Against the New Racism

Recent postings on social media have made me ponder the subject of hateful overreaction. I speak specifically about the racism that exists in certain narrow “conservative” circles. (I put the word in quotes because I find that many who call themselves by that name conserve nothing but some revolutionary status quo or another.)

Jim Crow Laws in the South were a bad thing, and they were a reaction to another bad thing, namely, the horrors of Reconstruction, which witnessed a malicious vindictiveness imposed on the American Southland by the victorious Union. This does not make the Jim Crow laws right, for one cannot justify an injustice by pointing to an earlier injustice.

There exists, in some small segments of the American Right, a new breed of racism. It’s hard to miss in certain corners of the social media. Overreacting to the injustices and stupidities of political correctness, historical revisionism, reckless immigration policies, affirmative action, statue smashing, anti-white racism, etc. — in short, reacting to the progressivists’ general hatred for all things historically Western, Christian, and European — these folks have elevated racial issues far above their actual importance and have become what their enemies want them to be: genuine racists.

A Catholic cannot be such. We recognize saints among the white Nordic peoples of northern Europe; the olive-skinned Mediterranean peoples of southern Europe; the black peoples of southern India and Sub-Saharan Africa; the brown peoples of Latin America, Armenia, the Arab world, and India; the yellow peoples of Japan and Korea; the red peoples of the Americas, and even the various peoples of our own national melting pot in the good old U S of A. We are neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free. What matters is the unity we have in the Mystical Body, where Faith, Hope, and Charity forge stronger ties than flesh, blood, or “race.”

If you hate what the progressivists are doing by destroying the last dying embers of Christendom that yet exist, don’t become a Nietzschean, a Klansman, a Neo-Nazi, or a Christian Identity nut. Become part of the new Christendom; become a faithful Catholic dedicated to tradition and to the Church’s saving mission under Christ the King and Mary the Queen. Desire to receive your Eucharist Lord kneeling (yes, kneeling) alongside Arabs, Africans, Mexicans, Filipinos, and Jews. And if you don’t have any of those where you worship, this is not a problem; you shouldn’t seek some out just to prove you’re not a racist. That’s artificial. Just appreciate the fact that you kneel at a Catholic altar rail in communion with such people wherever they worship.

Let me finish these lines with a story.

In 1982, a Jew by the name of Israel Cohen was in the parking lot of Saint Benedict Center in Still River, Massachusetts. What brought him there was the fact that he had Catholic relatives, some of whom worshiped there. In fact, he was bringing his grandson to our school. Israel had been told that he had to become a Catholic, but as yet, he was an unbaptized Jew. Already in his eighties, Mr. Cohen did not have much time left in this world, and that time seemed up when he had a heart attack right in the parking lot. An excited crowd of children, including Mr. Cohen’s granddaughter and great grandson, ran to Brother Francis, telling him that something was very wrong. When he arrived, Brother Francis realized that Israel could be dying.

Some of my readers know that Brother Francis is an Arab from Lebanon, a fact that should be kept in mind as you continue reading.

Brother said to Israel words to this effect: “Israel, you could be dying. Do you want to die a Catholic? You have to be baptized.” Without any doubt, Mr. Cohen made it known that he wanted to leave this world in the embrace of the Church, so Brother Francis baptized him. Mr. Cohen lived for almost another year, during which time he was catechized and came to lectures at the Center. He died a happy death with the sacraments of Holy Mother Church.

A detail of the Baptism which provides both a lesson in the Catholicity of the Church and a humorous anecdote involves the baptismal name chosen for the baptizand. Brother Francis thought that he should give Mr. Cohen a Christian name when he baptized him. Thinking for a minute, he realized that Israel is a Christian name, and is quite a common one in his native Middle East. Brother Francis therefore baptized the dying man with his given name, Israel.

This led Bernadette Cohen, Mr. Cohen’s witty Franco-American daughter-in-law, to quip, “Imagine what the newspapers would do with this: an Arab baptizing a Jew into the Catholic Church and giving him the name Israel!”

In a eulogy after Israel Cohen’s death, the words of the Magnificat were recalled: “He hath received Israel His servant, being mindful of our Fathers, of Abraham and his seed forever.”

That’s Catholic.

  • Suzana saloma

    in scandinavian countries for ex they media from all public media spreading hatred towards God, Mary, Crosses, rosaries, christian trraditions, priests, poor sick native Sweden must work with cancer, old pensioners working from 20-76 but muslimes none work no chance out on labourmarket wrong name must become swedes 1

  • Suzana saloma

    Tako jednog dana, kad im je predbacio sto su progonili proroke i ubili Krista, oni ga izvedose izvan grada i tu ga kamenuju. Stjepan je tako postao prvi mucenik, prvi je prolio krv za Krista. U trenucima umiranja moli za one koji su mu oduzimali zivot. Umiruci, biljezi Sveto pismo, Stjepan je klicao: “Gospodine, ne uzmi im ovo za grijeh!” Sudbina mu je bila vrlo slicna Isusovoj. Cinjenica je da je ova mucenicka smrt jos vise ujedinila prve krscane i probudila u njima spremnost cak i krvlju svjedociti svoje uvjerenje: Isus je obecani Mesija, On je Spasitelj svijeta.

    Carobnost Bozica odsijeva i na danasnji dan svetog Stjepana. Pogled ce nam odlutati dalje, te cemo se upitati, zasto je taj mladic, Stjepan bio spreman radije poginuti nego skrenuti s puta Isusa iz Nazareta. Otisao je u smrt svega se odrekavsi, jer mu je pripadnost Isusu bila fascinantnija od svega onoga sto mu je svijet obecavao. Tako nam se Bozic prikazuje u novom svijetu. Taj Bozic je jucer svratio u nase zivote da nas upita koje su nase zivotne vrednote. Na danasnji dan tu ljepotu Bozica poskropila je krv Stjepana iz Jeruzalema. U idilu Bozica tako ulazi ozbiljnost ljudske egzistencije.
    Postoje ljudi koji su sposobni umirati za velike stvari, za ideale i vrednote, ima ljudi kojima je vrlina vaznija od zivota, ima ljudi koji znaju da je covjek vrijedniji od svega sto on ima.
    Danas se treba pokloniti onom malenom, nevidljivom, nejakom, onom neuglednom i u njemu prepoznati Svemoguceg, stvarnog, vjecnog, jedinoga koji ima zivot u svojim rukama. U malim sitnim stvarima leze vrhunske vrednote. Kada to uspijemo, Bozic ce, postati Bozicem, obuzet ce nas radost, i nada nas nece vise napustati.

    Danas bi trebalo uciniti nesto novo, trebalo bi ljubiti covjeka kako je to ljubio Isus Krist. Trebalo bi nesto lijepo procitati i sveto moliti. Danas bi moglo biti sve drugacije.
    Ako je Bog postao covjekom, onda je biti covjek, nevjerojatno ozbiljno. Ako je Stjepan isao umrijeti za tu istinu, onda je covjekov zivot neprocjenjiv. Ako su milijuni ginuli za Isusa iz Nazareta, mora da je On Bog i da ima rjesenje svih nasih problema.
    Kao sto je Bozic promijenio ambijent tvoje i moje kuce, trebalo bi tako izmjeniti i nutrinu svoga srca. Danas nam citavo Nebo zeli reci:
    “Covjece, upoznaj svoje dostojanstvo!”

    IME je grckoga porijekla i znaci: OKRUNJEN.

    Svima koji danas slave imendan, upucujemo iskrene cestitke i zelimo Vam cvrstu vjeru poput Stjepanove.
    Sretan i Blagoslovljen imendan: Stjepan, Stipe, Stefanija, Stefica, Stiv, Stef…… i svima sa inacicom Stjepan, dragim slavljenicima imena Krunoslav, Krunoslava, Kruno takodjer, sretan i blagoslovljen imendan!!!!

  • Suzana saloma

    today continuing st Stephens martyrs Me christian

  • Konstantin

    On point, Brother André. It often seems to me that racism is at least close to heresy since it contradicts the quote above by St. Paul, “neither Jew nor Greek”.

  • Thank you for the comment, Konstantin. Yes, I suppose if the racism is serious enough (there are varying severities) it could become heresy. In the case of those who would deny an immortal soul to certain people, it would certainly be heretical. I know that some Christian Identity nuts deny immortal souls to Jews and Blacks, and make of the former literal spawn of Satan, twisting the words of Jesus in John 8 as a prooftext for that horrible assertion.

  • Halina

    Dear Suzana,
    I have noticed that you post very long comments on different blogs, in Bosnian (I was told by a friend).

    To whom do you write? What is your purpose? Who can understand, since the blogs you post on are all in English?

    In JMJ,

  • Mises Hayek

    racism is probably a heresy