And we thought it was just Floridians who were racist. Turns out it goes up the chain — way up. Anthea Butler, an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania, explains at Religious Dispatches that, as a matter of fact, the original racist is God:
God ain’t good all of the time. In fact, sometimes, God is not for us. As a black woman in an nation that has taken too many pains to remind me that I am not a white man, and am not capable of taking care of my reproductive rights, or my voting rights, I know that this American god ain’t my god. As a matter of fact, I think he’s a white racist god with a problem. More importantly, he is carrying a gun and stalking young black men.
You remember, of course, when candidate Obama mentioned that “bitter” God who “cling[s] to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like” Him. In fact, turns out he uses his almighty powers to enforce white people’s laws, which were “made to crush those they consider inferior”:
When the laws were never made for people who were considered, constitutionally, to be three-fifths of a person, I have to ask: Is this just? Is it right? Is God the old white male racist looking down from white heaven, ready to bless me if I just believe the white men like Rick Perry who say the Zimmerman case has nothing to do with race?
You already know the answer: No.