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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

 

 

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An Open Message to GOP Leadership

An open message  to Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and other GOP leaders. We may not agree on much but deep down I bet you are as horrified as I am by President Trump’s response to Charlottesville. I bet you are embarrassed at the stain this man is leaving on your party. I know you gave lip service by INDIRECTLY denouncing some of his remarks via twitter but I bet you know you didn’t even come close to saying what needed to be said and saying it in front of a camera not via twitter. I will never totally agree with your legislative agenda but in a democracy to the winner goes the spoils and if you hold the power you have every right to push your agenda. But I assume you are smart enough to know that agenda can not include pushing hate and bigotry. Nor can it include giving aide and comfort to White Supremacist and Neo Nazis. It is time you stood up and took your party back from Donald Trump. Do not be afraid to lose the support of whatever percentage of his base believes his response to and the actions of hate groups was alright. These groups and this President do not represent the best of America they represent the worst. You can not keep America great, not make it great again because let’s face it that slogan was created to send a message seeped in racism, if you choose to stand idly by knowing what you see is wrong but doing nothing to stop it.

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You thought you had us beat…but we’re still here

You thought you had us beat when you took us from our home, stripped us of our culture and told us we were no longer people but property.

You thought you had us beat when you raped our women, beat our men and sold our children.

You thought you had us beat when you donned your first sheet, burned your first cross and rode through the night striking terror into our hearts.

You thought you had us beat when you silenced our voices at the voting booths with violence and intimidation

You thought you had us beat when you turned us away at the lunch counter and locked the doors to the school.

You thought you had us beat when you set free the dogs and turned the hoses on us.

You thought you had us beat when you assassinated one leader after another of a movement that dared only to ask that you treat us as equals.

You thought you had us beat when you devoted hundreds of years to stripping away our dignity, our pride, our self-worth

You thought you had us beat but here we are still standing, refusing to go away. Because despite your best efforts your actions were merely those of a coward, not nearly enough to totally defeat us. We are rising up now, together as one, and others are joining us regardless of their race, color, religion, creed, gender or national origin, a coalition of the righteous and we are gathering momentum each and every day. We are going to create a world where color doesn’t matter. A world without conflicts and killings. A world without borders and boundaries. A world united not divided, ruled by love not hate. A world where anything is possible.

You thought you had us beat but we are here to tell you your time is coming to an end and ours is just beginning.