Okay folks, you can stop talking about racial inequality now. Mike Huckabee has it all figured out. You don’t need to work on public policy to reduce institutional racism or promote equality. You don’t have to work together to overcome society’s racial biases. Ya’ll just need to get right with Jesus.
Now that South Carolina leaders had called to take down the flag, Huckabee said that he agreed with the decision.
“I keep hearing people saying we need more conversations about race,” the former Arkansas governor opined. “Actually we don’t need more conversations. What we need is conversions because the reconciliations that changes people is not a racial reconciliation, it’s a spiritual reconciliation when people are reconciled to God.”
“When I love God and I know that God created other people regardless of their color as much as he made me, I don’t have a problem with racism,” Huckabee insisted.
The candidate concluded: “It’s solved!”
So there you go. Solved! Done! Let’s all just sing some hymns and call it a day. But wait, a couple thoughts are bubbling up. Like the fact that racism was most pervasive in this country when Christianity was the virtually exclusive religion for Americans. And that slaveholders actually converted their slaves to Christianity because they thought it would make them more docile. And the fact that the Bible was used to justify slavery, and for good reason — there are all kinds of verses endorsing slavery and not a single one opposing it. And that the people who are most racist in this country are almost unanimously Christian.
I guess Huckabee’s idea isn’t such a good one after all. I guess this will take actually effort to overcome, effort that Huckabee certainly has no intention of exerting.