Charity and the Guilt of a Race


Rod Dreher has an interesting post on the balkanizing dangers of progressive anti-white rhetoric, and readers with an interest in the subject should read it.  What most caught my eye, however, was a tangential sentiment in a quotation Dreher includes from an NBC News commentary by Noah Berlatsky:

Even community service can reproduce racist ideas. It’s hard to see people as equals when you always have power over them, or when your primary experience with them involves giving them charity.

The spectacle of well-intentioned people working, half unconsciously, to solidify and perpetuate their own power is not an encouraging one. “I feel like my findings are pretty dismal,” Hagerman admits. “When you have people who have a lot of wealth alongside this racial privilege, they’re ultimately making decision that benefit their own kids, and I don’t know how you really interrupt that.”

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However he arrives at it, Berlatsky’s ideology clearly gets charity wrong.Maybe that’s a progressive versus traditionalist difference.  To a traditionalist — specifically a Christian traditionalist — we’re called to charity because we’re all equal in the eyes of God, and we’re to see God most especially in those who are suffering.  The last will be first.  If we are comfortable, we should be concerned that we have already received our reward, but when we humble ourselves, we will be elevated in Heaven.

There’s plenty of room for hypocrisy and imperfection in the actual application of this principle, but that’s the underlying view.  You owe it to the disadvantaged to help them because, ultimately, they are your equals, and what you have is an indication either that your priorities are wrong or that God has given to you so that you may help others.

The penance of progressives’ materialism is much more stern.  The obligation of the privileged is complete negation.  You don’t give to others because you are equal; you deprive yourself because you are inferior (and give to progressives, so they can profit from the redistribution of your wealth).

Actually, as Dreher explains, it would be more true to say that the altruistic progressive appears obligated mostly to express guilt and continue on with his or her privilege.  Culturally, it’s a ritual sacrifice of the less privileged of their own race for the expiation of guilt.

  • Rhett Hardwick

    For many years, at least some, notable futurists have been predicting a “Balkanization” of the U.S. The Mid-west would be white, the South black, California, the Southwest and Florida hispanic. I am embarrassed to say I forget the prediction for the Northeast.

    Concerning charity, or socialism, the only place it seems to have worked, at all, is in the Nordic states. They have small populations and seem to be about 99% blonde Protestants. In other words they are “equal”. This seems to be coming apart as a result of immigration.

    Charity. I “belong” to a group known as “the Boy’s Club”. It is made up of a group of successful blue-collar guys (“Deplorables”) that I have known since childhood. They meet every Friday night for beer and chatter. (a side note, for years it met at a “member’s” barn, and beer cans were tossed in the loft. He decided to clean it out and got $1,100 for the cans. For myself, I think I have downed 3 beers in my adult life.) I attended the “Christmas Party” at a metal fabrication shop (where no one said Happy Holidays) and someone brought up Glen Beck’s suggestion that an appropriate Christmas act would be to anonymously pay off a “lay away” at Walmarts. Between us we kicked in $2,200 and sent “Mike the Polock” to Walmarts. I wonder if this idea would have legs at a Progressive’s “Holiday Party”? Perhaps Nordstroms doesn’t have “lay aways”.

    Mark 4:25 (King James) “For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.”