Last post I made my case for why I believe poverty is a sin. I predicted it would shock some and anger others. That was true. The plan was to make this follow up post about why there is nothing spiritual about being poor. But based on some reaction to the last post, I want to detour and explore some issues people raised.
On Twitter, Steve said he understood my reasoning but felt it was, “deeply steeped in white privileged and racism, along with a gross misunderstanding of the reality of systemic racism.” He went on to say that racism and colonization are what’s sinful, and are at the root of poverty. He was also curious why I wasn’t referencing systemic racism in the original post. Here are my thoughts…
First, I certainly agree that racism is systemic. Most people here in the States equate racism as the institutional advantage built into the system for white people. But that’s a very U.S.-centric view. The racism is South Africa is quite different, as is the racism in India, Scandinavia, Malaysia, Colombia, or Kazakhstan. Racism is not exclusively a white privilege/black suppression dynamic. It varies all over the globe and is best dissected as a privileged majority/oppressed minority dynamic. (Or believe it or not, sometimes a privileged minority/oppressed majority one.) Often the determining factor in the discrimination and oppression isn’t race, but gender, religion, caste, or other distinctions. For those reasons, I felt that if I brought the systemic racism element into the post, it would actually distract from the meaning and message I desired to convey.
Hopefully all rational people would agree that depending on your environment, timing and the circumstances of your birth - you may have to overcome a systemic infrastructure created to restrict or oppress you. This isn’t fair or just, but it is what it is. And it leads us back to an existential choice you ultimately get down to:
Are you going to be a victim or a victor?
Yes, the system is probably rigged against you. It’s rigged against literally millions of people. So what are you going to do? I covered this topic on my Prosperity TV channel a while back. Take a look at what I said then. I think it applies to our discussion here.
So you can see why I fervently believe poverty is a sin. And like James Allen, I believe the slave and oppressor are co-creators in lack. On the next post, we get back to why I believe there is nothing spiritual about being poor. Until then, would love to see your thoughts below.