If there be go mark him well for as far as a I can tell none have given what they have so others may be glad.
Which makes me wonder what’s going on that so many people can be wrong who think things can suddenly change by marching down the streets to complain, by tearing down monuments old, believing the bill of goods they are sold.
It was news when the head of Roman Catholicism’s Jesuit society ordered American Jesuits to throw themselves into the fight for total African-American equality. He ordered American Jesuit purchasing agents to boycott firms that discriminate against blacks.
He pointed out that the American Jesuits have become “identified more and more with the middle-class white segment of the population.” He went on to say, “our record of service” to the American blacks “has fallen far short of what it should have been.”
He called for recognition of the blacks economic and civil rights but for a thorough retraining of mind and emotion to eradicate prejudices. He deplored racism every where in the world as a violation of the Christian concept of man but singled out the situation in America as the most alarming.
He praised the blacks for their struggle in America and said, “If, in this revolution of rising expectations, they cannot find in the free world the sympathy and help they need, they may be tempted to turn to other leaders and to other systems inimical to Christian truths and democratic ideas.”
He ordered the Jesuit regional leaders to concentrate on fighting prejudice and poverty. He emphasized what he called the need to develop Jesuit experts in race relations and deplored the relatively few blacks now in Jesuit ranks.
That is a stark warning to his fellow Jesuits and an admonition them that they must change. One wonders if the 13 page directive to the American Jesuits will have the desired effect of uplifting and assisting American blacks. How is the Jesuit superior general decried racism in America by calling it the most alarming in the world?
We see today the Blacks Lives Matter marches. The destructive behavior like looting stores has mostly gone away. The tearing down of statues of those who the mob finds fault with are increasingly being ripped from their foundations. Teddy Roosevelt, Andrew Jackson and others are in danger. Like other frenzies this too will pass.
The real question is will they accomplish anything. Much is being said and promised under the pressure of the protestors. But are these of such little value as those made by prisoners of war under duress? When the situation changes will they be gone with the wind?
What about the demands of the Jesuit superior general? Will his comment suggesting America is the most racist country in the world work to spark a change? How will the Jesuits respond to it.
Well as we can see the fine words by the Jesuit superior general were generally ignored. How do we know? They were written during prior turbulent times which give them suspect.
More so, they were written in 1967. Nothing changed. Will they have an effect this time?