Some people have engaged in skin surgeries, seeking to change their racial outlook, considered associated with inferiority. To some people, being born black gives the impression of being in the condition of disability. Such a viewpoint is one among many fallacies, inflicting humanity, from time immemorial. A human being cannot be associated with skin colour. Neither are humans associated with racial backgrounds, limiting their individual identities to geographical origin.
There is no need for any person to assume being inferior or superior to other races. Most people judge what is right or wrong, according to one’s background. One is considered wiser, based on one’s racial or educational experience. The worst influencer of human behaviour is culture. Regarded as the most important in human identity, cultural identities are commonly rooted in human behaviour.
However, there is no truth in culture, as all humans are God’s children, expected to adopt God’s behaviour according to God’s viewpoint. Black people may be regarded as disadvantaged, but are in the same trap, as affecting those assuming advantage in being white. It is not easy to remove those caught up in such cultural deceptions. This is what caused even Simon Peter to be rebuked by Paul.
“When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong. Before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray. When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter in front of them all, ‘You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?
“We who are Jews by birth and not ‘Gentile sinners’ know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law because by observing the law no one will be justified. If, while we seek to be justified in Christ, it becomes evident that we ourselves are sinners, does that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not! If I rebuild what I destroyed, I prove that I am a lawbreaker. For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God” (Galatians 2:11-19 NIV).
The law had been assumed as making someone better or superior to those without the law. A human being is none of the assumptions depicted in human appearances. The real person who is identified in Jesus Christ cannot be associated with being a Jew, white or black. That person is none of those physical appearances but would be appropriately identified as God’s child.
No one knows what the artists who came up with the idea of a portrait, assumed to be how Jesus looked like, had in mind. But that portrait is a representation of someone’s imagination and not a true reflection of Jesus’ identity. Paul insinuated himself as being a true representation of Jesus.
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” (Galatians 2:20-21 NIV).
White domination cannot be resisted as it is everywhere. Some black countries, like Zimbabwe, claim to be independent of white domination but cannot resist the attraction to white people’s conditions. This is shamefully a reality that those having fought in the liberation struggle seem to be failing to observe. The rulers claim to have fought a bitter armed struggle, for liberating black people.
Observably, the admiration of other humans is not limited to race. There is no reason to hide the fact that those having travelled abroad are granted superior status, as well. This is why most people prefer settling abroad, to avoid being identified with their defamed countries. Degrading oneself is just as inappropriate as upgrading oneself is inappropriate. Education should never be for the purpose of upgrading, necessarily. Power is automatic when serving other people.
False categorization is what drives those involved in criminal activities when obtaining undeserved power. The term “Honorable Member of Parliament” commonly invites respect wherever one goes. Christians cannot be caught up in that fallacy, as they would be conscious of that behaviour to be not representing a person’s true character.
“My brethren, show no partiality as you hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man with gold rings and in fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, ‘Have a seat hear, please,’ while you say to the poor man, ‘stand there,’ or, ‘sit at my feet,’ have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?” (James 2:1-5 NIV).
Nothing is normal when judging people according to their appearance, representing how positions of authority are determined. If well-groomed, one is regarded highly. However, if not properly groomed, one is relegated to an inferior position. The first-time appearance of an individual is commonly sufficient to assume a place in his class. Others are regarded by class, and according to appearance, even without communication. However, James describes that condition as making judgments with evil thoughts.
This includes making judgments according to skin colour. In Zimbabwe, the white skin colour is granted reverence, even when such a white person would be a criminal. One can be more qualified than a white person, but the white person will always be considered better and more trustworthy.
Some people hide behind labelling the whites as racists when failing to take control of the environment. This is what has caused the whites to be considered superior. Good skill is commonly associated with whites. I suppose this explains the reason why even a country’s Reserve Bank governor, cannot be bothered by adopting US dollar currency, ahead of the national currency. The US$ would be largely provided by the Diaspora remittances.