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November 16, 2012
This Is Racist
There is a time for righteous anger—the kind of anger that drives us to stand against injustice and blatant racism.
For some of us, racism is a daily experience. For others, racism seems virtually uncommon.
But no matter how familiar we are with racism in our daily lives, part of our Christian call is standing against it and saying: “This is wrong.”
Yesterday, Eugene Cho wrote a blog post in response to the controversial “Make Me Asian” app. I encourage you to put yourself in the shoes of our Asian American brothers and sisters and listen to Eugene’s words.
When I read Eugene’s post, I immediately thought of the Asian American brothers and sisters I know whom I truly consider some of the most important mentors of my life. The kind of love, affirmation, and discipleship that I’ve received from these brothers and sisters has been an important catalytic agent of God’s transformation in my life.
I would not be who I am today if not for Steve, Matt, Christie, Peggy, Lisa, Kat, and Melissa.
InterVarsity as a whole has a rich heritage of multiethnicity. We believe that God is the Creator and Redeemer of every tribe, tongue, and nation. We believe that God sees every person and every ethnicity and marvels at his own creativity.
In addition, as a national movement, one of InterVarsity’s core values is to pursue “ethnic reconciliation by practicing mutual empowerment, grace, and truth and by promoting personal and systemic justice.”
Our InterVarsity chapters may look different across the nation—some of us might belong to multiethnic chapters, some may be part of ethnic-specific chapters. But, as a national movement, InterVarsity is a diverse student body. In fact, we are more diverse than the United States’ college student body.
If we want to be a fellowship of Jesus-followers that seeks “to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with [our] God” (Micah 6:9), we must listen to each other in order to understand how our words and actions affect other people.
And we must fight against the temptation to become defensive or apathetic. Instead, we must choose into suffering.
We must follow the example of Jesus—our Lord and Savior—who gave up everything to live and walk in our shoes and know our suffering. Let us follow Christ’s example and enter into our Asian American brothers’ and sisters’ suffering . . . and let us become more like Christ in the process.
Amy Hauptman is a writer on InterVarsity’s communications team. She is a former campus staff worker at UC Davis, the University of Nevada–Reno, and Truckee Meadows Community College. The three driving forces in her life, besides her love for coffee, are to see, learn, and enjoy as much as possible. She also blogs at amyhauptman.blogspot.com.