Where do I begin? First let me apologize to my readers for my slothfulness in writing the monthly blog—I have been a bit overwhelmed with a new job, traveling, and settling down in Hawaii. Thank you for subscribing. Yet with all that is going on, I am saddened by what I have seen of late across our great nation. I am a bit dismayed, knocked down, but not knocked out! My heart goes out to those who have suffered and lost loved ones to senseless violence. Our nation has been ravaged by violence and a lack of love for one another in the last 4 weeks with murders, shooting of innocent children on the highways and in homes, serial murderers, kidnappings, child abuse, killing of police officers, hostage situations, human trafficking, mass shootings/murders, and racial skirmishes to name a few. We have a problem when the news reports calls it “good news” because the shootings in Chicago were down 50% one weekend to less than 35! Come on we are better than this! My cry is always the same, we must stop the lack of respect for life and one another! I continue to proclaim that America is better than this, I know we are! Even as I highlight the murders for instance with 70 shootings in one weekend in Chicago with 12 dead, or the mass killing in Florida this past weekend, there are millions doing the right thing every day in our nation. There are those who are going to the extra mile to show unconditional love and acceptance of all regardless of ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation. They are the ones who are doing good deeds for the fellow person every day. They are on the front lines, defending freedom laying down their lives for democracy, they are in the classrooms educating our youth and young adults, they are the ones patrolling the streets everyday ensuring that we are safe, staying on guard to ensure our boarders are secure, they are the ones serving in our government, both civilian and military, working long hours to provide care for the sick in clinics and hospitals, rescuing those who are lost, and preaching hope to the lost. Yes, we have those Americans who are displaying genuine love one for the other.
Let’s come together and decide we will walk in unconditional love. Do the right thing, live in integrity. America I will continue to cry out for love and peace for one another. Here is an excerpt from my book, The Courage to Stand: A New America!
“As Dr. King would often remind the crowds, the American destiny could not be separated by color lines for all Americans had a role to play in justice for all. Remember, we are all people of color and we are all human. If one people group is crushed down in America, all people groups are crushed down for America could not change without the movement of all people, of all ethnicities, of all religions, of all political preferences. The change I have been referring to is about all Americans coming together and ensuring justice and equality for all—this change is for Americans in the inner cities, outer suburbs, and the rural countryside and hills. Thus, it is where we are today, fifty years removed from Bloody Sunday, where all Americans must come together in brotherly love for true change in America. The protests we have seen in America in late 2014 and early 2015 in response to police shootings of those who are both European descent and African descent may lead the nation to change and balance the laws for all people and improve relationships with law enforcement in all communities and call attention to the disproportionate sentencing and incarceration of poor people who cannot afford private or personal representation in the court system. But perhaps it would also call for the nation to move to respect and love for all where we honor our fellow person. We must move the nation to a new level of unconditional love for one another and the violence and senseless murders must stop. I know I am calling for somewhat of a Utopia where we feel good about life and demonstrate love, but why shouldn’t I call for it, we are America and nothing is out of our grasp. We can rise up and live out the true meaning of democracy and freedom for all. In his special address to Congress on March 17, 1965, on the historic Voting Right Act, President Johnson stated,”
In our time we have come to live with moments of great crisis. Our lives have been marked with debate about great issues; issues of war and peace, issues of prosperity and depression. But rarely in any time does an issue lay bare the secret heart of America itself. Rarely are we met with a challenge, not to our growth or abundance, our welfare or our security, but rather to the values and the purposes and the meaning of our beloved Nation. The issue of equal rights for American Negroes is such an issue. And should we defeat every enemy, should we double our wealth and conquer the stars, and still be unequal to this issue, then we will have failed as a people and as a nation. There is no Negro problem. There is no Southern problem. There is no Northern problem. There is only an American problem. And we are met here tonight as Americans—not as Democrats or Republicans—we are met here as Americans to solve that problem.
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