What Is “Systemic Racism”?

Jul 14, 2020 by

by Joseph Pearce, The Imaginative Conservative:

If there is one thing which is currently obsessing large swathes of the ideologically globalized world, it is the scourge of systemic racism. It is a matter of unquestioned dogma that such systemic racism is widespread and that it must be purged from society. To question this unquestionable dogma is a heresy which is punishable by the unleashing of the lynch mob. This being so, and playing the fool who rushes in where wise men fear to tread, let’s investigate the matter employing the lost faculty of dispassionate reason and commencing with the forgotten art of defining our terms.

Let’s begin with racism itself. It is the judging of a person on the basis of his race or skin colour, or the judging of a whole people on the basis of its race or skin colour. It is, furthermore, the allowing of such judgment to transcend, subvert, or supersede all other considerations. Racism, as defined, is an unmitigated evil. From a Christian perspective, it violates the inviolable dignity of every human person as being made in the image of God, and breaks the great commandment of Christ that we love our neighbor.

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