There was a story in my local newspaper today about an incident that happened to a high school team. The Southern California basketball playoffs are coming to a close. A team from a predominantly Hispanic school went to play in a majority white school where the home team’s fans started throwing tortillas at them after the game.
A few years back, in Spain, Barcelona’s soccer team was playing as visitors, the city doesn’t matter, because their team was of no importance, soccer level wise and people wise. A Brazilian player who was of African descent was ready to take a corner kick when one of the home team fans threw a banana at him. He calmly picked it up, peeled it, ate it, and then took the corner kick. Barça, as their fans call them, went on to win the game.
I applauded #DanniAlves for staying calm & not allowing those idiots, yes, I said idiots, because that’s what people are when they act like idiots.Os Roca
I wish the above was just an isolated incident, but this happens throughout the world. One time, my daughter went to an away game to root for her team. She and the rest of the band witnessed what racism was. Their football team is recognized throughout the country for their football players who are members of the NFL. Their high school went off against another team in the postseason. Some of the fans started shouting the N’ word at the team and the fans. My daughter at that moment was crushed and angry. I have always made a point of living in neighborhoods with different ethnic backgrounds. The more blended with different ethnicities the better.
It is not a white or black or asian or hispanic problem! It is a heart & mind problem.
God can cure systemic racism…because it’s not racism, but a systemic hatred from the heart…Os Roca
We all have a wickedness to our hearts and minds. There is systemic racism. Because there are people whose hearts are incurably bad. So chances are, every ethnic group has the moral decadence to inflict systemic hatred on other ethnic groups. Make no mistake about it. Just look at history. But, in a minute, I will give you a solution to this madness…
My neighborhood is very ethnically diverse. The point at which that changes is the point at which we move away.Os roca
We have been sold a lie by the social Media and Networks. Whites are not the only ones with the propensity to hate other ethnicities. People tend not to like what they are not accustomed to seeing or experiencing. I’m Hispanic, and let me put it this way: Whether people say it or not, Hispanics are just as bad as any other ethnic group. Being of Mexican descent, I can tell you that in Mexico, since its 99.999% homogenized brown, that propensity to be hateful to the indigenous and people of African descent is noticed.
“9 The human mind is more deceitful than anything else. It is incurably bad. Who can understand it?”~~The Prophet Jeremiah Chapter 17.NET Bible copyright ©
Other ethnic groups also cannot cast a stone. In local high schools, black kids call Mexican kids “donkeys”. The white kids who are now full grown adults, who used to come down for our teen study, were called ‘Crackers’. Once, one of the white kids was walking by himself, and because the driver who happened to be an older black woman, didn’t like the fact that he was slow, honked the horn and shouted out,”Get out of the way cracker” For all the talk about racial equality, those who cry foul seem to forget that it goes both ways.
Why I don’t like living in an homogeneous region~Too much of an ethnic group gives rise to racial insults and even hatred. Does it involve systemic racism? The right will say ‘no’, the left will say ‘definitely’.
Here’s what I say:
When there are too many people of one ethnicity, that group thinks that all of the world is like them, they eat the same foods, talk the same way, have the same accents, and go to the same places. Most people will not venture far away from their communities. So when other ethnicities come in, there is racial tension on the part of the local team. It happens in the majority of white, Hispanic, Asian and black neighborhoods… It’s not from just one side.
Why is this?
t’s a matter of the heart ~from the moment that Adam had two sons, there was strife.Os Roca
Include us SO WE COULD Exclude You!
There will continue to be racial tensions because people have lost their sense of Community unity.
I’m not talking about black lives, or brown, and other prides. Because all these have one thing in common—Exclusivity. All those who demand inclusion are the same groups that will exclude those who do not agree with their mission statements or their vision of what the community should be.
The solution lies with God. To turn those who have hateful, racialized, radicalized, and inclusive hearts to Christ. I know that I look naive in the sense that everyone will know Christ.
But that is my goal:Os Roca
That everyone who comes across my life will know what I know. That Jesus is the only One who can take a wicked heart and make it love people supernaturally. Because this country needs a supernatural kind of love…
And if you encounter hate, remember, if they toss a tortilla or a banana at you, make a banana taco and walk away having a free meal on hatred’s tab!Oscar Roca
If you want to have unity in your life, but are not sure it’s possible. Trust that God can change people, one heart at a time. Here’s how to know God:
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