Author Archives: Kyle French

Racist Careers?

I’m not sure what to do with Thabiti Anyabwile’s issues with the police.  The idea that police as a category have been an instrument of racist oppression makes perfect sense to me, but it confuses me that the way to address that is to permanently categorize the police as a tool of racist oppression.

His mom told him he must not, under any circumstances, become a cop, because the system would have him unjustly shooting other black men.  That almost makes sense, except that I’m pretty sure under similar circumstances, my mother would have told me by all means to become a policeman, so that I could reduce the number of my fellow Irishmen being unjustly shot.

I was raised on the philosophy that you should combat racism by feeling sorry for racists and helping them learn better.  My mom made me read Ben Carson’s book Think Big at an early age.

Can anybody corroborate Mr. Anyabwile’s story, or help explain it? Can a black man be a policeman without perpetuating racist systems?

Okay

Two links for Thabiti Anyabwile in a row, and this one may be more serious than the last. I’m not much for joining movements, or frankly anything else that smacks of being practical.  I don’t understand racism, or even what it feels like to be oppressed.  The idea that the proof that someone is being oppressed is the fact that they feel that way is slack-jawed incomprehensible to me.  But Thabiti says so, and I’m inclined to believe him, because I trust him when he tells me how I ought to feel.

Now I’d like him to tell me what to do.  He’s issuing a challenge to the orthodox Evangelical church to form an organization, a campaign, a something. I’m no good at that sort of thing, and I’m pretty sure I’m nobody in the body of Christ, but point me to the bandwagon.  I’ll get on it.