Does Phil Vischer (VeggieTales) Actually Care About Injustice?
Phil Vischer (creator of VeggieTales) burst onto the scene of Christian political discourse awhile back, with a viral video exploring historical disparities facing black people in the United States.
Vischer concluded his video with a dramatic sigh. He did not claim to know the solution to the problems black people face. But he was just asking us to care.
His video was correct in naming disparities that suggest problems. On aggregate, black people in the US have much lower household wealth than whites or other racial groups, and a much higher chance of spending time in prison. Black people have historically faced unequal laws and rules, as well as terrible abuse tracing to the time of Jim Crow laws and chattel slavery.
Yet, it is hard to believe that Phil Vischer himself cares about the problems black people face. If he did, then he would have the courage to seek out and identify specific ways to address these problems.
Vischer’s video gives no indication of a solution. In fact, his video comes across only as an accusation:
If you didn’t already know all the things Phil Vischer knows, and if you were not already emotionally invested in solving these problems, then you have no heart. We could have solved these problems by now if you cared. But you don’t.
In the time that has passed since that video went viral, Phil Vischer has become more open about his Leftist political values. Many understood what he was doing right away. They said so. Phil Vischer was painting Christian conservatives as uncaring and ignorant in order to lay the groundwork for advocating Leftist social programs.
Phil Vischer was actually perpetrating a triple fraud.
His goals were subversive. His methods of arguing were worse. And his overall strategy was designed to smear the innocent.
First, Phil Vischer named facts that Christian conservatives already DO know about, and already DO have a plan to address.
Then he implied that conservatives were in the dark, and that they ought to be totally surprised by what he was saying (there is nothing so ignorant, and yet so conceited, as a Leftist who is talking down to the common folk.)
And then, to accomplish the triple smear, Phil Vischer responded to the critics of his video by acting simply SHOCKED. How could these middle-class white conservative Christians become SO UPSET? All I did was ask them to care!
We have words for this kind of behavior.
Dissembling. Kafka trapping.
If the Devil were to deprive the Leftists of his bag of cheap rhetoric and deceit, they would be struck totally dumb. They know of nothing else.
Those who actually care about the wellbeing of other people will be eager to move the discussion from the topic of statistics to the topic of specific solutions.
If you are a conservative, the facts are on your side, and you have the moral high ground. It is time to start acting like it.
One of the first things you can do is to point out the dishonest methods of men like Phil Vischer.