There is nothing in the column by Rev. D. Nelson L. Price, appearing in the MDJ of Saturday/Sunday, May 1/2, 2021 that even remotely proves that racism is a two-way street. In fact, writing from his privileged white life, he betrays his own racism, which by the way each of us, including myself, possesses who are part of the white plurality.
He mentions that he was “abused by a couple of black nurses while in the hospital for five weeks.” He does not describe what those abuses were, but he is quick to provide that he was “also blessed and well treated by others” with no mention of skin color. Now I practiced urological surgery for over 50 years, mostly in three academic centers in three different states, and cannot believe that these two nurses were racists. What power did they yield over Dr. Price? Did they humiliate him because of his skin color? They possibly treated him badly from his perspective, but I sincerely doubt it was racist.
I agree with the important Christian lessons of love, grace and kindness espoused in the majority of his column. But when was he ever denied entrance to anything because of the color of his skin, told where he could drink water, or where he could or couldn’t eat, where he could and could not stay overnight, felt fear when a policeman pulled him over, told where he could and could not purchase property or a dwelling, or told he couldn’t vote?
Our local Presbyterian church has a small group of members who meet on ZOOM every two weeks trying to understand what racism in this country is all about. We are on our second book, “White Fragility — Why it’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” by Robin Diangelo. I would invite Rev. Dr. Price to read this book and then write another column after reading it. That would be an act of Christian Love!
The authoress, who is white, states at the end of Chapter 5 the following, “Racism is so deeply woven into the fabric of our society that I do not see myself escape from that continuum in my lifetime.” To that I say AMEN!
Ronald W. Lewis M.D.
Elder, Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, Outreach Team