Taking on Racism: Part 2

October 27, 2005 — 14 Comments


It was raining. Hard. It was a cold rain, pouring down as if the gates of heaven had been opened. Everything was damp, dark, and dreary. From inside a train’s boxcar, a group of men, women, and children could hear the deafening roar of the torrential downpour as it struck the car.

The walls seemed to close in. It was a nightmare, as all the people in the car breathed the stifling air. All of those people were being taken to the same place: death camps.

These people were Jews, Christians, and other minorities under the rule of Hitler.

There was one race, and those were the Germans. All others had to be done away with. And Hitler’s men did their work efficiently. Instead of wasting ammunition in mass murders, they decided to just gas the prisoners who they couldn’t work to death. Then burn their bodies afterwards.

These millions were killed because they were different from Hitler and other Germans.

It’s happened thru ought all time, as we see one race say that it’s better than another, when we know deep down inside that it’s not that way.

What if you were born white or black? Or yellow or red?

I really don’t see one piece of evidence that says whites are the best race or whatever. Whether you believe in creation or evolution, we’ve all come from the same ancestor, have we not? Our only difference now is our skin color. How is that any different from the fact that we have different personalities, and different abilities?

For me, being racist is absurd. There’s really no reasoning that supports it.

Now, most readers know about those twins who are being used to spread a message that whites are supreme. I felt a need to address this, as a white teen and as a Christian. They tell us that we’re doing the same thing that the girls parents are doing when we attempt to “make them believe” what we believe.

While at first, that does seem logical, I beg to differ.

I was sitting at Starbucks the other night, with my evangelism team, and we were talking about this very thing.

“There seems to be a feeling,” I said, “That we need to be tolerant. Everybody has a view, and we can respect that view, and even try to make another believe that view if we do it right.”

True.

“But I tolerate religions, not hate groups. There’s a difference between religious tolerance and hate. My parents taught me religion, and left it up to me to decide, but they did not teach me to hate another person or some thing.”

It’s amazing what that coffee will do with your mind. Woke me right up.

And it was finally starting to click in my mind.

Blogs are one of the best examples. It doesn’t matter what you look like behind the screen. People don’t see that, and on the web, it’s not a huge deal. I could pretend to be anything, and nobody would really care. You could start reading my blog, as a white supremacist, and I might be black and you wouldn’t know it. You only see my words.

What matters is what’s coming from the heart. Who cares what skin color you have?

While all of this seems great to some, and horrible to others, I must point out, again, that many still want the race war to go on. No one should be “victorious” though. Whites don’t rule over blacks, and blacks don’t rule over whites.

These white supremacist are in the wrong country–a country of freedom. A freedom that does not discriminate.

Tim Sweetman

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Tim Sweetman is a young writer, blogger, and student who lives near our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. He has been much more widely known by his “code-name,” Agent Tim. This name also served as the name of his popular blog, which received over 750,000 visits between 2005 to 2007. In 2005, he quickly rose to become a leading teenage spokesperson and cultural critic within the booming blogosphere, taking on issues such as MySpace, alcohol, homeschooling, pride, racism, tolerance, and other topics relating to our culture today. His blog has come to the attention of people such as Albert Mohler, C.J. Mahaney, Alex and Brett Harris, and La Shawn Barber. Tim’s written work has appeared in Lifeway’s Living With Teenagers (February 2012), Lookout Magazine, FUSION Magazine, The Brink Online, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Virtue Magazine, Regenerate Our Culture Online Magazine, and on many other blogs and websites across the internet like Marry Well and the Lies Young Women Believe Blog. He has also been featured in WORLD Magazine, The Towers Magazine, and Maryland Newsline. He is scheduled to have an article appear in Veritas Magazine this December. Most recently, his work can be found on Focus on the Family’s Boundless Webzine. His personal interests include writing (surprise!) and sports, both watching and playing. He is a die-hard Washington Redskins fan.

14 responses to Taking on Racism: Part 2

  1. “It’s amazing what that coffee will do with your mind.”

    I beg to differ…;)

    What is so special about burnt bean juice?? We grow beans, burn them, then crush them up and pour water over them. We let that water drip through paper, and then we drink it as if it were special…

    I don’t see the appeal.

    Marshall

  2. LOL.

    There’s somewhat of an inside joke there:

    1) I hate coffee.
    2) I don’t buy anything from Starbucks. Long-time readers will understand, especially with that link.

    I agree with you, totally. I only drink frappachino’s that are cream-based. No coffee at all. Gag.

  3. Hey – Pure, Black, Burnt bean juice is pretty good!

  4. Louis Farrakhan is still alive Agent Tim. Keep on making posts about racism…

  5. *Coffee* LOL…Tim…French Vanilla Cappucinno’s good…Although, mine’s powder-based. Usually, I drink tea

  6. Racism is so stupid in my opinion. A man is a man, a woman is a woman, we are God’s creatures, and are skin color makes us different? It is so ridiculous to me.

    Good post, Agent Tim!

  7. Our only difference now is our skin color. How is that any different from the fact that we have different personalities, and different abilities?

    This is my first visit to your blog and your post shows you to be an earnest young guy trying to do the right things in life. However, let me offer a bit of a correction to your statement above.

    Modern science has overturned the position that racial differences are only skin deep. In fact, just a few weeks ago there was startling news reported in The New York Times that the Human Brain is still evolving and that different races have different distributions of the two alleles associated with brain growth. To see how geneticists, biologists and anthropologists talk amongst themselves see my blog’s post and especially the comments (also look at the maps to see the distribution – one allele is virtually absent in Sub-Saharan Africa.)

    We know that evolution works on human populations that are reproductively isolated. It’s not just skin color that differs – lactose tolerance is almost universal in parts of Europe and almost absent in parts of Africa, and also degree of hypertension, prostate cancer, aplastic anemia, MS, MD, etc all vary in incidence by race. In fact, even the rate of twin birth varies, with Asians having about 3/1,000, Whites, 7/1,000 and Blacks up to 49/1,000.

    The fact that we see an achievement gap that doesn’t really close despite our best efforts is highly suggestive that cognitive genes weren’t immune to evolution. In fact that is the stunning significance of the first paper I mentioned. There are follow-up papers in the works which show a strong correlation between the presence of those alleles and success on IQ tests.

    The whole topic of racial differences is extremely interesting to many academics and of course to many people. The differences can be broken down into social/environmental influences and genetic influences. The latter aspect, and the rich findings being developed by genetic science, is undermining the discrimination assumption. The future will be very interesting for we won’t be able to assume that different outcomes across racial groups is the result of societal discrimiantion.

    One other point: your earlier essay on the Nazi’s and race was quite good, but don’t make the equivalence that to acknowledge group differences is the same as, or leads to, Nazism. That’s a logical error equivalent to using the even more murderous ideology of Communism to condemn any acknowledgement of class differences, which really is the filter through which much of the Left views the world. Race exists, and so does class. Both concepts were used by murderous ideologies to inflict evil on the world. The concepts are not evil – the ideologies were. Nazism was about murdering on the basis of race and Communism was about murdering on the basis of class.

  8. Tangoman: “the Human Brain is still evolving and that different races have different distributions of the two alleles associated with brain growth.”
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    Oh come on! Since when do we believe what the New York Times says? As a Bible- believing Christian, my view is simple:

    “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

    “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

    “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth….”

    – Genesis 1: 26- 28a

    No racial difference to God, a man created in his image is the same as any other man, in God’s eyes. Now there was a time back in the… 1700-1800s where black people were not as well educated as white people were. Then whites looked down at them as stupid, which was entirely incorrect.

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    “It’s not just skin color that differs – lactose tolerance is almost universal in parts of Europe and almost absent in parts of Africa, and also degree of hypertension, prostate cancer, aplastic anemia, MS, MD, etc all vary in incidence by race. In fact, even the rate of twin birth varies, with Asians having about 3/1,000, Whites, 7/1,000 and Blacks up to 49/1,000.”
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    But do white supremacists see a black person and think “I dislike them because they are lactose intolerant?” The main reason for racism is skin-color which is absolutely absurd. It’s like if we ( black haired people) started attacking and trashing blondes..

    Yes everyone is different, black people have inherited different traits from their parents then white people inherit. Black people live in Africa, they are affecting by more diseases and not affected by others. Your stats are fine but do not say that blacks are inferior. People with black skin get this disease easier and people with white skin get other diseases easier. I am allergic to Aspirin, does that make me inferior? Of course not. :)
    So the point remains that racial discrimination is stupid and based on skin color.

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    “The fact that we see an achievement gap that doesn’t really close despite our best efforts is highly suggestive that cognitive genes weren’t immune to evolution.”

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    The achievement gap hasn’t closed yet because up to like 50 years ago, there was racial segregation, blacks weren’t allowed to do certain things ( because of their skin color). Now look, Condoleeza Rice is Secretary of State! Sammy Sosa and Vladimar Guerrero are two of the best baseball players in the world. Look at Booker T. Washington and Carver they were to of the most brilliant minds on the planet. People have trouble co-existing with another person just because of his skin color, which is quite absurd.

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    “The future will be very interesting for we won’t be able to assume that different outcomes across racial groups is the result of societal discrimiantion.”

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    Yes and that is why we are seeing more black people rise to power ( C. Rice, Oprah, Denzel Washington, Ray Charles, P. Diddy, sport athletes: Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Sammy Sosa, Ricky Williams, and many more) Hopefully the future will bring less racial tension…

    Just because one race of humans has different genes or traits doesn’t make them inferior. Black people, white people, brown people, red people :) are all equal. Who are we to say that they are not? Yes, science finds differences in the two races but A. these differences are not the reason there is racial discrimination and B. these reasons in no way make black people less human or less intelligent then whites.

  9. I lived in South Africa for 14 1/2 years and I never knew anyone who was lactose intolerant. Now in the US, it seems to me that everyone is. I didn’t even know what lactose was until I moved here 11 months and 26 days ago (but hey, who’s counting?). I’ve also noticed while I’ve been here that most people don’t dicriminate because of color so much as nationality. I’m white, people look at me and think nothing of it, then they start talking to me, I have an accent, they ask me where I come from, I say South Africa. Guess what; immediate shut down. I honestly get the sense of American Superiorism from that. Do you know what the worst part is? They will then treat me like I know nothing,like I’m stupid and they are better than me. And on top of all that they will assume things of South Africa, it’s not like I was born there or lived there my whole life, it’s not like that was my home! No, to them I’m a complete idiot and if I try to correct them, they tell me that I’m lying.

  10. That’s really terrible and disgusting, Kaitlin!

  11. I know. But life has to go on. I just suck it up and take it like a WOG. :-)

  12. hey, Agent Tim…this place rocks…keep up the good work!

  13. Katlin, the reason why people shut down on you not because of some raging nationalism, but because they associate “white” South Africans with apartheid.

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