Speaking of the rare voices of reason who bravely stand up against the nasty divisiveness of today’s political climate, former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard recently posted a terrific video on Twitter.
Rep. Gabbard has been my guest on my TBN show, and while our political positions differ, I love interviewing her because she’s a thoughtful, intelligent and gracious person who believes in having discussions of issues with mutual respect. In her latest Twitter video, she shames politicians and media figures who try to gin up hatred by urging “us to constantly focus on our skin color or the skin color of others because it helps them politically or financially.”
She says, “Please, please, let us stop the racialization of everyone and everything. It’s racialism. We are all children of God and therefore family in the truest sense, no matter our race or ethnicity. This is Aloha. And this is what our country and world need.”
She describes the Hawaiian concept of Aloha as “respect and love for others. It’s what enables us to see beyond our skin color and see the soul, the person within. So let’s do our best to cultivate this Aloha in our hearts and see and treat others through this prism of love, not through the prism of race and ethnicity…Please, let us not allow ourselves to be led down this dark and divisive path of racialism and hate.”
Click the link to see the video, and note the very apt headline. For many years, I’ve explained that what made me admire the Rev. King and want to fight racism as a kid in the South in the 1960s was because hating someone for their skin color is a sin against God, who created us all in His image.
Rep. Gabbard is right: “racialism” may claim to be the opposite of racism, but it’s really just the other side of the same coin. It’s still a pernicious attempt to divide people and get them to judge others by their races, to allegedly fight racism by accusing everyone of a certain skin color of being a racist. It's the same poison with a different label. You can claim you’re doing it to right historic wrongs, but at no point in history have two wrongs ever made a right.