Take a second today to place your hand over your heart and recite a pledge that would truly make America great
I pledge allegiance to the idea that is the United States of America, one people united under the banner of humanity, indivisible regardless of race, religion, gender, economic status and sexual orientation, with liberty and justice for all.
To all my family and friends as the final hours on 2016 rapidly approaches lets allow ourselves one last look back to mourn what was lost but also rejoice at what was gained. But take only a moment because life is a journey and with each new year new possibilities await us. 2017 is but a blank canvas awaiting our paintbrushes to graze it and bring it to life. So at midnight let our mind run free, let our dreams be out guide. No rules, no boundaries on what can be. Only what our minds may think and where our dreams dare say we can go.
There is a reason they disparage those who educate our youth, mock those who embrace intelligence and make higher education unaffordable to the masses. It is to ensure we remain easily mislead. It is to ensure that misinformation remains a way of life because
Misinformation leads to ignorance
Ignorance leads to fear
Fear leads to isolation
Isolation leads to mistrust
Mistrust leads to intolerance
Intolerance leads to hate
Hate leads to division
And division ensures we that we never band together as one but continue to fight each other over the crumbs they toss us. It is to ensure we remain victims. It is to ensure their way of life.
– Matthew 12:25 New King James Version (NKJV)
But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. –
Four days ago we remembered and honored the men and women who lost their lives in a callous and evil terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. One of the mantras of the day was never forget. Why do we remember such sorrowful moments? Because it is part of our history, the events of that day while tragic will forever play a role in who we are today. But it is also so we remember the past so that history does not repeat its mistakes. Fifty three years ago today another horrific terrorist attack shook the very foundation of this nation when on the morning of September 15, 1963 an explosion ripped through the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Four little girls, Addie Mae Collins (age 14), Carol Denise McNair (age 11), Carole Robertson (age 14), and Cynthia Wesley (age 14), were killed in the attack. Like 9/11 we must never forget our four little girls taken from us, simply because of the color of the skin, before they had a chance to live their lives. While it is true in the subsequent 53 years since that tragic Sunday we have as a nation made many strides, so much so that 45 years after Governor George Wallace who just one week before the bombing had stoked the fire of racisms and hatred when he said in a New York Times interview, he believed Alabama needed a “few first-class funerals” to stop racial integration we elected our nation’s first African American President. But there can be no denying we have a long road still ahead. It was only little over a year ago that Dylann Roof walked into the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina and killed 9 people. His motivation? His support of racial segregation in the United States and his intended to start a civil war. Today the NYT released a poll that showed that Donald Trump was in a virtual tie with Hilary Clinton. This is a candidate who has run the most racially divisive presidential campaign in recent history. Whose campaign rallies routinely have supporters who spew racial expletives while wrapping themselves in the American flag. Yes we’ve come along way since that Sunday in 1963 but we still have a long way to go and that’s why we must never forget September 15, 1963 and our four little girls.
It has been said “Heroes are made by the path they choose, not the power they are graced with.” On September 11, 2001 thousands of NYC first responders choose to rush into the danger others were fleeing, many did not come back. We remember them today along with the thousands of innocent souls they were rushing in to save, all taken from us far to soon by hatred and evil. Let us pray that one day we come together as human beings so that we never know the sorrow of that day again.
They come in all guises politicians, businessmen, celebrities, and yes even religious leaders. They say they care about you, that they want to bring healing to the masses. But in reality all they are looking too do is to deceive and separate. They do it to expand their own power and their own wealth. They do it at the expense of the same people they claim to care about and in these difficult times it is becoming increasingly easy for them to achieve their goals. Blessed with a silver tongue they prey on fears. They repeat something as fact over and over again without any collaborating evidence and to those who are struggling, grasping at straws for anything to hold on to it soon becomes fact. They use the fears of those who feel their voice has never been or is no longer being heard. They prey on this not to help bring the masses together, not to help uplift society but rather to increase their own power.
Fortunately history has shown us time and time again that their success will be fleeting. They may garner fame and accumulate wealth in the short-term but as the bible verse says their empire is built not on the rock but on sand and when the rains fall and the winds blow their empire will be swallowed up by that same sand on which it was built.