“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked (John 1:46 NIV). There could not have been any reason for Nathanael to be adjudged as having been racist. His comment appears as having been based on the consideration of the reputation of the city of Nazareth. Humans are known to judge people according to the reputation of the general behaviour of people from that region.
Whites, for instance, are considered racist by blacks, encountering some form of racism in one form or another. Other blacks assert that Asians are more racist than Europeans. The so-called Pan-Africanists, prefer identifying with Asians, rather than with Anglo-Americans.
The behaviour of humanity is the same, whether racial or religious. There are good and bad people, among Asians, just as there are good and bad people, among Europeans, or any other race. Any area could carry more bad people, than good, or vice versa.
Any background is influenced by culture. Humanity has been irretrievably degraded, as having necessitated the arrival of Jesus. Each human is influenced by the general behaviour of any society from one’s origin.
For instance, when coming from a callous culture one is adjudged as callous. When coming from a culture that does not value other races, one can be considered inhospitable to other races.
Coming from an area where the accumulation of wealth is considered more important than dignity, that person is self-centred. Like Nathanael, humans commonly make judgments, based on regional influence. The button of racism gets factored in when culture demands it.
The racial judgment considers skin colour important, although not always accurately portraying the character. Humans move from one continent to another, as frequently as can be unpredictable. Judging racial appearance has become more complicated than it was during Nathanael’s time.
Nathanael got perplexed when Jesus proved that good things could come from Nazareth. The works of Jesus dissolved the idea of judging by appearance. It is no longer necessary to judge people according to their regional origin. Blacks are commonly judged negatively by other races, due to naked racism.
This dangerously invites the insanity of categorizing humanity according to skin colour. Racism assumes that other races are inferior to one’s own. But, also those condemning racism, are guilty of racism, which is not different from tribalism, regionalism and many other isms. The Jews and the Samaritans were not in communication.
Those complaining about racism are often unaware of other conditions of separatism. Human classifications are a result of ignorance. The wrong thing is to sympathize with those complaining of racism, as could turn out to be the worst racists.
This was clearly manifested in Zimbabwe when former President Mugabe peddled some propaganda that the whites were most evil. His followers, buying into that propaganda, assumed that the blacks were the saints.