Descend from those who Ascend for Uncle and Auntie…

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
Selah~

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A voice crying out in the wilderness…

If you have opportunity to be that voice, take it. A Non biased voice of reason seeking peace and harmony
is just what our society needs right about now.

I know an individual who is a guest writer for a well read newspaper.
With an opportunity to make a positive impact on not only their community but even readers from
(thanks to the internet) all over the world.
For the most part I do believe this writer has done so above and beyond but then:

A couple of years ago I noticed a change in the tone of their contributions to the paper and
have had grave concern for this writer as well as the impact their words have and continue to
have on its audience.

Based on recent responses to their input regarding color crimes such as white on black and
black on white their opinion has become colored with defense for one color over the other and
is no longer insightful but incite-ful.

Protected under the freedom of speech act, this contributor could do a world of good by
remaining non biased in supporting the success of the human race as a whole and not one
color over the other.

Recently, they shared a copy of some of what a reader had to say regarding their now biased
commentary of color crimes and its outcome:

“Sharing an email I received after the Ferguson verdict :
Maybe now you get it when I say “clean up your act”.
There is no defense, none whatsoever, for what happened in Ferguson last night.
Everyone knew what was going to happen since the black community would
settle for no decision other than the one they wanted, even if there was
no justification for it. Yes, I am sure there were some whites involved
also, but led by the black community. Protest, but loot, burn, etc., never.
You should be ashamed, but I know you are not. You will always make up
an excuse for the actions of the black community. There is NO excuse !!
If I had been one of those shop owners, I would have been fully armed.
No matter your color, black, white, yellow, you would have been blown to
bits if you tried to loot my shop. In summation, a total disgrace.
I am not interested in a response from you because it will make me
vomit. Supposed leaders like you need to start leading, instead of
alibiing, but you won’t. I hope you are very proud !!!

Comments?”

I don’t know what changed the non biased slant of reporting from this guest columnist but I can say this,
the writer of the now incite-ful column has a loaded gun and is using it freely due to the laws which govern
the freedom of speech. I say if you have an opportunity to make an impact do so with great conviction but
without harming one race or the other. If you have an outlet which can go global use it for the benefit of
ALL human race. Knowing some of the guest columnists history I can say this:

“You are neither white, nor black but both and quite honestly you cannot play the “mixed” card
either because at this stage of the game WE (humans) are all mixed. When I read your readers response
my initial reaction is this is a reader who believes you have power (and I agree with such a large following nationally and globally) and could use your contribution to make a positive impact on the community
but you didn’t. You fed into the race carnage your personal take on things continuing to stir the pot.

Can I just say from my perspective you fail as a voice crying out in the wilderness because
you choose one race over the other. Regardless of color you disgrace yourself and the position you
have to create a better unity with the words you weave and put out there each and every time you
submit an article. The reader has every reason to be outraged and feel the futility of the
‘battle of the races’ they are forced to live with because of influence like yours and anyone
else who has a voice and uses it to do harm and not good.

We cannot pick and choose in these matters, the human race depends on those who will
stand strong and firm and when you choose to push one race off as more abusive than the other
then it becomes an epic fail.

I say be responsible with your opportunity. Fight for a cause for all the right reasons
and not just because the black or white in you requires it. As forerunners, I know the choice your
parents made when they decided to marry one race to the other and I am certain you have felt the brunt
of their choice but you do neither their memory nor the sacrifices made to avoid prosecution for
marrying outside their race by inciting hate amongst the twain. Its like taking a bat to yourself
because you are white and black, you cannot accept one without the other and trying to do so will
only cause harm as is the case with your contributions regarding the color issue in our country.
My uncle and your mother set an example for us, we are the pillars of truth against the divide
of color and our ancestors proved it in their actions. So let our actions continue to do so.

From my perspective and obviously from that of the writer who has been accused of vitriolic response to
your actions is not only bold but well served. Your writer is holding you accountable.
And your response is to belittle, berate and laugh in the face of the “crazy white man”
who called you out on your part in stirring up controversy. You have a responsibility
to distribute non biased information, to build up the community and not divide.
And in recent months you have failed to do so.
May I suggest you retire your pen for a hiatus from the causes you hold so closely and get back to
basics with your maker because your influence is slipping right into the gutter with all the
other well meaning voices out there who have lost their ability to see outside the color box?

In days gone by I perceived your goal to accomplish peace and harmony amongst the people just as
Martin Luther King Jr did but more recently you have taken up the mantle of Malcom X and his heated
hate filled speeches from the 1960s which encourage hate for whites and continued disgrace for
blacks. In these matters, you have to choose the human race which is not black nor white.

“The voice of one crying in the wilderness,
Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”
~Mark 1:3