Blog 1914 – 12.21.2020
The Other Side
The Other Side
Ugly as outward and overt discrimination is the hidden and systemic strand is far more prevalent and deadly. Doctor Martin Luther King Junior’s dream has yet to be realized and until it is fully and that of the LGBTQ community and women in general for equal treatment, equal pay, and equal opportunity we still have to work and harder toward that more perfect union that the framers of our constitution envisioned. That our political conversation is still more about urban versus rural, small population states versus large, coasts versus middle states, speaks volumes to the efforts made to distract us from our real problem of understanding who We The People really are.
When I was a boy in Sunday school we sang, “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red, and yellow, black, and white, they are precious in his sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.”
Some years later someone added “brown” to the colors listed. Many churches that still teach children to sing that song do not welcome children of all colors as Jesus does in the pictures hanging on Sunday school class walls. Week days many of those churches are private schools that were founded in large part to keep children with faces of different colors apart. Perpetuating the divide makes it ever hard for us to see the other side.
Someone has said that true wisdom is holding two opposing thoughts in our mind at the the time. Our insistence on being left or right, on being always progressive or conservative does not insure our own happiness nor that of others. Love has no particular party, creed, color, or sexual preference. Love does not discriminate nor should We The People.
One of the first big cities founded in this country was Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love. It is where the term We The People was first written large. Always a handful of people have taken credit for this great nation but always it has been all of her diverse people who made her great and continue to. We have a long way to go, but together we can make her all she was meant to be for one and for all, not white again, not great again, but one nation indivisible with Liberty and Justice for all.
Your friend and fellow traveler,