I don’t surf YouTube as much as some others. I did watch this entire 6-minute clip from The View. I get to watch The View maybe once a quarter, and like it for being a talk show that sometimes candidly addresses about the world we live in and its culture, especially allowing different opinions to be voiced without neatly tidying it up at the end.
Whoopi Goldberg and Elisabeth Hasselbeck were singled out on this one episode, for being the most vocal. The whole 5-women crew addressed the issue of Jesse Jackson using the “N” word. While it sounded like a double-standard for African-Americans to have the right to use the word in public and/or private, Caucasians didn’t have the right to use the word.
What caught my attention and prompted me to post, is the remarks that surfaced at the 3:45 mark. Whoppi explains how “… we live in different worlds!” while Elisabeth wants us to live as if we were in the same world.
To some degree, we all live in the same society and the same nation. BUT, there are differences for those who live in the world as a minority vs. one who lives as the majority ethnicity/race. It is this majority cultures’ insensitivity (aka “white privilege“) and lack of acknowledgement of these differences that is particularly troubling. Troubling to some, anyways. This blind spot spills over into the church and into how we do theology.
When my fellow Asian Americans don’t acknowledge the differences of being a minority in a majority culture, that disappoints me all the more.