Very Black and Proud

That’s what his t-shirt said in large letters – a man I saw when I stopped at a Quick Trip gas station in Charlotte. I thought, “What would he and many others think if I stepped out of my car with a shirt that said VERY WHITE AND PROUD?”

Or if I started a magazine called Ivory, a White Scholarship Fund, the National Association for the Advancement of White People, the White Movie Awards, Miss White America, Miss White USA, the White Reel Awards, the National Association of White Journalists, a White Entertainment Network, or start a television show called White-ish. 

No, those would not be allowed. There would be an immediate outcry of racism as Leftist forces banded together to courageously strip the land of such hatred and ignorance. What a bad, awful, white man.

The best way to move past racism is to stop talking about color. Stop talking about white people and black people, white Americans and black Americans, European-Americans and African-Americans.

There are two things that matter when you see a person – (1) the fact they were made by God in His image, and (2) their character. Those are the two things that should define us.

Shelby Steele, Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution – and a black American, says, "It seems to me that in many ways it’s about power. In order to pursue power as they do, you have to have victims. Wow, the excitement that creates on the Left. It validates their claims that America is a wretched country, and they must get their recourse. It feeds this old model of operation that we’ve developed, that America is guilty of racism, guilty of this sin, and has been for 400 years, and minorities are victims who are entitled.

So when people start to talk about systemic racism, built into the system, what they’re really doing is expanding the territory of entitlement. We want more. We want society to give us more. Society is responsible for us, because racism is so systemic. Well, that’s a corruption, and I know it’s a corruption, because the truth of the matter is blacks have never been less oppressed than they are today."

A white man can be good or bad. A black man can be good or bad. Good people should stick together. The bad ones certainly do enough of that.

The Democratic Party, which constantly accuses conservatives of racism and sexism, just chose their Vice Presidential running mate on the primary basis of race and sex. Let that sink in.

My color does not define me. My character – and my Creator – define me. My color is just one part of who God made me. And when I see you, I don’t want to see you primarily for your color, but for a person made in God’s image. That goes much deeper than pigment.

I don’t need to burn my copy of “Gone with the Wind” or my DVD collection of “The Dukes of Hazzard” – nor will I throw away my model car of Bo and Luke’s The General Lee. I certainly don’t need to applaud the absurd removal of Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben - or the Orwellian expulsion of President Teddy Roosevelt's statue in New York. 

I do not need to throw in my towel with the Black Lives Matter movement - which is rooted in Marxist and unbiblical ideology - though I do affirm that every black life - and every life - matters.

I don’t have to cave into the media's narrative, the cultural frenzy, nor the politically correct movement. Nor will I apologize for slavery, Jim Crow laws, or segregation – which all happened years before I was born. 

What I will do is try and do good to others, show love to them, and people like I want to be treated – with kindness, respect, and civility. Because, “Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.”



(Dr. Rhett Wilson Sr., is the senior writer for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Charlotte, North Carolina. Rhett graduated from PC and pastored three churches in Laurens County for 18 years.  Access his website at and his blog at



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