, it *specifically encouraged the moral ideal of not judging others by the color of their skin.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”  ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Now, the term “diversity” seems to have been hijacked by an ever-growing array of anger-driven groups of “social justice warriors” infected with Orwellian thought, seeking to spread their infection and to gain power only for themselves. By definition, Orwellian is a term that refers to a societal condition that is harmful to the overall welfare of people, of society, and of freedom. This condition is accomplished through propaganda, legal force, manipulation, the blurring of the truth, agenda driven education, and the mass misinformation of the public through the use of euphemisms in order to “name” certain occurrences while the “name” itself represents the complete opposite of what is actually occurring.

Our new, Orwellian “diversity,” disregards and often outright attempts to eliminate the ideas of loving and respecting others, personal liberty, and, most importantly, difference and variety; all of this is done under the guise of tolerance, equality, individuality, anti-bias and social justice – and of course “diversity.”  It is important for us to understand that those often operating under the guise of progress are egocentric wolves in sheep’s’ clothing.

No longer are individual ideas and viewpoints encouraged. Free-thinking individuals who make the mistake of deviating from   the mob   while contributing to group discussions have now become the    “enemies of progress.”    Individual thought has been replaced with “group thought.” Diversity of ideas and the act of sharing those ideas has been relabeled by the thought police as “hate speech,” “bias,” “bigotry,” and “racism” and has ultimately been replaced by single, homogeneous, and entirely    non-diverse     “acceptable” ideas, “acceptable” speech, and “acceptable” views.    All deviations are met not with tolerance, but with visceral disgust and, often, attempts at public humiliation and vengeance.

Mutual respect of other cultures and the idea of “live and let live” is now seen, to many, as a discrimination and an anti-intellectual argument (put forth by uneducated, superstitious trash) which should be muted immediately and permanently. All of this is done under the guise of multiculturalism.

Science, which is a very dynamic (ever-changing) field of study has also been taken over by Orwellian control. No longer is it necessary for a  “theory”  to be replicated through the Scientific Process in order to be considered a  “fact.”  Scientists who still embody the beautiful, discovery-oriented scientific thought processes involving imagination, experimentation, curiosity, and the consideration of all possibilities and all possible outcomes are quickly chewed up, spit out, shunned, de-funded and condemned to silence.

Most disturbing, however, is the idea that we are all now judged not by the content of our character as the late Rev. King had dreamed of, but are instead judged entirely on our skin color. Our society has reversed course and has begun erasing all of the progress that the civil rights movement made. White is bad. Every other color is good. End of discussion.

*Back to my painting in progress…

What all too many people now fail to see is that each different ethnicity is filled with diversity within itself. All Asians do not hold the same religion or beliefs. Not all Hispanics vote Democrats. Black Americans who hold conservative views are not “Uncle Toms.” Not all white Americans are “racists,” bound and determined to oppress others. My “whitewashed” painting is still full of diverse elements, variations of tone and depth, regardless of its cream color. Instead of condemning others or promoting others solely based on skin color, we should be focused on recognizing the true diversity among all Americans and on finding a way to allow all people to hold on to their dignity, loving them as Christ loves us. Anything else is digression.

Instead of falling in line like sheep, greedily gobbling up the grass of re-branded and re-purposed “diversity,” we must use our freedom of speech, granted to use by God, to share Truth. Only through love can America have healing. Only through love can America have prosperity. Tough love in the form of verbally speaking the truth and of actively adhering to the truth in practice in our own lives is one of the most loving acts humans can do for others who have lost their way. It also brings us closer to God, keeping us alert and reminding us not to fall into the trap of hate.

If we seek true diversity and personal liberty, then we must walk ahead, eyes wide open, with Christ, bravely rejecting Satan’s influence in our society.

Art Process:

I used cream acrylic paint, highly diluted. Using long brush strokes spread across several coats and allowing time to dry, I layered a thin coating of cream paint onto my canvas. I also allowed the paint to pool naturally in various places. Next week I will play playing with color blocking.