Question for Doug — “Do you have warnings or encouragements related to interracial marriages?”
“I want to begin by objecting to the phrase ‘interracial.’ I’ll begin there. I think the question is really talking about inter-ethnic marriage. There is only one race. The human race. And so I think races — the whole concept of races — is problematic. The one human race is divided by language. divided by culture, divided by tribes, divided by history. There are many things that divide us.”
Minister — CREC
It’s amazing to me that putatively educated people can say things like what Doug Wilson says in light of the hard concrete realities that laugh at their statements as presented in this USA Today article.
This USA Today article is about a little girl (Aliani) who needs a bone marrow transplant. I quote the article in defiance of Wilson’s pastoral professional malpractice as on display in the Wilson video.
“In order for bone marrow transplants to have the highest rate of success, the donor and the recipient need to be of the same ethnic and racial background. The challenge for Ailani, who is half black and half white, is that the majority of prospective donors registered with the National Marrow Donor Program, which operates Be The Match, are white.
“It’s difficult for any (multiracial) person to find a match on the registry,” Schatz said, explaining that while white people have a 77% chance of finding a perfect match on the registry, people of other racial and ethnic backgrounds have much lower odds.
Latinos, for instance, have a 46% chance of finding a match, and blacks have a 23% chance of a match, according to Schatz.
She didn’t know how likely it is to find a multiracial match though the registry, only that the chances are even lower for people like Ailani, whose life now depends on it.
In light of this reality how do people like Wilson and others offer up with a straight face that race does not exist or is a social construct? In point of fact in light of the reality of Aliani and people like her Wilson is showing himself an unworthy Shepherd when he advises people that there is no such thing as race. Can’t you just hear Aliani’s parents saying to the Doctors and to their family members upon receiving the shattering news that finding a bone marrow donor match for Aliani would be especially difficult since Aliani was a mixed race child, “But Rev. Wilson told us that race did not exist before we decided to get married?”
And Aliani is just one example that overturns Wilson. There are diseases also that focus their wreckage on particular races over and above other races. Further, Pharmaceutical companies develop medicines that are especially designed to profit one race vis-a-vis other races. Whole books have been written to substantiate that different races tend to different IQ abilities. (See Charles Murray’s “The Bell Curve”). To suggest that races don’t exist is irresponsible, ignorant, and a clear indicator that someone has given into the politically correct zeitgeist.
There can be no doubt that it is true that all people belong to the human race. However that does not mean that within the one human race as species, varying sub-species don’t exist — each fully human, each Image Bearers of God, but each a distinct expression of the one human race. And together communicating the idea of the One and the Many character of God. Further, within these sub-species there exist different ethnicity, tribes, and families.
Wilson mentions the things that divide us, but note that none of those things that divide us, per Wilson, are genetic. It’s almost as if Wilson is denying that genetic differences exist. Such a position borders on Gnosticism. Forgive me for bringing that up but there is so much Gnosticism in the Church today that it needs to be mentioned.
Rev. Wilson’s position fits well with the the cultural Marxist vision which embraces the idea of all colors bleeding into one, which in turn has a very Genesis 11 Babel feel about it.