On the evening of June 17, a man shot and killed nine people in a Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The murderer is white and the victims were black. At least one witness says that the murderer wanted “to start a race war.”
God never intended humanity to divide itself along racial lines. The Bible says: “God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27. In other words, God created humanity. God did not create humanity and then tell humanity to divide itself based on skin color and then battle each other.
Acting contrary to God’s wishes in this way is immoral; we can see the divisiveness of racial identity wherever we look. The murderer wanted a “race war.” Some media outlets instantly seemed to oblige, headlining the racial identities of the murderer and victims, so as to spark racial anger. See Charleston Church Shooting: White Gunman Kills 9 At Historic Black Church, Huffington Post.
Media division along racial lines is nothing new. The New York Times, in a now famous attempt at racial division, created a new characterization of “white Hispanic” as George Zimmerman’s identity, in 2012. We need only view major news websites for seconds to see racial divisions dominating the headlines.
Regardless of whether the media intends to create an “us versus them” racial divide, that is the end effect. Media obviously creates racial separation. That separation creates hate. Martin Luther King, Jr. knew this:
Men hate each other because the fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they can’t communicate with each other; and they can’t communicate with each other because they are separated from each other.
A Look to the Future, Sept. 2, 1957. Whenever media separates humanity by race, media creates hate. We all see it.
For these reasons, I no longer identify myself based on skin color, not that I really ever did. I’m just “God’s creation.” That’s all the identity I need.