I’ve been trying so hard to see the world in a different light. Am I being real with myself? Is it even possible to “think different” in these times? I know there are organizations here in this country who are doing some real good in the world, but I don’t hear it in the news. Or is it that I am not listening? Can it be that I am looking for what I want to hear, which is what?
I am concerned with the direction the world is dangerously taking, something I can’t ignore. Deep inside my heart I fear how my own homeland might destroy itself and take the whole world with it. How could one man, one presidential candidate who now occupies that office, resurrect what many of us believed to be in the past? Can he really delete the accomplishments of one black president? Will we let him erase what one black first lady achieved? Why should our mistakes overshadow the good my fellow countrymen and women have done in science and philanthropy, and among other areas of life?
Our mistakes? There are things in our American history that the white man has done. And I suppose the white woman is partially to blame as she passively looked on while the wicked deeds were being carried out. Is that a fair statement about the women of those times? Back then they didn’t have the rights or the power that the men had. And they weren’t the ones who instigated what the white man did. So I suppose not. Yet ever since slavery, racism has been gender neutral.
In the beginning, the white man came to the “new world” to claim it as his own. But the indigenous people were already here. They were living their lives while the white man called them savages. Or were the savages really the white men themselves? Correct me if anything I say here is inaccurate. I am afraid my understanding of history has dimmed a bit. Yeah, I could google it, but right now my heart is hurting and I just don’t have the energy to do so. So if I am mistaken in any way, feel free to call me out on it. Wouldn’t it be nice to hear that my understanding of what I think the white man has done is totally wrong?
Years later, the white man went to Africa and kidnapped a huge number of its people. They lost everything. Blacks had no rights where they were going. Many died on the way to the land they would have been forced to till. Those who survived the voyage to America suffered their way to freedom. But it took many, many years for that to happen. Even after they were freed, it took many more years to get to where they are today. Yet as of this writing, the blacks continue to fight for their rights and respect. But they are not alone! They are us! We are them. The majority of us care about the welfare of the blacks. And we care about those who were here before us.
How do we as a people overcome what is happening now? The liberals vs the conservatives? What ever happened to common sense? Can’t people respect the personal boundaries of others? Why not come together for the common good? In my opinion, the white men of any kind of power here in our country ought to acknowledge the wrong that has been done to these races and get over themselves.
I’m sorry. That was a statement made in anger. This isn’t about all white men. The majority of you guys I do believe are terrific. So if you are one of the white guys who are contributing to the good of the country and to the human race, that is just great. This is not about you at all. It’s about those white supremacist men of today who ought to bear the responsibility of the white men of long ago. The young can change. The old need to set things right.
The world in a different light? I’m still working on that. Care to join me?
Edit on January 27, 2018 — The internationally known spiritual leader and author, Marianne Williamson, recently visited Unity Church of Christianity here in Houston and asked white people to apologize for racism. What happens next is amazing. Read the emotionally charged article in the Houston Chronicle: #IApologize.