In my lifetime I have witnessed and experienced many things which the average individual
may or may not. My earliest memories are filled with travel, love songs, ballads and
exposure to many cultures and various races all successfully breaking down color barriers.
I have experienced love, peace and over-comers challenged by obstacles such as
prejudice and inequality for people of color (and gender). And been the recipient of hate.
At a half century old I see things have changed radically with the use of social media.
Television has expanded to pre-recorded video and digital media and music from ear to vinyl,
tape, disc, memory stick and jump drive. (And oh so much more, but that I’ll leave for another time)
I have witnessed a melting pot of culture, race and creed in my community and even in my
personal life where anyone of any station in any division have walked through my doors.
Today I witnessed a meme (which is a cartoon or photo with a caption strategically
printed and placed to stimulate response/reaction oft a social shocker) shared on social media.
In which is presents a white male climbing on the back of a black male who is shackled at the
ankle with a ball and chain and somewhere in the meme it is denounces that reverse racism exists.
This meme has been posted by a female in her fifties. She having been born and
reared during the civil rights movement at a time of great passion and fellowship.
Neither she nor myself having witnessed the shackled black man and yet here it is 2014
and still she like other fallen soldiers reaches into the past to stir up what those before
her put under.
My uncle a white man was born with an ability to totally recall everything he encountered.
His ability to assimilate information was super human. When he married my auntie a black woman
it was because she was gorgeous, talented, funny and touched him in his soul like no ones business.
I’ve heard commentary from his children (my cousins) some recount memories fondly and others
not so fondly but for me, I have only vague memories of him and a great respect for the love
he shared with my auntie.
I love that he with my auntie took the bull by the horns and handled their convictions
with vigor and grace. You cannot deny what God forges no matter how hard you try.
A romance that breaks all barriers both with limitless human abilities and my cousins
the recipients of such a union. I love how the choices my uncle and auntie set opened my eyes
to the possibilities and that my parents encouraged it.
I don’t know how either my uncle or auntie would be reacting to all the color stats on violence or in how
the police are becoming universal bullies, real flesh and blood drones similar to those in days gone by.
But they sought peace for humans. They broke down barriers in the human race. What a shame to simply
brush aside the works of our forefathers(mothers) and succumb to the hate baiters, the breeders of
contempt. And destroy what has already been built. Its like reinventing the wheel, duh?!
Don’t be a reason the writing on the wall is the same as it was in the days before that of
Abraham Lincoln and Harriet Tubman and Wellfleet Davis clan (<<<<put your Clan name here).
Please join your faith with mine that as a people (human race) we sow LOVE:
"The Greatest Gift
13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love,
I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge,
and though I have all faith,
so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,
but have not love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;
6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues,
they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child;
but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face.
Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love."
~ 1Corinthians 1-13