As Christ followers we have a responsibility to be salt and light in offering an alternative way of peace in every place we find ourselves. As followers of Christ we can offer a critique to both in the context of our theological musings but the reality is that it is the oppressor that is more overtly involved in an act of evil not necessarily the oppressed. Wyatt is not alone. This is the purpose of the rallying cry being heard and written across America: BLACK LIVES MATTER. the marginalized individual’s existence and experiences are not actually up for your reasoned feedback or debate. I am responsible for educating teachers who dismiss my children’s culture in school. Women are expected to educate men. 4) Israel give plenty of warning to the Palestinians before bombing their homes and hospitals. 2: A Human Being (Almost) Died That Night, A Practical View of White American Folk Religion Contrasted with Real Christianity, Why I’m Voting for the First Time in 28 Years, For These Next Seven Days: A Prayer for Those Filled With Dread. a marginalized individual does not speak for “their people”. if you place the responsibility for your ignorance and resulting behaviour on the marginalized individual, you are choosing to continue to evade responsibility for your actions. Our goal is that our comment section helps us learn from one another and grow to be more like Christ. Wyatt and I have been friends for almost a decade. your curiosity does not give you the right to dig into aspects of a marginalized person’s life that they may not have already revealed to you. Also by Alan: Could Your Evangelical Church Be Called a Cult? Often, I hear some black anti-racists say, “It is not my responsibility to educate white people.” For a long time, I could not identify why I rejected that statement. The truth is more sinister. It begins with moving beyond the statement of BLM and addressing the policies that must be endorsed by a change in values. Instead of a goodbye, it was an apology for centering his focus on the protesters and not the purpose of the protest. I had a responsibility to educate my friend on this issue. and why it is a dangerous notion to think that I am. So while there are some that are not interested in the movement to educate white people, perhaps this is something that we must do, unfortunately, because we value life — black lives. It began with the oppressive culture imposed upon a people by a nation that would do well to hear the echoes of its own people’s history and know better. var switchTo5x=true; You may disagree, but please do not attack individuals (including authors). He knew what I meant with this question. Our voices need to be louder in speaking out against the powerful. Maybe you have a Wyatt (or you are the Wyatt) in the life of a black friend. So if you want to tell me to be quiet because Israel is God’s chosen nation I will ask you what it is he has chosen them to do and remind you of Isaiah 49:6 that says: ‘I will give you as a light to the nations that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.’. When they use their power for ill the church needs to hold them to account and not suggest that they are only as guilty as those they oppress. Maybe some black protesters destroy property because historically we have been systematically denied property ownership. Social justice work can be exhausting – especially when people say things like “You should calm down and educate me.” Kat Blaque’s heard this way too many times, so she’s breaking down why saying that is demeaning, dehumanizing, and an oppressive way to get the information you’re looking for. a marginalized individual is not denying justice for themselves or for others when they choose not to engage with your demands for their story. Time and again we see the prophets warning the nation about their attitudes to the needy. It seems that many of those who find offence at my words keep misreading them and presume me to be anti-Israel. a marginalized individual has the right to say no. As followers of Christ we can offer a critique to both in the context of our theological musings but the reality is that it is the oppressor that is more overtly involved in an act of evil not necessarily the oppressed. One of the first theorists to use it was Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, who wrote in his 1802 The German Constitution: "The Catholics had been in the position of oppressors, and the Protestants of the oppressed." Some Truth About Anger, Boundary Setting, and Declarations of Freedom, Missing: The Fliers Of 9/11, The Lives Behind The Photographs, The Problem with Sex Trade Expansionary Feminism, A Response to Kate Zen, You Can’t Fix a Disparity By Focusing on the Disparity, Transphobia is a White Supremacist Legacy of Colonialism, if you are, for example, a member of the dominant heterosexual, cisgendered, white culture, no one makes it. Wyatt and I concluded our conversation in a very different manner than usual. Therefore, comments that divert from this goal (ie mutual edification) will not be allowed. being a marginalized individual does not make a person an expert in all aspects of the larger group, just as all members of a dominant group do not have PhDs in the particulars of. Oppressors–oppressed distinction or dominant–dominated opposition is a political concept. With regard to the nature of the Israeli-Palestine conflict we can see a similar pattern appearing. I recently came across a question at Quora that went something like this: Why do LGBTQ people often reply to questions about their identity with “It’s not my job to educate you”? Trew Knowledge. The trial, sentencing, and execution of a man’s life took place on a street corner instead of a courtroom, and Wyatt was discussing the destruction of property. Additionally we ask that you: Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team. We will flag your comment if we feel it is inflammatory. Unfortunately, violence has become a prerequisite for justice. This form of protest is a result of being unheard by our criminal justice system. It has probably served evangelistic campaigns well to suggest that cheating on a high school exam leads to the same level of damnation as would the destruction of a whole people group. Now added to this is a continuing confusion that the evangelical church has between our understanding of sin and the nature of evil. We must not, however, allow ourselves to be fooled into thinking that situations like the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict are a level playing field. So will I condemn the rockets being fired from Gaza: Yes. it is not rude for a person to refuse an education in the deeply personal and vulnerable nature of their experience as a marginalized individual to someone who is often a relative stranger. In this we get a sense that the judgements we make are linked to the position held by those choose to critique. The neglection of this education can literally be deadly for us. 2) Israel is only protecting their borders and have the right to do so. The one-size fits all model of soteriology does not always easily translate when discussing the nature of evil and the need for judgement. Here are 21 specific and important reasons why people in marginalized groups might reply with “It’s not my job,” and it’s not because we don’t want to talk about it. For the Christian it would be anything that would not be in keeping with being a disciple of Christ. It was here that the challenge I’d faced all these years was made clear. it is not a marginalized individual’s responsibility to be an on-demand helper or resource to those from dominant groups. a marginalized individual has the right to choose when and how to use their voice, and the circumstances and questions might present an inappropriate or even disrespectful use of the individual’s valuable time and resources. Most, all though not all, of those arguing against my position are from what might be called the conservative evangelical end of the church. the expectation that a marginalized individual must answer questions about what are, by nature, deeply personal experiences represents a false sense of entitlement to a marginalized individual’s time and personal history. Wyatt’s statements, which echoed others throughout the country, condemned the protest and not the murder. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), https://www.independent.com/2020/06/18/who-will-educate-white-people-in-the-movement-for-racial-justice/, Get the top stories in your inbox by signing up for our daily newsletter, Indy Today, Carpinteria Is Super Close to Getting Its Own Skatepark, Bea Furnishings and the Divine Dumpster Sofa. Some of these things will be universal for all Christians and some might be at a personal level and linked to our own daily walk of faith. I am tired of us dying because of white ignorance. If you want to show me examples of Hamas committing atrocities I will join you in condemning them as acts of evil but I will ask you to consider who created the culture that allowed such people to be radicalized. Let your yes be yes and your no be no. Now there are many responses I could give here but I want to offer a point that I feel is often missed in dealing with such a complicated situation, namely: the direction of the criticism. This kind of response is often interpreted as an unwillingness on the part of the marginalized individual to talk about their experiences and help people understand who they are. This is actually pretty far from the truth. Women are expected to educate men. In fact it would be unusual if some of this community didn’t respond in a violent way. The oppressors maintain their position and evade their responsibility for their own actions. While friends like Wyatt aren’t requesting the intellectual labor to explain the purpose of my humanity, it is incumbent upon me to teach, correct, and inform when opportunities on such topics present themselves. Blog posts will remain open for comments for 5 days. My main point is that as followers of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, we cannot stay silent whilst we see people being oppressed and killed. The Israelis and their supporters (in particular my own government here in the UK) continually speak in tones that suggest they are simply defending their borders. This is both a misunderstanding and a dangerous mistake. Related: A Small Step Towards Peace in Israel-Palestine. It is important to discuss because as former president Barack Obama states, a change in values can lead to a change in policies. After the formalities of sharing life updates — marriage, career, and the respective lives of our former students — I noticed this call was different. The people might have rebelled against God but it was Moses who was not allowed to enter the promised land. Site by Will I consider that some of the more militant Palestinians might be guilty of treating some of their people as commodities toward their own political ends; Possibly. The source of disagreement surfaced during a recent FaceTime call with a friend of mine who vehemently condemned protesters who damaged property. But how do you get white people to value black lives? A lot of us — and I’m including not only LGBTQ groups but also those affected by racism, sexism, classism, etc. — want to share who we are and increase understanding, but there is a wide gulf between marginalized individuals sharing their stories freely in an atmosphere of good will and having the responsibility to speak as educators and spokespeople for marginalized groups as a whole forced upon us. The destruction of property is not senseless. 5) The land was stolen from the Jews 1878 years ago and so is rightfully theirs.