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Recently a brother at /r/asianmasculinity shared this video, which depicts a group of young African American men sharing what they believe to be a gospel truth on a busy street

This brother shared it as an example of an Asian man acting strongly in defense of ‘right’. At around the 8-1/2 minute mark, the Asian man spits on the face of one of the African Americans who has outed himself as having called the man a ‘chink’

The responses on the original discussion thread were varied – readers were generally polarized in their beliefs of whether it was worth engaging with these men in the first place.

The Bible teaches us to love our neighbors. It is written in Mark 12:31 “Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than [this]”.

We all know that we ought to treat others as we would like to be treated. This is commonly called the Golden Rule, the most famous version of which says, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. It is deeply grounded in each of us from a young age, as evidenced by our desire to see justice and equality served to all. So when the young man occupying the camera’s attention goes on to complain about how the Asian man had called him and his cohort ‘black’ as if this were a grave sin, he does so with the knowledge that he, too, has sinned against his fellow man. His hatred stems from a misplaced pride, and he is unaware of the dramatic irony with which he acts.

Unfortunately, videos like this attract racists in droves. One look at the comments shows that they are flooded with persons of various racial backgrounds attacking the African American men: they call them “nigger”, “scum”, the “lowest form of life”. Some African Americans openly celebrate the efforts of their brothers, while others denounce them. The goal of racists is to divide us into so many little units and to have us fight it out for racial supremacy.

The reality is this: we all occupy this space together and, regardless of race or creed, there are certain codes of ethics required of us in order to maintain any semblance of having an ordered society. Those seeking to perpetuate a singular belief in the supremacy of one race do so to incite hate amongst their followers.

In our life’s struggles, let us not perpetuate these flawed notions. Each of us belongs to a group that feels in some way blessed – it is entirely human to hold a strong sense of pride for where you come from. If none exists, one should be made, though never to be wielded as an instrument of hatred, or to serve as justification to raise oneself at the expense of others.

In attempting to build a strong sense of pride for ones culture and heritage, let us not go to extremes, lest we incite hatred for those who are different from ourselves. The road has enough pain as is: do not add to it.