The first thing that Jennifer Daysa, pastor of the far-left Good Samaritan Church in St. Petersburg, Fla., needs to learn is the difference between fact and opinion. Since the distinction is taught in elementary school, one might expect she would have learned it.
But statements she made to reporters with station WTVT regarding a controversial sign outside her church suggests that if she did, the lesson never took. Here is the sign:
And here is what Daysa said in defense of it:
We really feel that white privilege and having a lot more advantage in our community is just a fact of reality and history. We think we need to work on that so we can be a more reconciled people among all groups. [Emphasis added]
White privilege is a liberal myth of recent coinage. It provides whites on the left an opportunity to engage in one of their favorites pastimes: white guilt.
What is a fact is that the sign has been a sore spot for some members of the community. Resident Mike Lawry is quoted as saying, “I don’t think it sends the right message especially for a church to have that up.” Another local, David Garman, said:
Everybody has rights no matter if you’re black or white, or Hispanic or anything. Everybody has basic human rights and we should all be guaranteed and we are all guaranteed under the Constitution. I don’t think there is a such thing as a white privilege.
Daysa is entitled to her opinions, which also include the belief that “those who are in positions of power and privilege have an obligation to lay down that power and work for a more just, equal society.” But she needs to realize that everyone shares that right — even those viewpoints contrary to her own.
The article ends with another Daysa quote:
We had a sign out there a few weeks ago over Martin Luther King week. It came directly from our national denomination who has a media campaign right now confronting white privilege and power, and the sign read: ‘White Privilege: If you can’t see it you’ve got it,’ And there were a number of people calling into the church calling us anti-racist [sic] and a disappointment to Martin Luther King Jr.
It sounds as though she didn’t learn from that experience either.