Here at Baylor University, a Waco, Texas based, primarily conservative university built by Southern Baptists, freshman students are required to attend chapel twice a week. Perhaps it was in light of recent scandal, that made Baylor decide to take a crack at so-called political correctness through this platform. Wednesday’s service was titled “Racial Reconciliation.”
It may have been an overcorrection of epic proportions.
Chapel usually consists of talented speakers and musicians leading students on a faith-filled experience. As children of God, students and faculty alike expressing their faith together is a powerful uniter. Wednesday’s chapel, however, was inappropriately politicized.
Whereas faith is rich, partisan politics are cheap and poor.
While the purpose of racial reconciliation is undoubtedly noble, the delivery could not have been more biased, arrogant, and accusatory. Our panel of three addressed pre-selected questions focused on the challenging topic. Despite there being a very brief disclaimer on how the panelists’ opinions do not necessarily represent those of university officials, these panelists all have strong ties to Baylor.
Their answers were filled with resentment and hypocrisy. They discussed the meaning of words like “prejudice” as they simultaneously created an environment of division by blaming whites.
And what would a social justice warrior event be without recklessly throwing around the phrase “check your white privilege?” They couldn’t resist.
Plenty shared my frustration that none of this seemed to be focused on reconciliation.
I’m not bemoaning the panel for discussing the prevalent issues surrounding race relations. We need to be discussing race reconciliation and how we move beyond the sins of our past and the challenges of our present.
I do, however, condemn them for making generalized assumptions. I do condemn them for using a platform for a one-sided political debate. I do condemn them for belittling everything I have personally accomplished and all of the hard work that I have put behind it.
These panelists credit the bruised fruit of race relations in America, that I supposedly reaped with the help of the fictitious Patron Saint of White Maleness, instead of the seeds I planted myself.