81 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 9-14-20

  1. Good morning. Such as it is.
    I opened the e-mail and this was the first thing I saw:

    “Alleged Black Lives Matter activists attempted to block the entrance to a hospital in Los Angeles late on Saturday night that two deputies were rushed to after being shot during an apparent assassination attempt. Witnesses later said that the far-left activists, who shouted outside that they hoped the deputies died, attempted to storm the emergency room where the deputies were taken.”

    We are in trouble. Never in our brief history has anything like this happened before.

    I hate to open with this sort of thing, but I have an Un-christian attitude toward some of this.
    What can be done about it? I don’t know. Most of us, even non-Christian are opposed to this, but there seems no way to fight back.

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  2. If I were in the emergency room when people tried to storm it, I would have resisted with deadly force using whatever instrument I could find.
    No kidding. I would have killed someone..

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  3. I prayed when I read the same news yesterday. My daughter said the ER entrance at that hospital is poor and reminded me EMTS do not go into dangerous conditions and protestors generally don’t hassle them.

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  4. Morning! That photo could cause one to thing that little guy is inside that feeder! Great shot! (We have one lone hummingbird hanging around our feeders. And the bees are swarming around the feeders trying to extract the last bit of nectar.
    Chas I have had those same emotions well up inside of me upon reading of such horrific turn of events happening in our nation. Something must be done to reign in the terrorists but I have this feeling it is too late. They have been given the freedom to destroy and there seems to be no turning back. If it were not for my trust in knowing our Creator has full control I believe there would be a wringing of the hands….but still it is concerning to watch this unfold with my earthly eyes…. 😢

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  5. We’re doing a church-wide study of Daniel this fall. The pastor began his sermon series yesterday.

    My Sunday school class began the same study three weeks ago, so we’re a little ahead, as befits a precocious group of Christians who have walked with God a long time. (5 elders and their wives are in this study. Mr. Sunday School is not, but the long time women’s Bible study leader is–me. It’s hard to keep quiet since I haven’t taught since February!)

    Anyway, one of the questions had to do with control (don’t we all end here?), and someone observed that when so much is out of our control, we attempt to control what we can.

    Some believe that is why teenage girls become anorexia–what they eat is the one thing they can control and so they do.

    I also think that is what adds to tension in the home. I can’t do anything–beyond pray–about the horrific air quality, but I can demand my child do his schoolwork perfectly.

    But that child has even fewer things he can control that we have. He can control how well he/does not do his schoolwork.

    Thus a vicious cycle begins.

    I’ve been working on this office stacked with books and papers. But three moving boxes were full of genealogy material. I’ve been going through it, have filled a recycling bin, but there is more. It’s all stacked downstairs.

    When my daughter was here, I pulled out three Rubbermaid bins of unscanned photos. We sorted them. They’re spread around in the same downstairs. I need to start scanning.

    My agent saw my proposal and wants me to rewrite the beginning of the biography. (That came down Friday). I need to start that.

    The bookshelf in here is in order, everything else is stacks of paper. I’d like to paint as well and restore things.

    I’d like at least the feeling of control returned.

    But it’s not coming. I can’t believe I’m typing this, but, I think I’ll go shopping instead!

    See how out of control things are? And I don’t have that hypothetical child, much less a bunch of them, at home.

    We need to be gracious, kind, forgiving, loving, and either helpful or looking the other way.

    Oh, good morning if you read this far! 🙂

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  6. The foundation of the United States is unique in the world. Some countries, Canada, Australia, etc are following close behind, but we originated the concept of liberty and self government. Events are beginning to show that individual liberty doesn’t work. The “right to protest” needs some serious constraints. The imposition of them goes against our convictions of freedom of expression. But something has to be done.
    The “right for self-expression” does not include the right to interfere with someone else.

    Sorry to turn this into a politics thread, but someone “Kicked my bucket” (as my dad used to say.)

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  7. Thankfully this is a space where we can still express our feelings in truth. Thank you, AJ, again! And thanks be to God!

    Good morning, Wanderers, although the wanderings have been lessened dramatically in 2020. We still wander vicariously in far-away areas through each other’s posts.

    Time for me to get into the reality of life by doing my Bible study. I liked how Nancyjill spoke of the invisible world of God that is truly in control no matter how often our finite and limited vision and brain powers tell us otherwise.

    Yes, people are grasping for control and power in the petty little things. It is another way that the evil one has of creating the chaos, unrest, and disharmony that is his fuel. Our small human kingdoms are diminishing. Hopefully God’s kingdom is expanding on earth unnoticed in big ways right now.

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  8. My senior pastor is preaching through Proverbs, and yesterday the sermon was on self-control. He didn’t mention the riots, but I kept thinking about them. Far from rewarding self-control and punishing those who hurt others, we seem to be rewarding lawlessness. The irony of it all is that we seem to be doing it in the name of tipping the scales, making up for hurting black people in the past. But black people aren’t “profiting” from this lawlessness (except the occasional black person among the looters). A lot of it is white people causing mayhem and destruction, and to a large extent they’re doing it in black communities and to black-owned businesses. And they’re even being rude, aggressive, and violent to black people, if those black people happen to be police officers.

    It should be clear by now to everyone (but apparently it isn’t) that this extended outrage has little or nothing to do with the protection of black people. Clearly it is being done by people who don’t have responsible adult lives (e.g., jobs and families and property of their own) and probably by those with no investment in the community. It isn’t just a temper tantrum that they’ll do for five minutes and then apologize because they really do love and respect Mom and Dad. They have no respect for authority, and the longer authorities allow them to cause bedlam, the less respect they’ll have. And I fear we’ve created a monster no one has discussed: there’s no natural end to this. Continuing to do it (and getting away with it) is fueling the adrenaline of the rioters and making them lust for more and more of this sense of power and fame. Do they continue to do the same old thing, or do they start aiming bigger to get the same high? And like the child who desperately wants to know he isn’t at the top of the authority structure in his family, that Daddy really is bigger and stronger than he is and can (and will) stop him when he steps over the line, who is there to protect these rioters themselves from giving in to their worst instincts, and the communities from suffering further from them?

    They want Trump out of office, and they don’t care what gets burned or destroyed if that happens. But we have almost two months until the election, it’s likely to be a contested one–and will they magically just stop afterward? Or will mayors and governors start trying to rein them in afterward? (Too little, too late, and much harder after you’ve been allowing it for months?)

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  9. OUt of control, in control, trying to control…oh haven’t I done it all! I know that I live in a bubble. I had that pointed out to me Saturday when I asked Mr. P what good did it do for people to burn down their communities. Why not use that same emotional energy to make it better? After a long berating for my closet racism and white priviledge and being told several times that just having people I work with of different races and religions wasn’t good enough — I need to start attending an all black church so I can hear what they have to say, I am emotionally drained.
    Have I been racist in my past? Have I been homophobic in my past? Yes. I was taught in the school I attended. Am I now? I don’t think so. When George Floyd was killed and those riots broke out in June, our Assistant MCA (a black woman a little younger than I am and the mother of a son) and I were alone in the office, we looked at each other and all I could say was, “I know you have a son”. We both had tears in our eyes and I hugged her as hard as I could — even with Covid.
    My father has been gone for 12 years now. He drove me crazy the last 10-15 years of his life telling me “I won’t live to see it, but you and that baby will. This country is headed to a race war”. I really makes me angry that it looks like he was right.

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  10. Kim, there are good books written by people on the concept of white privilege. I would check that out. Not all blacks believe in that and, of course, not all people of other races. You need to get one or two of those books so you have some answers. That type of thinking helps no one, IMO. Do we all need to examine ourselves and our love or lack thereof for others no matter who they are. Your man, for example, might examine is view that his thinking is superior to yours. Talk about a bubble. Sorry if I am out of line, but that gets my dander up, too. Or perhaps it is my box being kicked, which is an expression I never heard before.

    Our hummingbird feeders have been cleaned and put way for spring. They are always fun to watch.

    My daughter mentioned that Mike the pillow guy and someone else will be in a town nearby today. They will be stumping for Trump. I would like to read Mike’s book someday. The mayors who endorsed Trump are getting blow back. Biden signs have been scarce, but we see more now. I think they have woken up. This area has never had so much attention about political matters before.

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  11. Y’all, my neighbor, across the street two doors down was my high school senior English teacher, daughter of my county School Superintendent, former county Board of Education member, and one I had great admiration for because I loved her tough class and aced it . . . has a Black Lives Matter sign along with a Biden for President sign in her yard. I know she is getting up there in age. She was in graduate school when I was a high school senior. I always said that it was difficult to homeschool when living across the street from the Board of Education!

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  12. I have seen not one Trump sign in my neighborhood, but my friend Florence who lives in a nearby neighborhood has some Trump signs in that section. Biden and Black Lives Matter are all over the place here.

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  13. I was sitting here reading.
    Then thinking about our world situation
    Then I started praying, and said, “come Lord Jesus”.
    And it entered my head, not audibly, but almost.
    “It will get worse before it gets better.”
    I don’t know what all that means.
    Ask the Lord to give us another chance.

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  14. Hummingbirds: we put out three feeders in the spring but the hummers were so busy with the flowers, I never refilled them. They tend to draw more wasps and hornets than I care to feed. Anyway, we continued to have a lot of hummers all summer as we have tried to ensure lots of hummingbird friendly flowers bloom throughout the year.

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  15. I have been reading through the Reader’s bible and God and my husband seem to be in agreement. These people are too stupid to rule themselves. Only God does not put it that way.

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  16. We had hoped to escape by being nice, but it does not work. We are still a fallen people living in a world of dead people. We who have been made alive have hope that none of the others have We know what happens after it ends. We are going to be fine. We need to be about the business of prayer and showing others the hope that is in us.

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  17. The shooting of the two deputies was horrifying. I realize, too, that they’re at a hospital I was going to have to call for one of my election advance stories (on a ballot measure that would tax for-profit hospitals and it apparently is aimed at this particular facility that just switched from non-profit to for-profit); I suppose the hospital spokesperson I need to call this week will have her hands full now.

    And yes, the protests at the ER door were disturbing. There is a very extremist component helping to drive to movement.

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  18. I can see that there is some serious discussion going on here today, and I will join it later, but for right now I am jumping in with a little levity (before I forget what I was going to say).

    DJ – Last night you wrote:

    “All the stores have mountains of Halloween candy right now. But there will be no (or minimal) trick-or-treating, parties, or haunted houses. Who’s going to buy all that candy?”

    The people who buy and eat up the candy before Halloween even gets here, that’s who. (And yes, we have done that once or twice, and had to buy more.) 😀

    But also, more seriously, a lot of people in our town are still planning on having children trick-or-treating. It is something that can be done with at least an attempt at social distancing, and the children can wear masks to go along with their costumes.

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  19. LA County initially said it would “ban” trick-or-treating along with Halloween carnivals and other events; they’ve since modified that somewhat, just saying it’s not advisable to do any of those things this year.

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  20. Democracy is a Greek word, and Republic is a Latin word and those two civilizations were the forebears of all the civilizations that have followed. This is confirmed by Nebuchanezzar’s vision of the image with a golden head (Babylon), silver torso (Persia), bronze loins (Greece), iron legs (Rome), and feet of iron mixed with clay (all subsequent kingdoms and nations). Daniel, in interpreting the dream, even predicted how Rome’s strengths would be mixed with weakness in every following kingdom: “And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.” (Daniel 2:42) Daniel goes on to tell the interpretation of the stone that smashed the feet of the image:
    “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.”
    Only one kingdom can stand the test of time, and it is not of this world (John 18:36).

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  21. Our neighborhood has lots of trick-or-treaters, usually. It’ll be interesting to see what happens this year.

    I did buy some pumpkin muffins at sprouts yesterday.

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  22. Dog was barking throughout the staff call today, but not one of mine. Whoever the owner was, wasn’t fessing up.

    woof woof woof woof

    And last night walking the dogs I could hear the sea lions barking, the sound travels up the hill from the harbor.

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  23. Two years ago, there was a British hospital that was stormed by a group of protestors who had been stirred up by exaggerated reports concerning a young child whose terminal illness had caused a controversy. The controversy was concerning whether the parents could take their child, who was dying of a rare condition and whom the British hospital wanted to place in hospice care, to an Italian hospital for experimental treatment, and the British courts had ruled against the parents – LifeSiteNews outright lied by claiming the child was being neglected in the British hospital, a claim contradicted by the report of the Italian hospital on the child’s treatment in the British hospital, as the report that praised the high quality of care that had been given to him by the British hospital. But, ignoring the actual facts, so-called pro-life activists stirred up a mob of protest to block the entrance of the hospital and theyeven tried to break into the ICU where other children, besides the one in question, lay on life support. I saw many posts on the subject from Christian friends and relatives, and none expressed concern for the endangered safety of the other children in that hospital by the supposedly pro-life protest, and indeed several said the hospital deserved it. People compartmentalize their sense of common decency all the time to their own particular source of indignation, justifying actions in their cause that they would condemn in others. As Jesus warned, it is easier to see the mote in a brother’s eye than the beam in one’s own.

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  24. As many people say, “Random thoughts…”

    I worked in “True” South Central L.A. at the middle school where the Crips started; “Whazz up, Cuzz?” On the Monday after the Rodney King riots as I drove down Firestone Blvd. there were Marine Humvees with a Marine standing behind the M-60 machine gun mounted on top at every side street. When I got to school and talked with another teacher about it we came to the conclusion that Marines don’t arrest people, they kill them. Evidently the gang bangers came to the same conclusion; the little old ladies in the neighborhoods liked them there, they could come out because it was safe.

    What has to happen to stop rioting? “Shoot on sight!” has always been the answer.

    Why were many Korean owned businesses NOT looted during those same Rodney King riots? Korean store owners standing guard with rifles, shot guns and pistols.

    What would Cornelius the Centurion have done? Think 2 strikes…

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  25. This was about the best I could do quickly. When you click on the map link down in the left hand corner you will see Petit Bois Island, it is just south of Pascagoula MS which right now is the projected landfall of what will be Hurricane Sally. Then look in the blue inlet of Mobile Bay, see the Y in bay and the little point of land. I am about 5 miles east of that point of land. Michelle has been there. I can’t remember if I took Cheryl there or not.
    Today is September 14, 2020. On September 12 of 1979 Hurricane Frederick made landfall at Dauphin Island. I was around for that one. 41 years and we have been spared a direct hit. We are due. I remember the silence in the eye of the storm. It was eerie, it was complete calm before the wind howled again and tornados spun around our house. This one … I don’t know yet. I am on high ground and have no trees that are a threat to my house. This one might rattle me a little.
    https://www.google.com/search?q=map+of+coastal+alabama+and+mississippi&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=12rqOdQpR9WvrM%252CMSsXsHn68WWvBM%252C_&vet=1&usg=AI4_-kS89VUIo9QAUz_wZmZZTtPbmLuG8Q&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwik-s3Pj-nrAhVtmeAKHXd-DLQQ9QF6BAgFEDM#imgrc=IQaMByIP-GZ2aM

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  26. Anytime there’s a “crowd” gathered around a cause — gathering at a particular time and place — there’s a danger (almost a guarantee in some cases) that emotions can and will take over.

    Reports have said it was (only?) one, maybe a couple, voices that expressed the ‘hope’ that the officers would die at the hospital. One is too many, of course. It doesn’t take much for people to lose their heads in these situations, sadly.

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  27. Bob, that’s what China does, right?

    Let’s pray it never comes to that and that the demonstrations begin to lose steam (as unlikely as that seems now with the election just 8 weeks away and then the aftermath to deal with).

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  28. “Put up your sword into its place, for all they who take the sword will perish by the sword.” (Matthew 26:52)

    A concept of Christ’s, who also said said the turn the other cheek, that is, somewhat ironically, echoed in the words of Tevye in the Fiddler on the Roof, after his fiery neighbour says they should defend themselves from eviction by quoting “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” Tevye dryly replies, “Very good, that way, the whole world will be blind and toothless.”

    I have just been reading about the Waldensians and the persecution the recieved at the hands of the Duke of Savoy. Some took up up arms to defend themselves, but in the end, it did no good. Only time brought an end to the persecutions. The account mentioned that the mercenaries the the Duke of Savoy unleashed against the Waldensians were Irish, who were still bitter against Protestants after Cromwell’s army had massacred the Irish. The entire 17th century in Europe was one religiously motivated massacre after another, of whom the Waldensians and the mercenaries of the Duke of Savoy were only one example. The Thirty Years War, still considered one of the most devastating conflicts in history, between Catholic and Protestant states in northern and central Europe (now Germany and the Czech Republic), so decimated the population that some areas reinstated polygamy to try to rebuild the population. Huguenot and Catholic wars (Hugenots committed massacres too) in France ripped apart that country, permanently crippling its progress. The brutal occupation of the Catholic Spanish of the Netherlandsand the militant resistance of the Protestant Dutch shed much blood and sowed long lasting animosity. The English Civil War mangled England, leaving physical scars and political changes scars that last to this day, while the Covenanters and Monarchists alternately terrorized Scotland, rendering between them that proud country as a permanent vassal of England. My ancestors were among those forcibly moved from Scotland, where they were a problem to the English government, to be Protestant settlers in Ulster in Catholic Ireland. The Catholic Irish and Protestant Scots then took turns wiping out each other’s villages out, man, woman, and child, and the animosity lasted for centuries, leading to the Troubles of late 20th century Northern Ireland. The bloodshed caused by the tit-for-tat in that one century alone was enormous, and both sides claimed true Christianity. But Christianity forbids vengeance (Romans 12:19) proving that neither side was truly Christian. The past has many lessons to teach us, if we would only learn.

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  29. This famous speech from a popular British sci-fi television show sums up the futility of all revolutions and conflicts very well, and although it is a very secular show, it hints at the answer that God provided to all wounded people’s cries against injustice, the answer of forgiveness:

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  30. “White privilege” really does exist, but the term itself is off-putting to so many whites because of the word “privilege”. It would be easier to swallow if a different term had been coined. As Janie B. Cheaney says in a World essay:

    “Humans of all colors get defensive and argumentative when blamed for a situation they didn’t directly cause. What’s unnatural is to put aside one’s immediate response, listen thoughtfully, and judge whether any blame is justified. Maybe; maybe not. Having listened to Robin DiAngelo’s online talks, I can credit some of what she says, at least enough to think about it. It’s doubtless true that the black experience is different from white, that color influences perspective, and that biases can lie deeper than we know.”

    Here’s the link, if you want to read the whole thing:

    https://world.wng.org/2020/08/human_fragility?fbclid=IwAR3r6xtOrPYRK_ILWrWsPXnUHOEBi0Wq8u-U_9eR7Pn2gVzrd3r-RSn7DoA#.X15G87um8ws.facebook

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  31. Along the lines of what I said about the term “white privilege” offensive to many, but that a different term might have made the case better:

    “In January 2019, South Carolina’s Winthrop poll conducted a fascinating experiment. Winthrop polled people of all races across eleven Southern states. One question was phrased in two slightly different ways. Half of the people surveyed were asked whether they agreed that “whites have privileges that non-whites do not have.” The other half were asked whether they agreed that “non-whites face barriers that whites do not face.”

    Logically, of course the two questions mean exactly the same thing. But they yielded very different answers. When asked whether they enjoyed special “privilege,” only 50 percent of whites agreed. Among the most conservative whites, only 36 percent agreed. But when asked whether nonwhites faced extra “barriers,” 70 percent of all whites and a majority even of the most conservative whites agreed.

    People do not like being negatively judged. When they feel negatively judged, they hunker down. On the other hand, people do have a sense of fairness. When that is appealed to, they respond more generously.”

    That is a quote from David Frum’s book, Trumpocalypse: Restoring American Democracy. This was quoted by a friend of a friend on Facebook.

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  32. Regarding that poll Kizzie just mentioned, I kind of disagree that the two questions mean exactly the same thing. In a mathematical sense I guess they do. The problem I have is that the privilege should be the norm for everyone. The privilege is not the problem, the barriers are. So, yes, you can say that white people have privilege, but that is focusing on the wrong thing.

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  33. I am not scared. I am being overly cautious in this situation. The way he has my car now crammed in the garage so his truck will fit will make it where I can’t get the car out. The garage door is reinforced but hurricanes don’t know that. One vehicle should be out in the street faceing out of the neighborhood. But I don’t know much. I just grew up here.
    Tomorrow I will reason with him.

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  34. On the prayer thread, I had referred to some believers who forget that they are supposed to be ambassadors of Christ first and foremost. One thing (but not the only thing) that prompted that was a post on Facebook by Hubby’s friend Bill. It shows a photo of a woman, apparently a teacher at a Catholic school, giving “the finger” to a Trump/Pence bumper sticker. Someone who was offended by that captured the photo and added it to a post urging people to spread it around so that the school will take action against her (to fire her, I assume). It seems quite wrong for a believer to share a post that is purposely to get someone into trouble (maybe fired) for having a different political leaning.

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  35. Biden and BLM lawn signs abound here too. Next door, directly across the street, and next to that. One Trump sign in a far corner of the neighborhood, the only one as far as my dog walks have taken me.

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  36. We all have the privilege of being made in God’s image. I wish more would take time to understand what that means. To be truly making progress, we could go forward with that as a common denominator. Instead, the so called ‘progressives’ are stuck in looking backward to something that is beyond fixing by the human race. Our Father God is always forward thinking in telling people, “Go and sin no more.” By living where I live, I have been paying for racial injustice throughout my life. I can never pay enough for what is piled on me as a white in a majority black area. We do need to look back at history to learn not to repeat past mistakes.

    Thank God that I have black friends who are forward thinking.

    When I see what is happening these days, it continues to remind me of when my high school integrated and how everyone was cowering because of threats made of riots, etc. That was why the black guys got away with surrounding a white girl walking down the hallway.

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  37. Kizzie, I’d read that column just a couple days ago, she made some very good points.

    Yes, the term “white privilege” is off-putting. But I completely agree that whites have build-in advantages that blacks still do not (generally speaking). Slavery was not that very long ago in the U.S. and it’s a long road for a people to move forward out of that kind of history. It doesn’t happen in just a few generations.

    Even the Civil Rights movement was very recent in our history and is something most of us remember and witnessed in our own lifetimes, even though we were only kids.

    It occurred to me a while back, following some staff discussions we’d had on systemic racism, how that has impacted the availability of home ownership for blacks.

    The only way I ever was able to “buy” a house was because I was left my parents’ very modest home in a now somewhat poor area — so I was able to parlay the sale of that to get into a house of my own in a better area.

    But when you think about housing discrimination and how long that’s been entrenched, even informally, many blacks would not have that kind of advantage and would have to continue to rent.

    BTW, my family didn’t buy the house I grew up in until I was a teenager, we rented it along with other apartments/houses before that — so it’s hard for all working class folk, no matter what their color, but blacks I think do have added ‘barriers’ and hurdles stemming from their racial histories and challenges).

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  38. Kizzie (4:38), yes, we are called to protect our neighbors’ reputations.

    I haven’t seen many signs or bumper stickers around here there I’m not on the road as much as I typically used to be in pre-pandemic months. I mostly see “Bernie” bumper stickers. Never see a Trump sticker.

    Campaign ads for more local/regional races have also been rare, but I suspect it’s because we have so few (genuinely) contested races in the LA area which is so heavily Democrat now.

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  39. Connecticut is a pretty blue state, but my area is pretty red. A lady who recently moved to town wrote on her Facebook page that she has rednecks for neighbors. (I know this because one of her neighbors is a friend of Nightingale’s, and told her about it.) The area she lives in has some lovely homes, and is not lower class, but I guess she doesn’t like that they are not liberal like herself.

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  40. For the first time in several years, I was able to do a little fall decorating. 🙂

    Oh, and my daughter asked me to come when she’s moving to her new home so she can use my “decorating eye”. Oh, how that made my day! I also have tons of old cotton drapes and curtains that I kept for some reason – now I know that I am to give them to her. They are dyeable so she can make them any darker colour she wants until she can afford ones that suit her better.

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  41. Because if you can laugh you can survive anything. I went to school with the author of this. If I had known he was this funny then I might have been less shy.

    🚨(OFFICE of Guvna Ivey – Subject: Hurricane Sally🚨
    Coastal Alabamyins:
    The National Weatha Service has isshud a Hurricane Warnin’ for coastal Alabama and the majarrity of the state of Alabama. Due to the unpredictable maneuvahs of Hurricane Sally, I’m gettin’ out ahead of this thang and callin’ Alabama a disastah.
    All coastal Alabamyins south of I-10 should expect damagin’ winds and flash floodin’. Sally is gonna dump a summah full of rain ovah a few days. Unless ya neighbuh has a lift kit on that F-150, gettin’ around may be a little tough. For those in low lyin’ areas around the great rivahs in the state, sand bag ya doorways and get to highya ground. If you on Dauphin Island, the Church of the Highlands has stahted a prayer chain.
    As of today, all beaches are closin’. Coastal Alabamyins livin that 5% deductible, ADEM is suggestin’ you dry-dock ya Sea Rays, close those plantation shuttahs and board up with ½ inch plywood. If you plannin’ on runnin a generatah, please do so outdoahs. Lord knows we don’t need CNN down in Point Cleah runnin any stories on Jimmy’s diesel cans and singed eyebrows.
    Gas up ya cars, make sure you got enough of that dirty cash money we couldn’t trade since June, and get ya medications filled. Chahge up all cell phones and bring in ya pets. If you plannin on an ol’ fashioned hunka-down, be sure batteries, candles and food are on hand. Any first-timahs a bit nervous, a highball of Old Forester and a nerve pill will help as you ridin’ it out. Lord knows during Frederic I…well, anyways.
    Keep it tuned in to Alan Sealls and James Spann fuh all weatha repoats. Say a praya fuh the Suthun Company, those trucks will be on the move. We gonna get through this, Alabamyins. Lastly, if you ventur’ out, mask up. We still maskin’.
    Stay safe, and God Bless Alabama.
    Kaye

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  42. We lived in Charleston, SC since 1940. Charleston has lots of hurricanes. I have been in two. My parents usually left for Columbia or Augusta when a hurricane came. Don’t mess around with hurricanes. It’s dangerous and not exciting.

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  43. Yes. After Katrina I had a guy from California come in to buy rental property. We had to go through and area where they were cleaning up. Once a finished talking to the Good Ol’ Boy , Eric said he didn’t know I was bilingual.

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  44. Thanks, little brother, you were missed. However, I was delighted to find an extra piece of cake left so now I am your much bigger sister, as well. Looking forward to more cake in another day or two, am I not?

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  45. I think “barriers” works better simply because “white privilege” is way over-broad. As one of seven children in a lower-middle-class home, I don’t identify with it. I’m a bit younger than some of you, so by the time I was entering the workforce, affirmative action was in full swing and I didn’t have special benefits in hiring. I also didn’t have family money or connections to help me out. My dad was very definitely blue collar and we were all socially backward. I had the benefit of married parents (though my dad’s death gave me a single-parents home in my teens), of being in a Christian home, and of growing up loving to read and learning frugality with money–but none of those things is particularly “white.”

    To me, “privilege” (in this use) suggests something over and above, not “the social norm,” and if 85% of a society fits the group, then “privilege” is the wrong word. Also, are Jews “white”? Italians? Appalachian residents? Try telling any of those groups that they are “privileged” because of their skin color, and you might get a different response than “You’re so right!” The term “white” is so broad as to be practically useless. So “white privilege” doesn’t work.

    “Barriers to people of color” is more accurate–and it also suggests a possible challenge. If a barrier is put up against you, you can look for ways to go around it or over it. If someone else is handing out “privileges” and they don’t give you one, then you’re out of luck.

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  46. DJ has the idea I of how I see ‘white’ privilege (I dislike identifying people groups by skin colour, since it is an artificial division, but here we are). I saw it clearly when I was in West Africa, where my very light skin tone clearly marked me as different. I was shouted at by children in the street, little ones burst into tears at the sight of me, and adults asked me for money or offered marriage. I was a visible minority, but I felt none of the danger of persecution that a visible minority entering a neighbourhood of primarily European descent in North America might feel. Because, you see, they assumed I was wealthy and that I came from a politically and militarily powerful nation, who would see to it that I was protected. I was not threatened the way an black family moving into a white neighbourhood might be threatened, and not told to go home. My assumed wealth and influence was perceived as a good for the community and they desired to ally themselves with me to benefit. It was difficult to explain that I had none of the rank they assumed I had, that even my income would disappear if I violated the terms on which I was there (the mission would withdraw my support if, for example, I married without the mission’s approval – not that I was at all tempted by the proposals), that my family were without influence. In their society, and many others (India, Pakistan, and China all have similar perceptions), light skin is a sign of wealth, and I was paler even than my other Western colleagues.

    There is that simple fact, that those of European descent are internationally regarded as wealthier and more powerful generally. There are also other factors. Inheritance also has a role to play. This type of privilege has created the class system in England that Americans so scorn. To be a landowner in the UK or Europe, is to be among the privileged, and large landowners, whose family holding go back generations, have in many cases, recieved titles and become nobility. We would agree that those with such inheritances have a privilege over those who are not descended from landowners. So, drawing parallels, it is not a stretch to say that those descended from people who, for the entire history of North America settlement, were allowed to own property, do have advantages and privileges over those who were not allowed to hold property and indeed were held as property for the first centuries of settlement.

    But, inheritance is not limited to property. There are inheritances that are intangible. As I witnessed in West Africa and my mother learned in her educational training, parental illiteracy is an enormous barrier to children learning to read. Statistically, those who do have parents educated at a college level are unlikely to attend college themselves – colleges and universities here recognize this by offering bursaries and grants to those who are first generation attendees. So, a systemic denial of educational privileges, will, even after that denial has been reversed, have generational consequences.

    As one who has been privileged to be born to parents in a stable and happy marriage, with a rich and known family history, and at least three generations of literacy, I am aware of where my background has given me the advantage. But I also am aware of where my background has given me disadvantages, in being from the working class and the first generation in my immediate family line to attend university, making it a financial and social challenge to be able to attain my degree – it took me much longer to do so. I can see how those who have less of the good things I had would find it even harder to make a stable life for themselves. In a society that once granted status based on skin colour, it will take generations for skin colour to no longer be a factor to status. Some of the expressions against the problems of privileges are undoubtedly extreme and unhelpful, but, in the Christian calling to love my neighbour as myself, and to consider others before myself, I can understand the frustrations that are behind it all and see the need for coming alongside those who are struggling.

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  47. My first boss at the Army Map Service was a black man named Zeno. As I moved up the “ladder”, Zeno and I became colleagues.
    I also worked for a black female while I was there.

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  48. I made play dough with the littles today and it turned out well. So much better than the store bought stuff even though I didn’t really know what I was doing.

    I also made pumpkin cookies. They were playing so I just didn’t tell then until they were done.

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  49. Reading an interesting story on BBC, about descendants of slaves in Nigeria and the cultural blocks on them. It just goes on and on, people acting like people. Trying to step on others to make themselves look better or bigger or something.

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  50. So you would all say that the black individuals writing books refuting the concept of white privilege really do not know what they are talking about? Or is it just not worthwhile to consider their point of view? Is this framing of the issue in this way helpful to anyone? If so, how is it helping? How does it go along with what the bible says about human nature in general?

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  51. K, I have explained what I have seen for myself. Those with darker skin have as many varied ways of viewing the world as those with lighter skin. But it is all too easy to seek out those who say what we want to hear and ignore the rest. To me, acknowledging how the wrongs of the past have sometimes led to situations where people like me have an advantage is part of the spur to do justice, love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God. As a nurse, I was taught very early on that the power dynamics of nursing, in caring for human lives, means that nurses should never take advantage of their power over patients, but always seek the patient’s good, putting the nurse’s interests aside. I understood, because that is what Paul taught in his life, sacrificing himself for the good of his children in Christ. So, realizing, in situations such as what I was in in West Africa, or in Nunavut, that my ethnic heritage gave me an advantage, served as a reminder, when I was tempted to be impatient with people who were demanding or difficult, was that, as Christ laid down his advantages to serve humanity, so I needed to do the same for my patients, in the name of Christ.

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  52. Kathaleena, I’ve gone on record as disliking the term “white privilege.” I’m even flagging its use in the book I’m editing right now in case my publishers don’t like it. But have black people often received poor treatment in our nation’s history? Absolutely. Do they sometimes still receive poor treatment? Yes. Does historical mistreatment still have effects today? Yes.

    Now, there’s a discussion worth having in “what issues / circumstances (past or present) are most harmful to black people living today?” Some people are going to lean more heavily on historical abuse, some are going to focus on racial inequities today, and some are going to look at cultural dysfunction in the black community (e.g., fatherless homes) as the most important factor today. The truth is that all those categories are contributing factors. It isn’t either/or. And minimally as Christians we should care that black people in our communities often experience a much harder life than most of us do. I don’t think the answer is more government involvement; I think that a lot of the problems stem from that already. But I do think we need to acknowledge that there are genuine issues, genuine crises, within black communities, and to care about the people involved. Having lived in inner-city Chicago for eight years, I have seen up close and personal the elements that make life really, really hard for many people, and the issues that make “escape” difficult. We’ll come up with different answers for “how to solve the problem,” but I do think it’s necessary to acknowledge that there is a problem–and that white mistreatment of black people plays some role in it.

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