The isms in our life PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 August 2017 13:29

By Remedios F. Marmoleño

For many of us color is just color: red rose, yellow rose; blue sky, gray sky; black hair, white hair; green leaves, brown leaves; etc. But for some people color is all important, particularly that which refers to the color of people’s skin.

There are people who think that if you have more pigment in your skin than what is present in white skin, then you are not as  “worthy”  as the whites. I have no idea where this kind of thinking originated but we can safely say it still exists to this day, and is a cause of much hostility and conflict in our present world. Call it racism.

In some societies the color of one’s skin determines where you are in reference to a line that identifies whites on one side and coloreds on the other. One side is okay but the other side is not. On this Sunday morning as I write this I also watched  earlier a newscast reporting the protest incident where one was killed in Virginia, USA.

Is our worth as a creature of God determined by the color of our skin?  If we believe that God created all of us, what might have been the reason in God’s mind that he created some of us white , black , brown or whatever color?  Did He endow people born of one color with more gifts ( read intelligence, beauty, aptitude ) than people of other color/s?  If yes, what skin color is this? I believe in a God who is not only omnipotent but also a loving one. Did He mean for people of one color, say black, to be inferior to another color, say white? Or it can be vice-versa.  If God created all people to be of different colors, in His omnipotence it must have been to let us learn what it means to “love your neighbor”. Colors do not matter in those who love.

Color is only one variable that differentiates people of  different nations. Religion is another. Why should the followers of one religion consider themselves more superior to those who follow another religion? A religion is a set of teachings and rituals which define how the followers of that religion relate to their God. And how they relate to other people. How then can the followers of one religion think themselves better than those who follow  another religion?  How do we explain to young children the conduct of those who now dominate the headlines?

For me  ultimately what matters is how we love God for all His providence for us and this we show in how we relate with Him and with the other creatures of God and how we use His providence to us in our individual lives.