Yesterday, I was surfing the Internet via Facebook and I came across some appalling things. I stumbled upon a video sponsored by the CNN network that showcased actors, politicians, and other celebrities, who were speaking about the first time that they realized that they were black. Now mind you, all these stories were NEGATIVE. One actor while in college had a bunch of white students spit in his coca cola can when he stepped out of the room and didn’t tell him. Literally, his white female friend broke down crying when they got back on the bus, after the other students revealed to her what they have done. They only let her in on the awful secret because she attempted to sip from the can and was discouraged by them not to.
In a subsequent story, within that same video, another black actor was disclosing a time when he was at camp and was helping to bring out the radio of his white friend. Lo and behold someone called the police on him because they thought that he was stealing the radio. The sadness on his face was so blatant in the video. My heart literally shattered as I watched the piece from beginning to end. This video along with many other stories and articles have been sparked by the recent racist activities happening across our country. Oh America the beautiful, when did you become so ugly again?!?!?! Did you try to fool the American people by altering your outside appearance, when truthfully you were rotten to the core. This is supposed to be “the land of the free and the home of the brave”. Why are you not living up to your own national anthem?!?!
Later on that evening, I then came across another video that featured, the top ten states within the United States, where the most lynching of blacks took place. That was even more disturbing than the CNN video. I only got to state number 8 and I wanted to vomit. I immediately turned to my husband who was sitting directly across from me with near tears in my eyes and a broken heart and said, “Why is this happening again? Our ancestors fought so hard for our freedom and now it seems as if we are taking steps backwards.” At that moment, the hate crimes against Muslims and Jews also became visible in my mind. All I could say to myself was—“God, please have mercy on us!” What have we become or better yet reverted to as a nation?!?
Leading up to the election of our president elect, we began to see the amount of racial hate crimes increase, and what was truly on the hearts of some Americans. In my opinion, now that our ‘dear’ president in office has started a chain of foolishness— and has turned the Oval Office into the set for his new reality show playground; things have spiraled out of control within our nation. We have Americans that are verbally, emotionally, and physically abusing minorities and immigrants. Hello America, did you not know that this country was built on the backs of slaves (original migrants) and immigrants. We are all human beings, and all bleed red blood. Our skin color, cultural, religion, and etc., are not grounds to discriminate and hate each other. We are to love each other!
My heart is so overwhelmed as I think about my children and the world that they have to now grow up in. America, you have let us down. You are Super World Power, which has such an influence. Is this what you choose to portray us as to the entire world! We all need to stop and re-evaluate our principles, morals, and intrinsic values. If they are laced with hate…we seriously need to take a self- renewal enema, and start a fresh. Honestly, if people stopped being so ignorant and took the time to reflect on America and the country we are—they would see it is the diversity within our walls that makes us so beautiful!
I am literally sick and tired of all that is going on within our country as it pertains to racism and other violent acts (e.g. – police brutality). For a long time I contemplated on speaking out, but I can no longer sit back and not say anything. This has to stop! We all can use a cleansing…starting with Mr. President and his entourage.
Also, how convenient that he pleasantly forgot that his lovely wife (now first lady) was once an immigrant, who we as a country graciously granted naturalization. Hmmm… just let that seep in.
I know that this article may invoke many opinions both good and bad. However, I do not care and in fact want to elicit some sort of stirring within the hearts of all. Edmund Burke once said “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”.
Yes, how true is that saying. Well, I needed to get this off my chest and it has been a long time coming. Let us stand up for good, and stop the spread of evil racism and hate against ALL people. Such great things can blossom from love. Time to let go and let love reign in our hearts—in such great quantity that our souls become transformed. Life is truly too short, and who wants to really leave behind a legacy of hate and pain?
Stop the madness, and let happiness take its rightful place in making our America The Great, truly beautiful!