I have always felt disturbed listening to my father talking about Chinese superiority over other races (e.g. how the Chinese people are smarter, how the West is doomed to fall and the East will rise.) I don’t know, whenever it happens, I would get very angry and emotional. I would turn a peaceful family dinner into a tense and heated debate.
I guess it’s because deep in my gut I do not buy the racial superiority idea. Chinese people are just as flawed as other people. Chinese always accuse America being arrogant, but I’d say when China becomes the super power of the 21st century, Chinese people will just be as arrogant, perhaps even more. We are all sinful fallen human beings. No one is exempt.
I guess I’m angry towards these speeches because it violates my belief that “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female, for we are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal. 3:28). I have always imagined that if it is not for Christ, it might take an alien invasion for us human beings to understand we are but one race — the human race, and to put down all our racial distinctions.
Today, I’m overjoyed to have heard that statement from the mouth of the Admiral of Battlestar Galactica, speaking right at the center of the United Nations, challenging the new generation of youths to see humanity as one. He said the word “race” is in itself a word invented to create “the other” for segregation, persecution, and extermination. He said we are nothing but one race — the human race. Oh, I’m so touched. So say we all!
Click here to watch the entire panel discussion from the UN website.
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