We’re living in a crazy, mixed up society today and it seems the whole world has gone completely mad.  Those in power have lost all common sense and you wonder…where are the leaders that have just pure old common sense and wisdom?  Instead of our leaders trying to pull us together, it seems they are doing everything in their power to pull us apart and create further division.  I’m referencing specifically the latest outbreaks of white cops shooting black civilians and vice versa.

If you were living during the 60’s race riots you know how bad it was.  We were a country divided by race discrimination.  Blacks were mistreated simply because of the color of their skin.  The end result was violence.  The 60’s were a tumultuous time and should never happen again.  No one should ever be discriminated against.

What is Racism?

Racism is when someone thinks different skin color or religious beliefs make some people better than others.

Racists bully people who are different to them.  They do this by name-calling or violence.

The United States of America was divided by racism during the Civil War era.  It was a harrowing time in our nation’s history.  The white man was against the black man, the north was against the south, the black man just wanted to be free and the white man wanted to keep him in slavery.  Hatred rose up, suspicion grew, anger took over, violence ensued, war began, brother fought brother, homes were burned, land was destroyed, families were torn apart, blood was shed, lives were lost, and the heart of our nation that once beat strong began to grow weaker and almost stopped beating altogether.  Our nation was hurting and weeping bitter tears, until one man managed to massage that fluttering, almost lifeless heart back to life again.  His heart beat with true love for a nation that needed healing before it bled to death.  President Abraham Lincoln was able to bind up the wounds of a hurting nation and get her back on the path toward the slow and tedious process of healing.

A man of great stature, Abraham Lincoln was also endowed with a wealth of wisdom, integrity, compassion and tenacity.  His very personality embodied America and the values upon which she was founded.   Perhaps, his most remarkable leadership quality was the ability to move forward in the face of adversity in his role as President, as well as his personal life.  Lincoln suffered through many traumas in his life.  His mother died when he was 9, his sister died when he was 19, and two of his sons died while he was president.  He grew up in abject poverty with an abusive and neglectful father.  He suffered from major clinical depression and a loveless marriage.  I read an autobiography about Lincoln and cried.  He had disappointment everywhere he turned, but instead of giving in to anger and despair he rose above it and focused on helping others.

Lincoln never faltered in his core principles of preserving the Union and abolishing slavery.  He refused to compromise on either of these issues and as a result, he succeeded in accomplishing both.  He saved the Union and freed the slaves.  He was a remarkable man and one of our nation’s greatest presidents.

I believe our nation is suffering today, figuratively speaking, from a transient ischemic attack (TIA).  A TIA is often labeled as a “mini-stroke,”   but it is more accurately characterized as a “warning stroke”.  America is having a “warning stroke”.  Let’s take heed and decide to do something about it.  Let’s join together in love and refuse to be divided by another race war.

It is very disturbing that there seems to be an increase in white cops shooting black civilians, but as equally disturbing is the stance our nation’s President seems to be taking in response to these shootings and the media.  If you go into the marketplace and streets of America you will see kindness still being shown and good people still abound in all races.  Our country is not the country being shown on the 6 o’clock news.  There is still good.

We need to stand together as a nation.  It’s not us against them or them against us.  We are all brothers and sisters and should stand united as a nation.  Yes, there are things wrong in our nation, but let’s not let it divide us, instead let’s cause it to unite us and stand strong against the bad together.  We are one.

It’s hard to understand why we pull away from each other so easily.  God created us all.  Yes, our skin color, eye color, hair color may be different colors, but that’s what makes us  beautiful.  We all have a brain, a heart and we hurt the same.  If we’re cut deep enough we all bleed red blood.  We are created equal in the eyes of God and even our Constitution (which some would like to change) says so.  We are equal.  We walk the same road…the road of life.  Let’s join hands and help each other.

Let’s refuse to build dividing walls between us.  Let’s refuse to listen to what the biased media tries to shove down our throats with their selected images they show on the nightly news and even 24 hours a day.  They select who they interview.  They don’t show the “real” world you and I live in each day.

What about the young black man on the escalator holding the arm of an elderly lady who was afraid to go down the escalator alone? What about the young black man who stayed by the side of the young woman dying in New York City where the train ran into the station and crashed?  This young man told the lady who had just dropped her child off at daycare, you’re not dying alone.  What about the black man hugging the neck of a white cop?  What about the churches all across America where black people and white people worship together each Sunday?  What about the white teacher that loves all the children in her classroom and helps them learn no matter the color of their skin and vice versa?

The truth is, there will always be the good, the bad and the ugly, but let’s not let the bad and the ugly divide us.  You’re my brother, you’re my sister.  Let’s join hand in hand and refuse to let anything divide us.  Let love unite us.  United we stand, divided we fall.  We’ve been there before, we don’t want to go there again.

We will stand,

The Voice





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