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Last week, Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson made racist comments, and not a single Evangelical Christian leader called him out on it. Not. One. They may have said, well, he might have been a little insensitive. Oh, well that’s implying that racial minorities are being overly sensitive. In a white supremacist culture, the marginalized are always going to be seen as the villains in the story. I have learned to accept this reality the hard way.
Phil Robertson, on the other hand, he’s a real hero. He’s standing up for his sound Christian beliefs. Yes this test for Evangelicals was very easy, as Fred Clark said, it was oh so easy. And evangelicals failed. Miserably. You want racial reconciliation? Challenge influential members of your bodies who have racist beliefs and are spreading them. Telling the truth is the first step to reconciliation, not holding onto lies and false myths of white supremacy.
But even more Bizarro than Phil Robertson’s racist comments was the idea that evangelicals now actually WANT US TO WATCH reality television. But just a few weeks ago, one of evangelicalism’s leaders, Dave Ramsey, condemned watching reality television as the seriously bad habits of lazy poor people. Or is it that evangelicals want us to only watch reality television with THEIR preferred religious superstars, white, conservative, and “truly American?” Evangelicals had no problem with Sarah Palin having her own reality show before Dave Ramsey gave his advice. The ads and lifestyles on the show certainly were not geared towards persons with lesser means. What this all points to is that Evangelical leadership only finds reality television helpful, not if it includes ordinary citizens, but that it is the exclusive property of elite, millionaire, WASP leadership.
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