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March 2002



Pitt cheerleaders and dance team rock the Fitzerald Fieldhouse

Panthers celebrate Big East West Championship at the Fieldhouse

Controversy arises for SGB, Delta Tau Delta, and Rainbow Alliance

Students participated in different activities near the cafeterias

Bread for the world promotes hunger awareness

Habitat for humanity fundraises with creativity


Editorial: SGB's board appointment raises questions

Letters to the Editor:

The sinfulness of homosexuality is up for debate!

Principles of oppression hurt society

Israel: Whose land is it anyway?

"Mi casa es su casa": My home is your home

One man's sorrow should not be another's joy.

Bensylvania by Ben Goldblatt

Play the NCAA Tournament contest to win money


Review of Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand

Hip-hopper KRS-One once again comes to Pitt


Pitt finishes at the Fieldhouse with firepower

Knight and Howland receive Big East honors


Jubilee Afrikana rocks the Hilton Hotel in Downtown

Only the right antidote can protect your life

There is evidence to support Christ's resurrection

Mannafest conference helps rock the Holiday Inn in Ohio

Some of God's Children choir rocks the William Pitt Union


Gospel revealed through semantics and word play

In remembrance of 'Good Friday', the top 25 student responses to 'Loving the world God...'

God's love is alphabetically revealed in random languages

Students reflect on the cross through poetry


Principles of oppression hurt society!

Lucas Blackwood

Pittsburgh Standard

Man is a proud beast; and it is in this pride that we can come to know the greatest of men, who have overcome great odds and accomplished great feats. In humble pride, that comes to be known to man but to be honor, man has established civilizations and institutions that have come to regulate and govern the people and their society.  In this pride, we mark our accomplishments and marvel at what we are able to achieve. Yet in this pride, we also come to know our folly, for we are witched by our arrogance.

Man, unlike beasts of nature (animals, plants, birds, fish, etc…), tests the limits and boundaries of things seen and unseen, known and unknown. We strive to command the elements, to dominate and control our means to an end. To put it simply, we long to be masters of our own fate, to manifest those social conventions that we as a people envision to be our way of life.

To be proud is not inherently wrong.  To have a sense of accomplishment, to have an ancestry of people who have achieved social, economical, and political status is not a sin.  However, when one people attempts to subjugate another people of another citizenship becoming the tyrants and overlords of another people, then such prideful actions come to breach that fine line where democracy and tyranny come to be set apart. Whether such an act is achieved through economical, political, or religious means, it matters not. It is an act of oppression, bordering on imperialism, in which acts of war are committed to force submission of a people.  Whatever means is used to subdue a people, it is an act of subjugation.

Since man has been able to organize and act collectively to achieve common goals that come to benefit the community and those individuals within that community, such acts of subjugation have denoted man.  In war, the victors take the spoils and divide it among their warriors.  They set the terms of surrender, and they write the history. 

Carl von Clausewitz remarks war to be “an act of violence intended to compel our opponent to fulfill our will.” He taught as well that each  state was in a constant state of contention, and when acts of war are no longer being used to fulfill the political objectives, then the political arena becomes the field of war. 

Machiavelli puts it in laymen’s terms, “There are those who rule and those who are ruled.”

The Greeks believed if you had a piece of gold in your soul, you were born to be a king; a piece of silver, nobility; a piece of lead, a peasant. Throughout the history of man, social and political classes have established bloodlines of nobility.

In the Middle Ages, in India, and in China, caste classes distinguished who was of noble birth and who was common blood.

Man, in his self-serving nature, longs to master his fate and fates of men who shall come to serve his purpose. Joseph’s brothers sold him to the slave traders. In Africa, one tribe sold out the other to get their land. Repeatedly throughout the history of man, brother has sold brother and sister has betrayed sister.  We as humans love to be served, and even in religion we try to get God to serve us, rather than us serving Him. We create reasons to hate, to war, and to create political and social strife. 

In the Matrix, Agent Smith tells Morphous, “We tried to make your planet perfect, everybody happy, but you all went and committed suicide on us.  Instead we made it into this, where you are miserable. You love your misery, your pain.”

 In other words, “You love to hate, to war, to know pain, to be miserable.”  Yet Agent Smith made one point, “The problem was that every time we tried to make your world perfect, it was not your world, but our world; and therein lies the problem.”  The world of the machines conflicted with the wants, needs, and desires of the humans. So it is with man and society and its people. One people tries to inflict their perceptions on another; and we attempt this socially, politically, and within the realms of religious truths.

These are the underlying seeds that come to blossom into hatreds that come to scorn our youth and their innocence. Though people are creatures of reason and intellect, we in spirit are still primal beasts in nature.  We hunger to control, to be the dominating alpha male of the pack, and we look to the outward appearance, rather than those philosophies that come to govern our means of reason.  We look to the skin, the race, and the creed of a people.  We begin to hate the difference that is readily apparent, rather than the social logistics that come to conflict with our own. When the European people first set foot on American  soil, they thought the natives of the land were devils because in some of the tribes the child took on the name of the mother, the tee-pee was the rightful property of the woman, and she could divorce her husband and throw him out. They were half-naked to the European standards, and they were nomadic for the most part. The Native Americans’ way of life was by no means comparable to their own; plus the Europeans wanted what was the Native American’s, the land and its natural resources.  

It is a human thing, not an issue of race. If we were all one race, one religion, one creed, one sex, we being human beings would find some reason to elevate ourselves above another people. We would find a reason to hate, to look down upon another people.  If there is a black male who has dark skin and a black male with lighter, the one with the darker skin might think less of the black male with lighter skin because he is not as black as he is.  One family comes to hate another family but for the name that they come to bear. The Capulets and the Montagues of Romeo and Juliet is an example, in which Romeo states, “What is in a name, is not a rose a rose by any other name?” It is in these perceived differences that prejudice comes to prick winds of hatred that comes to tear apart the human race.

Prejudice, or racism is a thing that is sparked by an event or a series of events.  I was talking with a black gentleman from an island, I do not remember which one, but he made an interesting statement.  He told that he was glad that he was not a black American  male. I asked him why? I will not go into the details, but the conclusion of the 45 minute conversation was this: “It takes a historical moment to plant that seed of oppression, and it takes the oppressor and the oppressed to continue the cycle. The oppressor likes it because it is an easy cycle to keep going. Just give it a nudge and it will go on and propel itself. The oppressed adopts it because there is nothing any human being likes better than being able to point a finger and say, ‘It’s your fault!  You did this to me, and my people!  You won’t give me a chance to succeed!’”

I do not deny that there are bigots out there, nor that one people has not taken advantage of another and looks at them as less than human or not their equal based alone on their race and social status.  Yes, many people have violated other people and their natural rights and liberties. I honestly do not think there has not been a time in man’s history when  one people were not forced into submission of another people by  one method or another. That was offered in the opening of the article.  It is not a matter of race, creed, or sex, it is a human thing to look at another human being and think, “Well at least I am not as bad as he is.” Or to think, “They should follow my way of life. It would be so much better for them.”  When in truth one is thinking of the benefits that he, and perhaps his people, will come to reap. 

Power is man’s personal devil, and it comes to haunt him like a bad nightmare. It comes to manifest itself in many ways, politically, in religious strife, social classes, and in prejudice.

There is not an easy answer to any of these issues that I have raised into question. Those in power make the policies; those who are governed by their authority either allow them to be in power or tolerate it such as it is.  Ideally, we might sit down at a table and check off the wrongs that have been committed and say, “Yeah, we screwed up here, here, and here, and that was wrong.” And then let it go there.  We might learn from our mistakes and try not to repeat them; forgive, but don’t forget; learn, but do not hate; let it be a thing of the past, and live today as a new beginning.  But we being human cannot and will not do that. We remember, and we hate; and we forget that it is today in this hour that we have to make a difference and let the past be the past and live today for tomorrow.

“The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one. We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of their labor.  Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name –liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by  the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names—liberty and tyranny.”

                       President Abraham Lincoln,

April 18, 1864  


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