Fatherlessness greater problem than racism

Published 3:56 pm Tuesday, June 1, 2021

To the Editor:
 I was happy to read in the Elizabethton Star that Tennessee bans teaching critical race theory in schools. Gov. Bill Lee is correct when he said, students should learn the exceptionalism of our nation, not things that inherently divide people. Tennessee  teachers can’t instruct that “an individual, by virtue of race or sex, is inherently privileged, racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or subconsciously.” Studies show a much greater problem than racism is lack of fathers in the home. Also men not being fathers is the major cause of their children turning to drugs and crime and is a greater problem than racism. Studies show the number one thing criminals in prison have in common is that they either had no father or had a evil father. If you had no father or an evil father ask Jesus to help you forgive them and get over your feelings of rejection.  If you had a good father thank God and thank your father on Fathers Day, June 20th.                  
According to the Christian website www.nowtheendbegins.com billionaire Oprah Winfrey says, “Whites have a leg up. You still have your whiteness. That’s what the term, white privilege is. It means that whiteness still gives you an advantage, no matter what.” Oprah falsely accuses all whites of having white privilege and of being racists. Pastor Geoffrey Grider says the progressive liberal left elites have a demonically inspired attack to cast all Caucasian people as racists, not for anything they’ve said or done, but merely because they are ‘white’ and white is bad. Grider says Oprah Winfrey is doing this to divide people and tear down society and bring in a global New World Order. Winfrey is so evil she has said the lie that there are many ways to heaven. Jesus is the only way to heaven. This proves money doesn’t buy happiness. Grider says this proves Winfrey is a racist and has rejected the dream of Martin Luther King. King said, “I have a dream that my little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”  
Dr. Jordan B. Peterson said, the idea of white privilege is racist, evil and dangerous. Dr. Peterson said, “There’s nothing more racist than targeting an entire ethnic group with collective crime regardless of the innocence or guilt of its individual.” It’s unfair and judgmental to judge people collectively. Many blacks have said white privilege doesn’t exist and that white privilege is nonsense. One of the best is Brandon Tatum. Tatum said, the effect of blacks believing in white privilege is to make blacks angry. Tatum said there are privileges in life. There’s two parent-family privilege (that’s huge); there’s being lucky to be born in America privilege; and there’s good gene privilege. But white privilege is all theory and all nonsense. Tatum said.
Dennis Prager said education affects income more than being white. Prager asks:  “Why do white men commit suicide at the highest rate if they have it so good? Did they not get the memo that they have white privilege?” Prager says life is hard for everyone of every race at some point in their life. Jesus said in this life you will have troubles.
Black actor Dezel Washington who is worth 250 million dollars said his father made the difference in his life. Two of his friends without fathers spent years in prison. Talleeb Starkes says racism exists but there are other problems more serious, such as blacks having the lowest marriage rate and highest single parent rate in the world. Starkes also said the victim mentality is a greater problem than racism for blacks. Starkes said, “Nothing holds someone back more than seeing himself as a victim. Because a victim is not responsible for his situation. Everything is someone else’s fault. The victim sees little chance of improving his life. How can he get ahead if someone is holding him back? This makes the victim unhappy, frustrated and angry. This is how too many blacks see themselves – as victims. So much so their victim status becomes their primary identity and their ruling ideology. I call it victimology. 
President Theodore Roosevelt said, “If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble you wouldn’t sit for a month.” President Roosevelt also said, “a poor person’s enemy is the leader, whether philanthropist or politician who tries to teach him that he is a victim of conspiracy and injustice, when in reality he is merely working out his fate with blood and sweat as the immense majority of men who are worthy of the name always have done and always will do.” 
Roosevelt’s friend Booker T. Washington who was a black leader, educator and author agreed with him. 
According to the Bible no one who trusts in Jesus can be a permanent victim. God works all things for good to those who love Jesus. Although Joseph was made a slave because of his brothers and put in prison because of a false accuser God used it for good. In the same way Booker T. Washington saw slavery as part of God’s plan to bring good out of evil. Booker said, “We went into slavery in this country pagans; we came out as Christians.” Booker saw Christianity not the government as the remedy for racism. Those falsely accusing all whites as being racist and encouraging blacks to see themselves as victims of racism are liars and enemies of blacks and of America!

D.D. Nave
Elizabethton, TN

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