“When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said ‘Let us pray.’ We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.” ~ Desmond Tutu
I’m not sure why Black peoples of African descent and even Africans can’t process this. This mission of Christianity from the very beginning has been to disarm us to keep us from seeing what’s really happening to us in real time. We need to stop closing our eyes to our past and our now. Forgiveness is a religious tool used to make us forget, strip us of our rights to exist free of duress, and to make us forget they see us as inhumane. Clearly White people aren’t getting the memo. Blanket forgiveness without change is a terrible precedence to set.
We should never forget how they see us. If they haven’t learned how to treat us by now, then we can’t continue to offer up forgiveness in hopes it will change their hearts. It won’t. We can’t change White people who hate Blacks and those who act racistly (according to her texts and social media, she had racist tendencies), nor is it our responsibility to change them. If they can’t look at themselves collectively, and aren’t willing to do the work to investigate why they act the way they do, we don’t owe them forgiveness. Fool me once, shame on you.
Fool me twice, shame on me! Religion will not be used anymore to shame Blacks into forgiving haters who refuse to reform themselves. The mask is off.