I shouldn’t have been surprised to read on the internet that a teacher at Rockingham Middle School in North Carolina (in 2017) ordered some of her students to stand and apologize for being white and Christian.
The teacher had a belief that people who are white and Christian have privileges that others do not.
Whatever unfairness may exist in this world, we must never put blame on people who had no voice in making existing policy.
I am a white, Anglo-Saxon Protestant male. I was once turned down for a job and found that the woman who was hired had less qualification than I did. She knew the “right” people. Should I expect her to apologize to me? Was she wrong in accepting the job?
Another time I met a man who was chosen for a job for which I applied. I am certain he had less qualification than I did. He was of a minority group. Should he be required to stand and apologize to me?
Organizations often come under pressure to hire women and minorities. Is that the fault of the people who are hired?
Deuteronomy 24:16, “Fathers shall not be put to death because of their children, nor shall children be put to death because of their fathers. Each one shall be put to death for his own sin.” (ESV).
We must hope that teacher in Rockingham School District in North Carolina realizes her actions were just as racist as if she told black children to apologize for being black and for the sins of their ancestors. You see, everyone on earth has some ancestors who were wonderful people, and they have some ancestors who were very evil. She might need to know that some of the worst abuses of the slave trade were by the blacks who captured other blacks to sell to the European and Arab slavers.
If you have an issue with my great-grandfather, take it up with him. If your problem is with me, tell me, and I will do my best to resolve it fairly.
Russell A. Scott