There are many rioters, looters and shooters in the streets throughout America. The American media presents a picture of the worst elements of our current culture. The Irish poet W. B. Yeats prophesied this picture in his 1919 poem, The Second Coming. He wrote,
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
These rioters, “full of passionate intensity”, say that their cause is to end so-called “systemic racism” against Blacks. However, any inequalities of Blacks in education, housing, employment, wealth, and leadership positions are not due to systemic racism against Blacks.
These inequalities are not the result of the acts of individual Americans practicing racism against persons who are Black, such that they pervade the entire society and constitute systemic racism. These inequalities are probably the result of economic factors that the poor of all races share and the fact that Blacks constitute only 13.4% of the population of America, which may cause natural disparities of their numbers in leadership positions.
Systemic racism against Blacks is a belief by some that the White race is superior to the Black race, which belief permeates and is practiced as a system by denial and discrimination against Blacks throughout America. It is supposedly “systemic” because it supposedly affects the whole social body in a similar way that systemic cancer is throughout and affects the whole human body. As someone said to me, “This racist country stinks!” To which I replied, “Not true! Tens of thousands of people of all races throughout the world desperately want to become American immigrants.”
True systemic racism would include Nazi Germans against Jews; South Africans against Blacks; and Southern Americans against Blacks. These people practiced the denial of so-called “inferior” races to employment, housing, public accommodations, education and the right to vote and to hold political offices. None of these denials exist in today’s America. Rather, they are legal rights and the denial of these rights or discrimination against races is prohibited.
These moral wrongs were corrected by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It also prohibits unequal application of voter registration requirements, and racial segregation in schools, employment, and public accommodations. All of these moral corrections resulted from peaceful, non-violent demonstrations throughout America. There are certainly individual acts of racism and violence still practiced against Blacks, but they are not practiced throughout America such that they constitute “systemic racism.”
The Black Lives Matter organizational title sounds like they promote justice for Blacks. However, it was founded by three self-proclaimed Marxists. In the words of one Black Lives Matter leader, [we] “should burn down this system and replace it.” The Black Lives Matter online manifesto opposes the “Western-prescribed nuclear family structure” and seeks to free “ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking.”
Dr. Carol M. Swain, a former Black professor at Vanderbilt University, said, “It’s very clear to me that the Black Lives Matter organization is about something bigger than Black people, that it really is pushing a Socialist, Marxist agenda.”
Karl Marx was a pioneer Communist who co-authored, with Frederick Engels, the pamphlet The Communist Manifesto on February 21, 1848. Marx falsely taught that the history of society was governed by economics and class division between the workers and the capitalists. He taught that the working class was oppressed by capitalists and urged them to rebel. These errors helped to cause the violent Russian Revolution that began on October 25, 1917 and resulted in the deaths of millions of innocent people.
Today’s Marxists, like the Black Lives Matter founders, seek to bring division in the social order between Blacks, who are supposedly “oppressed”, and their White Supremacists, who are supposedly the “oppressors.” The Black Lives Matter leader who wants to “burn down this system and replace it” did not say with what he would replace it. But their cause of “systemic racism” does not exist! It’s just a slogan to bring their violent revolution. History has taught us that this leads to militant atheism, materialism, the elimination of private property, state dictatorship and the deaths of over 100 million innocent people as in Russia, China, North Korea, Vietnam, Cuba, Venezuela and the killing fields of Cambodia.
Racism is a moral evil. It is the denial of the equal dignity of all people and races, created in the image of God with equal innate dignity and rights. “Every form of social or cultural discrimination in fundamental personal rights on the grounds of sex, race, color, social conditions, language, or religion must be curbed and eradicated as incompatible with God’s design.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church No. 1935).
So, what is the remedy for the false narrative of the Marxists that Blacks are oppressed by systemic racism of Whites in America? We should love God and all of his children regardless of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin and turn to Jesus King of All Nations who said, “I am the remedy!” He pleads with us to practice his Devotion in order that he may, as he said, “pour out abundant blessings upon poor, aching mankind.” He said, “This shall call down My mercy and My healing upon the world.” Let us pray for unity of the races and not division!
Jesus said, “Yes, in this Devotion to me as Jesus King of All Nations, entreat my Kingly Heart with the prayer of this Chaplet of Unity that I myself, your sovereign Lord Jesus Christ, have given you!… Unity and oneness in Spirit was my own prayer for all mankind and my Church as my own last testament before I gave my life as Savior of all mankind! As I am one with my Father and the Holy Spirit, my will is all that mankind be one in me, so that one faith, one fold, and one shepherd will be gathered together under my Sovereign Kingship as Lord.”
You may find the Chaplet of Unity here.