The M-Word: In the Eye of the Beholder

It is an old psychological truism that what we see in others is really what is inside of us. The evil we attribute to others is most likely ours as well.  People would do well to acknowledge that tendency — and to own it.  It belongs to the those who “doth protest too much.”  The phenomena is called “projection.”

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus addressed our tendency to see evil in others because our own vision is dark. “But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness.” (Matt. 6:23)

Every time I hear someone on the political left cast aspersions of racism on someone from the right I’m reminded of the defense mechanism of projection — and of the darkness reigning within the accuser.  The folks obsessed with finding racism in the most innocuous of statements are living out the truth of projection — and very likely because of their obsession, they are in fact the true racists. We become what we think about most and if our thoughts are preoccupied with seeing racism everywhere then we are condemning ourselves.

A recent example is the candidate for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis using what his opponents have termed a racist “dog-whistle.” DeSantis said that electing his socialist opponent Andrew Gillum, who happens to be black, would “monkey up” the situation. I think interpreting that expression as racist is beyond absurd. The use of the word monkey in this context derives from an old expression about throwing  a monkey wrench in the works.  It’s an old expression which has zero to do with anything racial — but is instead about blundering and incompetence creating chaos and messing up a situation — or perhaps trying to fix something which is not really broken.

Over the past few decades the so called N-word has acquired the status of something almost holy. We can take the Lord’s name in vain willy-nilly but God forbid we utter the N-word in polite company.  So now we may be adding the M-word to terms too sacred to utter. So what will we rename the monkey wrench?

The political left in this era of political correctness has appropriated the word “racist” and pretty much any associated term and made it the assault rifle in their arsenal of epithets. It all worked very well for them until the ascendancy of Donald Trump. Yet it’s no surprise that they have trotted it out again and applied it to DeSantis. Lacking substantive ideas, name calling is what passes for a strategy.

Also, according to the race baiters, in referring to Andrew Gillum as “articulate” DeSantis was again showing some sort of racial prejudice — as in most black people aren’t usually articulate but Gillum is. So instead of it being a complement it is construed by the race-obsessed as displaying a racist attitude.

Similarly, President Trump’s insistence on building a wall along our southern border became, to those obsessed with race, all about Trump being a racist. Although he has made some ugly comments about Mexicans, building a wall is about having a country and not about race. Every country on the planet has rules governing entrance, exit and citizenship. Open borders means you no longer have a country. Open borders is an appealing idea to those who see any sort of nationalism as evil — such as former president Obama — who, BTW I see as our racist in chief. One only need read his biography Dreams from My Father to see his racial obsession and its roots.  Added evidence of that is that during his eight years running the country racial tensions increased. He did not heal old wounds, he exacerbated them.

President Trump has a well documented history of getting along with blacks and other minorities. His obsession is with business and money, not with race. He wants to do a deal and make money — his obsession is not with black or brown skin, its with green, as in the color of money.

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About diospsytrek

I am a licensed mental health counselor in Florida. I am also the author of four books. The books have to do with coping with depression and other mood disorders, and the nexus of psychological problems and spiritual warfare.
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