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Are we afraid or are we fearless

Are we afraid or are we fearless

Are we afraid to admit that we’re Americans and with that comes not only all the good this country brings but the sins of our past, the blood of a uncounted indigenous people, the subjugation of the African American, the continued social injustice faced by people of color to this day.

Are we afraid to confront those sins so we can begin a dialogue in which different cultures, religions and races listen to and work together to make things better tomorrow then they are today.

Are we afraid to make our voices heard through non violent resistance/protest because it would make people who have a differing belief uncomfortable and lash out with at us moral outrage when their value is transgressed even slightly.

Or are we fearless enough to say enough. Fearless enough to say today we confront our past sins. Today we accept that yes there are social injustices in society. Today we reject those who even tough it’s blatantly obvious that if it is wrong would have us accept the status quo. Today we begin to respect each other regardless of race, religion, culture, gender, sexual orientation or other differences. Today we begin the process of working to make our country live up to its unlimited promise. Today we begin to heal.

I choose to be fearless what about you

 

 

The Growth of the Deceitful

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.

A Dollar and a Dream

I saw a statistic that 1 Billion People used Facebook today, meaning that one out of every seven people on the planet today used Facebook. One out of every seven humans! That is indeed an impressive statistic except when you relate it to hunger, then it’s a sobering statistic at best. Sobering because tonight one out of every seven people in the world will go to bed hungry.

According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, created by the United Nations in 1948 to provide a global understanding of how to treat individuals. We have 30 basic human rights. Article 25 states:

Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the one billion people who used Facebook today, myself included, gave just one dollar to help feed the hungry, to make Article 25 a reality.

Think about it a single dollar, less than your daily paper or morning cup of coffee. A small contribution but a contribution that would help someone go to bed tonight with a little something in their belly.

Wouldn’t that make us a better world?

Yeah that would make us a better world.

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Perception is rarely Reality.

“Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.” – Carol Moseley-Braun

In the world we live in perception often trumps reality and it is those who control that perception who usually benefit the most.

Sadly in America there are still those today who gain politically and monetarily from pushing forth an agenda of division, hate, and racism. While they can no longer be as overt as they were in the past they have become masters of subliminal messaging. Whether it is through the use of buzz words, advertising, imaging, or manipulation of the news they tilt the message to scare those who are gullible or those who simply know no better. They do this keep their pockets lined and the message of hate alive.  It is these individuals who will show you images of young African American men engaged in acts of violence to try to scare you into believing we’re all animals.  It is these individuals who will tell you lies about and repeat over and over how President Obama’s presidency is a failure to downplay his many accomplishments.

But for these individuals who preach hate and racism. Who would still see this country divided. Here’s what they’re really afraid of

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The image of young educated black men rallying around a strong, educated, successful black man of color who they wish to emulate.

Yes perception can often trump reality but when as a people we understand that some are trying to control the perception so that that they can control us. However no matter how much they try to control the narrative if we educate ourselves, open our minds to the concept of unity and our hearts to the concept of love we will render them meaningless and in doing so take the next step in our evolution and be a better people for it.

E-Mail from on high

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If we could get an e-mail from on high today I imagine it would read something like this

There has been some confusion of late so I just wanted to check in to state what I thought with the intelligence I have blessed you with should be obvious but apparently is not.

If you would see a child, one of my most vulnerable, go to sleep hungry or without a roof over their head simply because they were born into poverty or on the wrong side of an imaginary line you have drawn in the earth you can not say you are one of my children.

If you would think to call yourself superior to another one simply because of the color of your skin, ethnic background, religious group or sexual orientation you can not say you are one of my children.

If you would protect the wealth of those with an abundance at the expense of providing the bare necessities to those without you can not say you are one of my children.

If you would look to harm or worst kill another using my name as your justification you can not say you are one of my children.

For it is only in the heart of my children that the concept of unconditional love and compassion resides.

I hope that has cleared it up you. You may carry on.

They are trying to change the narrative…Don’t let them

They are trying to change the narrative to marginalize the message and divide the masses don’t let them.

They will point to those killed in the line of duty as if we don’t care about their lives and those they leave behind. They will act is as if this is a game of one-upmanship. We certainly do and it is not.

They will point to the number of blacks killed by blacks and say we should be gravely concerned about that. They will say we should turn a blind eye to other injustices and concentrate on that problem and that problem alone because surely we can not focus on multiple issues at one time. We clearly are and we most definitely can.

They will say our protests are about hatred of the police and not with ensuring that justice is meted out equally and fairly for all people. But it never was about that and it most certainly is.

They will call those who speak out race baiters while it is they who try to divide by making this strictly an issue of black versus white all the while ignoring the rainbow of colors who stand for and cry out for justice.

They are trying to change the narrative to marginalize the message and divide the masses don’t let them.

Why Are The Humans Hungry?

Alien #1: Really, looking at the humans again? What’s so interesting this time?

Alien #2: Well if you must know there is a very intriguing event going on right now. Thousands of people in the country they call the United States of America are standing on-line for what in their measurement of time would be days for a communication device they refer to as an iPhone.

Alien #1: A communication device? I hardly would call it that. Really they can’t even make a simple phone call to their International space station and that thing is only in orbit around their planet.

Alien #2: Yes, yes we all know how you like to make fun of the human technology. However, what is interesting to me is that when scanning that particular country I see similar lines forming all the time for food.

Alien #1: Interesting, if I were to compare this to how things operate on our world I would assume that both their communication devices and their food sources are in short supply.

Alien #2: You would think that. But in neither case does that appear to be true. The demand for the communication device appears to be driven by the human’s desire to be part of a group. To be the first in that group to own something apparently increases what humans call their social status and that appears to be a big thing.

Alien #1: Intriguing, yet I’m still confused how does this fit in with their food supply?

Alien #2: In the case of their food supply it appears that it is not a desire to be part of a group or that it is in short supply in the United States. I found this article while scanning their internet.

Alien #1: Their internet I would…

Alien #2: Stop it. We all know you would hardly call it an internet. Never the less I found this regarding their food supply. As much as 40% of food goes uneaten in the U.S., according to estimates from the Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency. Americans are, in other words, throwing out the equivalent of $165 billion in wasted food every year, a separate analysis by the NRDC found. In fact, one study estimates, just 15% of all this wasted food would be enough to feed more than 25 million Americans every year. And one in six Americans currently lacks a secure supply of food,

Alien #1: Are you sure that information is correct? Because to be perfectly honest with you that makes no sense; how could they simultaneously waste food yet have people go hungry.

Alien #2: How indeed? Here’s where it gets really complicated apparently in the United States as in other parts of the Earth humans have put a monetary value on food.

Alien #1: Really?

Alien #2: Yes, can you believe it? By placing a monetary value on food it means that those who do not have the significant monetary resources, as measured by humans, simply cannot afford to eat. In some cases the situation is so severe that again according to information I found on their internet their own United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates 15.8 million children under 18 in the United States live in households where they are unable to consistently access enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life. Although food insecurity is harmful to any individual, it can be particularly devastating among children due to their increased vulnerability and the potential for long-term consequences.

Alien #1: Fascinating, Then how is that so many of the humans line up to purchase a communication device if money is in such short demand? Surely being able to sustain a healthy existence is far greater than owning the newest communication device.

Alien #2: It is not that money is in short supply it is simply in the way that the wealth is distributed from country to country and with-in countries. You do remember those artificial lines we have talked about that the humans draw to separate themselves and hold so dear.

Alien #1: Indeed I do. However, what stumps me is that even on our world we struggle with the issue of wealth disparity yet we never allowed it to stop us from ensuring that all of our species have what is required to live and sustain a healthy existence.

Alien #2: Yes, but as we have remarked before the humans have not come to the most basic of understanding, that they are one.

Alien #1: And that is what remains so sad about their existence

Alien #2: Yes my friend it does, that it does.