Category Archives: As A People

unity and moving forward together as one

We Are All Americans

On this 4th of July I’m thankful that I live in a country, despite some of the on-going issues the small minded continue to perpetrate, that has allowed me the freedom to call friend individuals of different ethnic, racial, religious, sexual orientation and economic backgrounds. We all come from different places but we are all American and each of them has helped me grow as a person and America as a country.

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The Idea of America

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.

New Year New Possibilities

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.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Misinformation = Division

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. –

Never Forget – Our Four Little Girls

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.

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Heroes rush in

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.

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