The contradiction between Roman Catholic and American claims for universal human dignity and equality, and the reality of social, political, and economic advantage that white Americans consciously and unconsciously accept and assume, betrays this scandal.
Racial prejudice, in every form, the Roman Catholic Church states: denies equal dignity of all members of the human family and blasphemes the Creator, can only be eradicated by going to its roots, where it is formed: in the human heart. In the U. context, in which too many assume that racial justice has been achieved because of passage of Civil Rights legislation in 1965, the Roman Catholic Church rightly emphasizes that it is not enough that laws prohibit or punish all types of racial discrimination: these laws can be easily gotten around if the community for which they are intended does not fully accept them.
Drawing upon this African insight, the rock star Bono asks: “could it be that all Americans are, in that sense, African-Americans?” Theologically and practically, the Church calls all people to witness to the innumerable ways that “I am because we are.” Contrary to science, however, society uses discrepant terms for “race.” For example, application forms that request an individual’s race use terms that refer to color (white, black), a common cultural and linguistic heritage (Hispanic), or a broad geographical region (Asian).As the old doctor became — thanks to the cancer and to other practice — pretty well-to-do, he decided to send one of his boys to a medical college.After graduating from the medical school, the young man returned home, and his father took a vacation.It continues to signify and structure social life not only experientially and locally, but nationally and globally.” In 2001, the Roman Catholic Church agrees: The situation since 1988 with regard to racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance has regrettably not improved; indeed it has perhaps deteriorated, at a time when the movement of peoples has continued to increase and intermingling of cultures and multi-ethnicity have become “social facts.” The Church and science agree that there is only one race—the human race—and that we all trace our roots to Africa. “Race” has no scientific basis.
Divine revelation “insists on the unity of the human family.” The African proverb that “I am because we are” says it best.During this time the old lady who was afflicted with the “cancer” called in the young man, who treated her; within a few weeks the cancer (or what was supposed to be the cancer) disappeared, and the old lady declared herself well.When the father of the boy returned and found the patient on her feet and perfectly well, he was outraged. I put you through high school, through college, and finally through the medical school on that cancer.The ambiguity of racial and ethnic terms in society reveals a deeper problem with the historical construction of whiteness.The problem, the historian Nell Irvin Painter explains, is that the history of slavery helped construct the idea of the white race in contradictory ways.If anyone has a right to play the victim card, it’s Cain. He stayed out of trouble, worked hard, and made something of himself without the help of a cadre of “poverty pimps.” Cain is the antithesis of the Democrat Party and 90 percent of blacks who support it.