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racismNoToday we are a nation divided by race, probably more than ever before. I want to share some thoughts on this issue today. I wish we could be a nation that lived according to the biblical model. If we did we would not be a people divided by race.

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)

Let me remind you, we are all part of the human race. We are all God’s creation. Throughout history America has been plagued by the issue of racism.

The term “racism” was not coined until 1902 by Lieutenant Richard Pratt. The division of people by class: gender, nationality, religion, and ethnicity, has been a problem for many centuries and not just in America. It has been a part of the human condition through many civilizations.

COLONIAL AMERICA

The colonial Americans subjugation of the Native Americans. There was also black slavery. The first African slaves were enslaved by the Muslims and sold to the Europeans and colonials. It was not right for the colonials to be involved in slavery. However, it wasn’t until the white colonials felt enslaved to King George that they wished to be free of his Tyranny. It was only after this that they began to address some of these issues.

Thomas Jefferson, a slave owner himself, penned the words in the Declaration of Independence ““We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal…” It is true that when he wrote these words, he was a slave owner himself. There was a bit of hypocrisy and it wasn’t properly dealt with by our colonial leaders.

We have tried to address it, but each time we have been getting it wrong. Although we keep getting a little closer, it seems that we keep getting some things wrong. We did get it right when we put “all men are created equal” in the Declaration of Independence. It set us on a course that eventually led to the end of slavery in this nation.

The Colonials could only see what enslavement was like when they were recipients of oppression themselves. However, the Colonials could did not transfer their enlightenment to the Indians and Slaves they, themselves, were oppressing.

THE CONSTITUTION.   (1787 – Constitutional Convention)

When they were putting the Constitution together, we see that they didn’t understand it yet. There was an argument of counting slaves in the states population for representation in Congress or counting slaves as property for taxation. There was a compromise in which they decided to count the slaves as three fifths of a person. It is found in Article 1 – Section 2 – Paragraph 3.

Even though our Constitution is a great document, this is one part they didn’t get right. Because they did not find the solution and compromise was reached, it led to the Civil War.

What we should have learned is that the color of man’s skin is of no consequence, both spill the same color of blood – RED!!! We are part of the human race. As awful as the Civil War was, it did produce some good things. During the reconstruction amendments were passed.

  • 13th   SLAVERY WAS ABOLISHED!
  • 14th, – Provided Citizenship — Amended the 3/5 issue.
  • 15th – Rights to Vote.

But it did not fix the division, racism was still with us. Jim Crow laws were passed in the south and segregation put more oppression upon the black man.

CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

Finally a leader whom I admired in studying history, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., stood up. I want to quote part of his speech he gave from the Lincoln Memorial in our nation’s Capital on August 28: 1963:

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

This is what I thought the Civil Rights Movement was all about. When I came back to America after living in Europe I found out that this is not what the Civil Rights movement had accomplished.

In that same speech, Dr. King referenced that passage written by Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

I hope that this dream will one day become reality because I share the same dream.

RESULT

The result of the Civil Rights Movement was that America was moved. We made efforts to change and to correct our errors. New laws were  passed. Segregation Laws were abolished and anti-discrimination laws were adopted. Affirmative action was enacted, but not without creating new problems.

OVER-CORRECTION

Years ago, when I was in college, I saw a car start to go off the road. Maybe the driver had dosed off, and when he saw he was going off the road, he tried to correct his course. He over corrected and his car went into the oncoming traffic. He was hit by a semi, I’ll never forget it.

I believe we have over-corrected with some of our laws. Instead of making laws that treat all men equal, these laws give favoritism to some, but not to all.

I will concede that there was a time when affirmative action may have been needed to create an equal playing field. However, we have to stop pretending that our laws offer equality, and that all men are equal, when we have laws that benefit only a few and prohibit others, even if the intent was good.

We must also remember that everyone is not equal in talent, but everyone should be equal in opportunity. Dr. Ben Carson is a tremendous example that shows people can climb out of their circumstances and make something of themselves if they are willing to make the effort. Opportunities are there no matter what color one’s skin is.

We must admit that are anti-discrimination laws are discriminating by their very nature. They must be done away with if we are going to overcome the racial division in our country.

All LIVES MATTER

Let me say this clearly, All Lives Matter! We need to end racism now! Racism is alive and strong in America today. We have two new players.  It used to be that racism was mostly on the part of whites. The new sources are blacks through groups like Black Lives Matter. Those we say that black lives matter, and get upset when we say all lives mater, are truly racists. To them, it is not acceptable for us to say all lives matter. It is wrong for whites to be racist, and it is equally wrong for blacks to be racist.

The other new player comes from a religion named Islam. Islam has a doctrine, and Muhammad made it clear that he was commanded by Allah to fight all who would not accept him as Allah’s prophet. He gave this same command to the faithful Muslims to rid the world of the filth, the Kafr, if they would not turn to Islam or submit to Dhemmitude. Muhammad’s teaching is very similar to that of Hitler who commanded the subjugation and killing of all others to establish power for the Aryan race.

FUNNY!!!  It is not even really about RACE

It is not a person’s race that makes them poor. We find poverty among whites and blacks, and the reason is not their genetics or the amount of Melanin in their skin. Likewise, crime has nothing to do with ones skin color. It has more to do with their culture. we have a “us” verses “them” culture in America. This is what is dividing America. It is time we put an end to this divided culture.

We must stand for equality. I am calling upon people to join me in saying we must end all racism now. Join me with Dr. King in saying:

that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

We must be resolved to respect one another no matter what their color may be. This does not mean we condone everything and tolerate all things, but we don’t prejudice our minds against one another based upon their skin color. Instead we must build a united America – not a divided America that is hyphenated – African America, Mexican American, European American.

Remember – We are all God’s creatures – we are part of the Human Race.

 

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