Posted on 23 June 2015 by mdepeine
We must admit to reality and not continue to stick our “heads in the sand” on the subject of “white supremacy” and the use of its most effective tool, racism. Here’s a tough question: Are blacks equal to whites? Are whites equal to blacks? How you feel about the answer should give you a lot of insight on whether you support or are against racism. Don’t base your answer on the propoganda (network news’ portrayal of blacks, excessive incarceration of blacks in America, inferior roles in movies, etc.) that you are fed daily from sources that want to perpetuate this idea of “white supremacy” and “black inferiority,” but base your answer on the fact that we were all created by one God. I make this a black and white issue because of America’s continued desire to ignore the traumatic impact of slavery on its history and its refusal to have any meaningful dialogue towards reparation. We need to put everything on the table and admit to the wrong and move toward dismantling everything that serves as an undercurrent that maintains this false ideology of “white supremacy.”
Posted on 18 June 2015 by mdepeine
My prayers and thoughts go out to the families whose lives have been shattered by the murder of their loved ones. I feel very sad and appalled about what has happened in Charleston, South Carolina. A 21 year old white man decided that he was better than 9 other human beings. He decided that he could take the lives of 9 other people because of his apparent hatred of their color and what they represented to him. It is a shame what we see in America today.
So many people spend a lot of energy denying that racism and prejudice in America is alive and very strong. What kind of upbringing leads a 21 year old to shoot and kill 9 people who are attending a church service, having a time of prayer? The more we deny the racism and prejudice in America, the more murders will occur as a result of it. America needs a gut check! America needs a reeducation about race and race relations. America needs to confront the truth about its past, its apathy about the present, and strive to redirect its future towards harmony. America and all of its citizens must lift a hand to dismantle the hatred rooted in racism and prejudice, which is so readily supported by privilege and entitlement.
“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.