Grateful is the noun that comes to mind when I think of the manner in which our parents, instructors and church leaders taught us, as young people of the community, to recognize “truth” for what it is, and how to use truth to make decisions based on realistic facts — no matter how ugly or pretty.
My generation, and others before, grew up in a world of inequality based on racial hatred and segregation. It was so systemic many individuals thought it was supposed to be that way. However, we were taught to face our situation head on, and as we did, we made progress slowly, but surely. We worked and survived the horrors of the Jim Crow era.
Forward to the 21st century and the era of President Donald Trump and his followers, we find ourselves looking at inequality, bigotry and racism in the face daily yet again. When one speaks out against it, one is accused of “race baiting.”
Racism has always been alive and well in America; although not as blatantly shown since the Jim Crow era, until the president’s campaign in 2015-’16. America has now become very polarized, overtly racist and bitter.
In the face of all of this, I have to believe there are still good Americans, of every description, who wish to make America peaceful again. I agree with Joe Scarborough, of the Morning Joe TV Show, when he stated that, “Evangelical Christians of today should read the 25th chapter of Matthew; commonly known as the Beatitudes.”
In my opinion, if they are believers, they know that disrespect, as shown by President Trump, to the widow of a fallen master sergeant in the military, just would not be acceptable.
This president is a man who secured five deferments during the Vietnam War. He never served, yet, has the unmitigated gall to disrespect those who did, including Sen. John McCain. How hypocritical is he and those who assist him with clapping for himself?
Thanks to President Trump, a simple protest by some National Football League players has been taken out of context. The protesters simply took a knee during the playing of the national anthem as a protest against the taking of lives of black men by acts of violence across America with no one being held legally accountable.
Trump decided that the protest was against a symbol (the flag) and our veterans, who fought with countless numbers dying for the freedom to kneel, if chosen.
Trump is an expert with interjecting his racist thoughts when he knows his followers are going to assist him with his hand claps for himself. America! Wake up! Our First, 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments are being undermined by the same people that support the Second Amendment.