This country was founded with a festering hypocrisy at its core. On one hand we gave voice to the ideology that all men were created equal while, at the very same time, allowing slavery to exist. We fought the American Revolution for freedom, while at the very same time denying those freedoms to another group of people. The road to black freedom in this country was a long, bitter and painful journey. Regardless, the journey was taken and freedom ultimately secured.
This journey had many significant moments and was the culmination of the efforts of many individuals. The greatest of these was the last, Martin Luther King. A man, yes only a man, who led the final conflict, without guns, to what became the 1964 Civil Rights Act. A man who had the wisdom to look into the future and see that true equality would arrive when we judged by virtue of a person's character (spirit) rather than the color of his skin.
His journey secured a commitment from a government to enforce the laws and principles in the founding documents and, for the first time, that government set to do precisely that. The journey did not start easily. There was much fear on both sides of the equation - white and black. The force and power of government was brought to bear upon those elements that did not want change or see the need for it. Christians who, on Sunday, would praise the ecumenical nature of God were willing to forget those praises on Monday. The start was a slow one, yet, it endured and now thirty-six years later a different reality has spawned.
When I was a child, the word nigger was thrown around without much thought. Today, you rarely hear it - even in white conversation. Further, most whites don't even think it. In Florida, fifteen percent of the population is black yet over thirty percent of college enrollment is of that race. The government, at its very levels, is the number one employer of blacks. Black income is now very close to that of whites for the first time in history. You may say this was a black journey. It was not. It was a dual journey. One that evolved day by day, year by year. Slowly the attitudes and mindsets of white America changed and grew to be greater and better than once they were.
Government sought to correct past injustice by creating a new level
of anti white injustice. Even so, many whites said quietly to themselves,
'these people have suffered and its only right that we endure a season
to set things to right'. Blacks were given preferential treatment in jobs
that denied qualified whites a way to earn their livings.
They were given the ability to get professional education's bumping whites who were better qualified. Blacks had easy access to student loans and government money while many whites were denied these resources. A season came and went and soon it became many seasons. The issue no longer was a question of righting past wrongs and making Martin Luther King's dream of equal opportunity become a reality. It went past that and became only an issue of power.
During the thirty-six years that taxes were steadily increased to pay for the social experimentation's, mostly at white expense, power bases centered on race were established. The Democratic Party saw well that black votes could be bought in direct proportion to the amount of confiscated resources allocated to that race. No greater evidence of this fact need be sought than the results of the last presidential election where blacks voted over 90% of the Democratic ticket. Oddly enough, many blacks choose to ignore the fact that Emancipation Proclamation was signed and enacted by a Republican, Abraham Lincoln.
Unfortunately, during these thirty-six years, great harm was done to the black populations by some who truly sought to help and by others who sought to control blacks by keeping control of the moneys allocated to them based on race. Regardless of the intents of the givers, the gifts ultimately became destructive. Inexpensive public housing, built primarily for poor blacks, became centers of crime. The rate of illegitimate births was/is higher for blacks than for any other racial group. A welfare society and mentality of dependency was created wherein blacks looked for hand-outs from the government rather than to explore the opportunities of freedom envisioned by Martin Luther King. With welfare as the new man of the house, and mother's day arriving once a month, black men were given license to be irresponsible and black women indiscreet in their sexual affairs. Both abandoned morality for the passion of a moment knowing the consequences of those poor decisions would be paid for by others who did behave responsibly. What began as a well intended recompense for past injustice and inequity was mutated into a tool that ultimately set to destroy black families.
Black Radio show host Ken Hamblin once said that white America had
to stop loving black people. "You're loving us to death". He referenced
that unearned aggrandizements were, and had, destroyed the very fabric
of what was once a very moral and noble race of people. Even during the
many years of poverty and poor circumstances they maintained their integrity.
Since 1964, that integrity was put on the action block, for sale to the
Of course, the so called 'Black Leaders', the black elite, point a finger and call Mr. Hamblin an Oreo or an Uncle Tom. Such is the price he pays for telling the truth. Even so, many more black voices are rising and saying, 'These so called leaders don't speak for me'.
Black America, say 'Thank You'. This journey is accomplished.
Today, black and white stand nearly on an equal footing. Why have you not
thanked your white brothers for his efforts at changing an ingrained and
unjust mindset over these last thirty-six years? He gave, he sacrificed
and, many times, he went without so you could have.
Is it not appropriate to say, 'Thank You'?
The time is upon us were we can not indulge the politics of racial divisions. You can not be Black-Americans, you can not be Asian-Americans, you can not be Anglo-Americans, you can not be Hispanic-Americans, nor can you indulge the hyphenated American mindset regardless of where you spawned from on this planet. We are all in the same boat together - WE ARE ALL AMERICANS. No more and no less than the other.
Our Father in His Heaven doesn't care less if you are pink with purple polka dots. Our souls were all made in His image - not this skin suit we momentarily occupy. Is it not reasonable that we endeavor to adopt Father's view and to BE one with Father in His views of our own brother's and sister's?
These are the end times. Shall you, as a black, stand judgment for
black prejudice? Is it not a hypocrisy to hate others for being white JUST
AS MUCH as it was for them to have hated you? Are you become the New Bigots?
Hatred because of color is evil - was - is - and always will be. We are all one in Our Father. It is time for all of us to perform an accounting of what we really are and whom we serve.