I'm a Gen Xer that became politically aware in the 1980's. My understanding broadened and matured in the 90's when it was very clear that neoliberal economic based politics (whether from Democrats or Republicans) was hurting most of people. Racism was used as a tool to divide the working class. Sexism, just a normal part of the way the world works. It just got worse from there.
In 2016, for the first time since I became eligible to vote for president, I decided not to vote. Given the choice between two members of the "Fuck you, I've got mine" ruling class, I wasn't going to lend my support to a corrupt system. In 2020, we've got the same choice, again. Another "Fuck you" from the boomer ruling class. This is the last time that I will be eligible to vote in a U.S. presidential election. I will write in my vote for Bernard Sanders.
This whole thing is just disgusting. The linked article is the last in a trail where the Diocese of Lafayette triangulates which horrible stances are the least objectionable to society at large yet play to the worst tribal instincts of the indoctrinated.
As reported in the Indianapolis Star, a church leader attacked the Black Lives Matter movement. On June 28th, Rev. Theodore Rothrock from St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carmel was comfortable enough in his casual racism that he published the following as part of his weekly message on the church website.
The only lives that matter are their own and the only power they seek is their own," Rothrock wrote in his weekly message on Sunday, June 28. "They are wolves in wolves clothing, masked thieves and bandits, seeking only to devour the life of the poor and profit from the fear of others. They are maggots and parasites at best, feeding off the isolation of addiction and broken families, and offering to replace any current frustration and anxiety with more misery and greater resentment.
The use of dehumanising language by anyone is objectionable and innapropriate. That it was done by a church leader in an official church forum is something to be condemned in the strongest possible way. What kind of moral stance is Rev. Rothrock teaching to his flock?
The local community got wind of his views and criticized them for what they were. This led to his suspension by Bishop Doherty along with a touch of racism is bad, okay?
A non-apology by Rev. Rothrock followed.
"It was not my intention to offend anyone," he wrote, "and I am sorry that my words have caused any hurt to anyone."
There is no admission that what he did was wrong or that he was sorry for doing it. It was in no way a sincere apology or a show of remorse for his actions. This is the kind of response one would expect from a politician and their dog whistles. Is this what the Catholic Church expects of people in the confessional? Their priests?
There were protests outside St. Elizabeth Seton as a result. I fully support those from the local community and those in the church who condemn the casual racism in Rev. Rothrock's remarks and those of the counter protesters. Clearly, those who behave in overtly racist ways must be called to account. At the same time, the silence of those tacitly condoning racism should not allowed to stand without comment. They are part of the problem too.
In the linked article, Bishop Doherty walks back the racism, but still manages to find a way to criticize the BLM movement. It turns out that bigotry and sexism are the kind of family values that the church can expect the community to support.
So there you go. A whoops, our guy let his racism show -- but we can still find tangential ways to hate on BLM. It only took a few weeks.
The BLM movement is far more caring that Rev. Rothrock, Bishop Doherty and those Catholics who spread their own racist, bigotted and misogynistic ways to new generations.
People are not born racist or bigotted, they are taught to be. Some time ago, I made mention that someone in my family was overtly racist. They were excused with the phrase, "That was just how they were raised." When we allow that excuse, those who are excused go on and teach another generation to be racists. It is insideous and needs to be called out for what it is. Then, maybe, we can have a future where people treat each other with respect and dignity. A world where our so-called moral leaders do not dehumanise others through language or actions would be an improvement.