As Americans, we need to close the divide that is swelling. We cannot deny it. Is it possible to reach a higher ground where all people are accepted for who they are? We are Americans and each of us has the right to pursue happiness, peace, and the American way. Yet there is the remnant who wants to divide us across ethnic lines. I always have held that discrimination, prejudice, and hatred of one people group against another has never truly been limited to the color of one’s skin, but is about the capacity for evil! This is not to say that the color of one’s skin does not often serve as a part of the larger picture of discrimination. The color of one’s skin indeed often serves as a catalyst or a reason to discriminate. It appears it is used as a reason because people are different. However, I have observed that it is more about prejudice against another group because they are different rather than the color of one’s skin. By the way we have to stop kidding ourselves, no person is the color “White” and no person is the color Black.” Yet, we continue to use these archaic terms to identify one another.

If you examine the wars around the world between nations, tribes, and villages, you quickly learn that it is not about skin color primarily, but rather it’s about a disdain for someone who happens to be different than you. Here are some clear examples. In Africa, the war and genocide of the Hutus and the Tutsis in Rwanda was not about skin color essentially (although one group was slightly taller than the other), but about one people group feeling superior over the other. The conflict between the groups was exacerbated first by Belgian colonialism, and second, by economics—one group was wealthier than another and held more economic power and resulted in over eight hundred thousand to one million Tutsis being killed. What about the annihilation and ethnic cleansing of the Serbs in Bosnia and Herzegovina, or the eight-year Iran and Iraq War where over four hundred thousand died on both sides, or the Irish and the British wars, the French and the Spaniards, the Armenians and the Turks, or the Germans practically against the world?

Whether these conflicts rose from religious conflicts or arose from economic or colonial-era issues, hatred was held for one group against the other even though their color of skin and ethnicity was similar in both groups. Note, the Germans did feel their particular breed of European descent or DNA was superior to all other races, but it was not limited to skin color. In almost every case, it was one race or ethnicity believing it was greater or superior than the other; and the battles were often laced with religious, cultural, political, and economic motives. Again, in most of the cases I named above, the color of the skin of those who fought and were viciously killed were the same as those they were fighting against. It is time to come together as Americans!

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