The Original Sin of Being Born White

1920's Democratic National Convention

1920’s Democratic National Convention

Original sin

Original sin is the doctrine which holds that human nature has been morally and ethically corrupted due to the disobedience of mankind’s first parents to the revealed will of God. In the Bible, the first human transgression of God’s command is described as the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden resulting in what theology calls the Fall of mankind. The doctrine of original sin holds that every person born into the world is tainted by the Fall such that all of humanity is ethically debilitated, and people are powerless to rehabilitate themselves, unless rescued by God.

Those of you who, like me, spent time in a mainstream Christian church are probably aware of the doctrine of “original sin”. Under that doctrine anyone “born of woman” is born guilty of sin and like all sinners will go to Hell when they die unless they repent and seek forgiveness. Now we have a new version of original sin for those of us who were born white.

Lydia Polgreen in the New York Times:

America is living through a moment of racial paradox. Never in its history have black people been more fully represented in the public sphere. The United States has a black president and a glamorous first lady who is a descendant of slaves. African-Americans lead the country’s pop culture in many ways, from sports to music to television, where show-runners like Shonda Rhimes and Lee Daniels have created new black icons, including the political fixer Olivia Pope on “Scandal” and the music mogul Cookie Lyon on “Empire.”

It has become commonplace to refer to the generation of young people known as millennials as “post-racial.” Black culture has become so mainstream that a woman born to white parents who had claimed to be black almost broke the Internet last week by saying that she was “transracial.”

Yet in many ways, the situation of black America is dire.

“All of these examples in some ways are really misleading in what they represent,” Mr. Stevenson said. “We have an African-American president who cannot talk about race, who is exposed to hostility anytime he talks about race. These little manifestations of black artistry and athleticism and excellence have always existed. But they don’t change the day-to-day experience of black Americans living in most parts of this country.”

If current trends continue, one in three black men are expected to spend time in prison at some point in their lives. The Great Recession wiped out twice as much black wealth as it did white, and the raw numbers are even more stark: Post-recession median household wealth for a white family in 2014 was almost $142,000, down from $192,500. The median wealth for black households had fallen to $11,000 from $19,200. There are 1.5 million black men “missing” in America, because they are either dead or in prison.

Pull back even farther into history, experts say, and the picture gets starker. Black people were overwhelmingly excluded from the largest opportunities for wealth creation in the 20th century, from federally subsidized homeownership after World War II to the job training programs that created millions of middle-class livelihoods.

The Confederate flag still flies at the state capitol in Columbia, S.C. Black people across the South live on streets named for heroes of the side of the Civil War that opposed the end to slavery.

For many black people, Charleston is of a piece with the story of black life in America.

“Many of the conditions — housing, food, police brutality — they’re not isolated, they’re all connected experiences,” said Lamont Lilly, 35, a black journalist and activist in Durham, N.C., a city about 300 miles north of Charleston. Greg Tate, a black writer and musician, said black people could not help but feel that they are under siege in a society afflicted with amnesia about its own history.

“There has always just been a constant denial in America that racism really exists,” Mr. Tate said. “As James Baldwin says, there is just an incapacity of white Americans to look at themselves as bad people. We see with Dylann Roof there is already a rush to not only dissociate other white Americans from his violence but to distance he himself from his own stated investment in white supremacist ideology.”

The era of instantaneously shared images holds out hope for change. Cellphone videos of police officers shooting unarmed black males shock the conscience of Americans, the theory goes, just as TV footage of peaceful black protesters menaced by vicious dogs and water cannons in the civil rights era troubled white Americans of that time.

Yet many black Americans today lament facing struggles reminiscent of the last century. Highly militarized police forces patrol their communities. State voter ID laws, along with laws barring felons from voting, are widely seen as efforts to disenfranchise black citizens. Some scholars argue that mass incarceration and harsh policing tactics have replaced Jim Crow laws as a way to control the black population.

What a load of crap!

Ever been in a relationship with someone who cannot forgive and forget anything? We all make mistakes, but nobody wants to keep paying for the same mistake over and over and over. Even worse is when you have to keep paying for someone else’s transgressions.

I met a woman whose first husband was a lying, cheating, abusive deadbeat. I mistakenly thought I would have it easy because I didn’t intend to do any of those things. I understood I would need to prove myself and earn her trust, but I wrongly assumed that eventually she would see that I was different.


Instead I found myself paying the price for what he had done. That was five years I’ll never get back. I won’t make the same mistake again.

Sorry, Ms. Polgreen, but the Era of White Guilt is over. I am not paying penance (or cash) for stuff that was done by other people before I was born. This country has already been washed in the blood enough times.

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87 Responses to The Original Sin of Being Born White

  1. Myiq2xu says:

    One of my pet peeves is someone who is better off than me whinging about how bad they have it.

  2. Myiq2xu says:

    Instead I found myself paying the price for what he had done. That was five years I’ll never get back. I won’t make the same mistake again.

    Actually, I did make the same mistake again. Several times. But this time I mean it!

  3. piper says:

    Had enough of this crap to last me another lifetime. My give a crap / bullshit is completely broken. I refuse to follow this ‘outrage’ as it demeans everyone including the whingers and whiners who would have perished if they had lived during the horrors of WWII in Europe as did my parents.
    The keep them scared / stay in line meme is nothing more than a political ploy to enrich certain people.

  4. Myiq2xu says:

    He was wanted for attacking Asian women.

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  7. piper says:

    Another share from K. Marge
    Victor Davis Hanson nails the hypocrisy of the rush to ban the Confederate Flag. I guess “racism” by minority racists doesn’t count. Or it doesn’t if you look for the media reporting on it or minority leaders talking about it.

    The Confederate battle flag is far from the only worrisome symbol in America today.

    The pedigree of the term La Raza is just as incendiary as that of the Confederate battle flag. The Spanish noun raza (cf. Latin radix: “root” or “race”) is akin to the now-discarded German use of Volk, which in the early 20th century came to denote a common German racial identity that transcended linguistic and cultural affinities: To be a real member of the Volk one had to “appear” German, in addition to speaking German and possessing German citizenship.

    One wonders why in 2015 there is still nomenclature such as “the Congressional Black Caucus,” over half a century after the civil-rights movement sought to promote integration and the idea that Americans should be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.. The Caucus ostensibly seeks to ensure the end of exclusion by race from full participation in American society by creating a lobbying group focused entirely on one particular race.

  8. piper says:

    Off to do laundry/ironing then gardening but felt that I needed to leave you with this unappealing story about a naked couple in Ohio.–naked-couple-arrested-in-bizarre-incident/29105049/

  9. votermom says:

    Them godless lefties can wallow in their original sin if they want.
    Jesus’s blood washed away my original sin.
    PTL & PTA.

  10. votermom says:

    Honestly I find the concept of inherited racial guilt so offensive. It smacks of Nazi ideology and eugenics.

    • lyn says:


      • SHV says:

        “and eugenics.”
        Eugenics was “the” Progressive cause of the early-mid 20th century. Eugenics has been discredited but the “We know what’s best for you” mentality still defines “Progressive” as opposed to the nearly extinct political class/philosophy known as “Liberal”.

  11. Dora says:

    Hillary Clinton to Speak on Race Relations in Florissant, MO Near #Ferguson

    Hillary Clinton will speak on race in Florissant near Ferguson on Tuesday.

    Maybe she’ll bring her accent with her.

  12. 1wanderingtruthseeker says:

    It’s a genocide of white people. We are now the New Jews.Study Nazi Germany you will see the same steps going on today.

  13. votermom says:

    ISIS beheading prisoners by wrapping det cord around their necks, all in a row.

  14. driguana says:

    All of this and still no real path to a meaningful dialogue on racial issues in this country.

    • swanspirit says:

      We cannot have meaningful dialogue, when we are are in the process of blaming and shaming, and while the race baiting appears to be working for political goals. They just keep spewing toxic bullshit, because it serves their political purposes.
      Obama saying the n-word is a perfect example. No one said it was just ok to be polite enough not to say the n-word. No one proposed that as the solution to what racism is left in this country, and around the world. He doesn’t know the meaning of meaningful dialogue.
      How can anyone take any inspiration from someone who wants to talk about racism, when their focus is only white on black, while they foster anti-semitism, refuse to acknowledge the slaughter of Christians by muslims , refuse to name radical muslims as terrorists, but they want to label a white racist as a terrorist? Rather a lopsided approach. Some might even say bigoted.

    • 49erDweet says:

      Nobody in this administration actually wants a “meaningful dialogue”. Why toss away your only talking point?

  15. swanspirit says:

    One of the reasons I left the church so many years ago, was the doctrine of original sin. I consider it to be not just flawed doctrine, but a device to ensure the guilt, shame and blame of the faithful, Without original sin, we have nothing to atone for , simply by virtue of being born.

    Without the sin of being born white, I have no “white guilt” to atone for. I refuse to buy into that bullshit of white guilt. In the long run, that kind of attitude only fosters more division among people , not real unity, not real equality, and certainly not love. It is just one-upmanship in another form.
    Blaming and scapegoating does not solve problems, it just obscures the solutions; while it keeps people in an unproductive cycle of shame and toxic guilt.
    Just like taking that flag down won’t resolve the race hatred in some warped individuals heart.

  16. foxyladi14 says:

    The protesters just had to find something to protest. 👿

  17. Dora says:

    Here comes The Donald! 🙂

    Trump Surges in Popularity in N.H., Taking Second Place in Suffolk Poll

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  20. Kathy says:

    You know, I don’t remember all this racial stuff dominating headlines before Obama became president.

  21. Myiq2xu says:

  22. I have a thought. What ever happened to “never forget!”. The Nazi Death Camps are still open for tourists and history buffs. Chad Pergram is tweeting an entire list of Confederate Statues on Capitol Hill. (Some in the basement)

    Wouldn’t it be better for us to REMEMBER what happened in this country so as not to let it happen again? And what about FDR and the Japanese who were citizens? Should HIS memorial in DC be taken down? A slippery slope indeed. I think I remember MO saying something about Barack will make us change our history.

    Ta da. Another check mark on the list. IMO.

    • 49erDweet says:

      Our history is already changed. Recently googled a “movement” my parents were lightly involved with during WWII, a group concerned efforts were underway to do away with some constitutional rights and freedoms. Discovered it has gone from a ‘patriotic’ classification to being a ‘fascist, anti-semitic hate’ group. In seven years. Reclassifying and rewriting history is a potent tool in keeping lo-fo’s in line.

    • blowme0bama says:

      Leftist Taliban at work destroying any physical vestiges of our history they find offensive.

  23. Off to the shower and dentist. BBL. So sick of this crap I could…well…take a shower!

  24. cynic says:

    I have been following DeRay McKesson’s tweets, via Corrente, and have been reading them for weeks. He is nothing but a racial agitator, and somebody is paying him to do that. I mentioned him here, yesterday.

    An article was posted last night, titled: ‘Step Aside, Reverend Al: The Next Generation of Race-Baiters Has Arrived’

    Others are watching as well.

    Here’s a bit from the article:

    “And it’s not a bad life, evidently. For their “activism,” McKesson and Elzie shared the 2015 PEN New England Howard Zinn Freedom to Write Award, and the No. 11 spot on Fortune’s 2015 “World’s Greatest Leaders List.” (For context: Bill and Melinda Gates were No. 18.) He was invited by Hillary Clinton’s campaign to her (re)launch on Manhattan’s Roosevelt Island earlier this month.

    …..” it’s an itinerant band of professional protesters who display their devotion to the cause by going wherever grievances are ripe for exploitation. Their purpose persists only as long as such tensions do. They’re the Deadheads of racial grievance, and McKesson is their id, tweeting and snapchatting and instagramming his self-righteous aphorisms, continually reassuring 164,000 Twitter followers that things are far worse than they ever thought.”

    Read more at:

  25. Dora says:

    Oh what a frightening thought!

    Obama: Let Me Open New Pathways of Opportunity for You

    Because “you didn’t build that.”

  26. left_VA_&_dems_for_TX says:

    A great plan: liberals (white ones it should say) refusing to breed so they don’t biologically spread white privilege

    I saw an interesting headline at Weasel Zippers today. It dealt with a writer at Huffpo who has been on an interesting journey. Ali Michael went through a traumatic period in her youth where, as a white woman, she wanted to avoid the possibility of giving birth to white children who might biologically spread the contagion of white privilege. Her inspiration, of course, was Rachel Dolezal.

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    • boutis says:

      They won’t stop until they kill all of us in the South even if our families never owned slaves and were indentured or yeomen and poor, run out of the United Kingdom or other parts of Europe because of religion and heritage. They will never stop because they are bigots, ignorant, and demented. I see that this person is a self loathing Tennessean. It must be a terrible burden to be so insecure.

    • DeniseVB says:

      There’s a Dr. Vox ? Lawd’o’mercy !

      his bio: Seattleite transplanted from Tennessee; now blogging for about energy politics. Climate hawk, deficit dove.

  30. votermom says:

    • lizzy says:

      They don’t need to disband; under Obama they are withering to dust and will blow away in the first climate change winds. Dustbowl of Democrats. Corrupt and manipulative beyond saving. Done in by their own greed and arrogance.

    • NewOrleans says:

      That is brilliant, VM!

  31. Dora says:

    South Carolina’s Activists Won’t Stop At The Flag

    “The problem is that racism and hatred is being taught.”

  32. 1539days says:

    I was just wondering something. We know that the shooter was a pretty hard core racist. Because of that, most liberals have dismissed the fact that he shot in a church. Something occurs to me. He spent an hour in that church before he started attacking. So, apparently this historically Black church had no problem with a White kid at a Bible study. Doesn’t that go to show that the church isn’t as monolithically Black as we’re led to believe?

    • We don’t actually “know” that Roof “was a pretty hard core racist.” We know he made some racist comments at the scene based on witness accounts, which may have been out of character for him. So he had a racist motive in this event, but he doesn’t have a documented history of white supremacy or connections to such AFAWK.

      Roof’s purported friends report that he made a few racist jokes, but that he didn’t spout racist shit and they had no reason to suspect he would do something like this. The only “evidence” we have of an alleged “manifesto” is publicized by a series of sources that we know operate as noise amplifiers for this administration and the collective of activists it has harnessed. Every one of them used qualifiers in their headlines.

      The story made the top of Memeorandum briefly on Sunday morning (see mapped screenshot below from Sunday, June 21 @ 8:55 am, which I created tonight). Most sources who at least attempt to maintain a veneer of credibility haven’t touched it or quoted heavily from it, though some have referenced it as fact, citing one of the original sources from the screenshot (and Mediaite, which printed the full text and is held by the same company who owns Gawker).

      I’m not buying it. First, the alleged manifesto is written by someone with excellent written English skills, and Dylann failed 9th grade, reattempted it briefly, then dropped out altogether. Unlikely that he has such elevated written communication skills. Second, it’s a perfect echo of so much of the 1950s fantasy that the left tends to spout as their understanding of “white supremacy.” I think there’s reason to question it, given all of that and the fact that the alleged website doesn’t work (who took it down??), the text is cited from an attached txt file where it is printed, who found it (look in the Reason article for the links to their Twitter feeds) and the fact that the so-called MSM won’t touch it.

      We wouldn’t be having all this hoopla over Confederate flags if there was an iota of evidence it was real. The media would be fixated on that, instead of making sidelong opaque references to it and using a bunch of qualifiers. My 2 cents.

      Memeo 2

      • 49erDweet says:

        Interesting. Thanks.

      • 1539days says:

        Okay, but that gets away from my original point. He was racist enough, with the outdated African flags and the whole “you rape our women” stuff. At the same time, however, I think there is a serious element of anti-Christian hatred in his choice of target, along with the fact that this was no a Black-only church where White people were not welcome.

  33. Alfred E. Neuman says:

    Reblogged this on The Lynler Report.

  34. Myiq2xu says:


  35. Dora says:

    Envy always turns into hatred. There sure is a lot of it out there now.

    Black Georgetown Professor Goes On Racist Rant: “Everything White People Have, They Have In Part Because They Are White”…

  36. Dora says:

    I am finding this story shocking! I can’t understand why Hillary’s comment caused such an angry reaction! . Are we no longer allowed to say that all lives matter? Why? Is the value of white human lives being tossed aside like the Confederate Flag?

    Racist! Hillary Clinton commits unforgivable outrage: Saying ‘all lives matter’ in a black church

    • votermom says:

      Because ONLY black lives matter.
      ONLY same sex marriage should be encouraged.
      ONLY leftists have feelings that can get hurt.
      Leftism is the ultimate ideology of narcissism.

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