A RACE We all Should Win
What happened in America? This is an honest question from my heart and soul. I would love to hear all of your perspectives. It grieves me that the races and ethnic cultures are divided by such a huge chasm of hatred, distrust and vengeance. I graduated from James Madison High School in Houston, Texas in 1985. At that time Madison was 94.6 % black and less than 2% white. I was one of 2 whites on our football team my senior year and I can say with out a moment of hesitation that I had not one problem in the 4 years I was a student there. Everybody got along, looked out for one another and we were all proud to be classmates. There was an occasional joke but those were what kept us laughing. To this day and for the rest of my life I will always be glad to say I am a Madison Marlin. What is it that drives races to hate each other? What malevolent spirit has established deep roots in our hearts? The media has done its job at planting a deep seed of rot in our consciousness and firmly establishing territorial parameters in our psyches regarding the races. We have stopped listening to our hearts, the people that came before us and the Word of God and we have, without objection, made our HD flat-screens, CNN,MSNBC and Fox News our polluted fonts of information. At 46 I look back on my life, my life at Madison, my life as a junior high, high school and AAU basketball coach, my career as a teacher and my 6 years overseas as a missionary and my unabashed love for music, especially Jimi Hendrix and I can’t remember a time that my life wasn’t surrounded or intertwined with the African-American culture or for that fact purely African, having lived in West Africa, however I never woke up thinking “well I am going to be the only white person around today.” It just never crossed my mind. There is a virulent hate festering in our country today, leaders on both sides are to blame. They line their pockets with the money they make off of selling us hate, misconceptions and destruction to their so called fans, followers and supporters. The only people that can heal the rift is you and me. We have to stop watching the news and media and start watching out for each other. We need to stop being led around like sheep to their shearers and start establishing real and lasting dialogue and communal efforts that build up our communities, our respect for all races and peoples and we need to use LOVE as our weapon of mass construction. We are heading further apart, our country is hemorrhaging and we are the only ones who can stop the flow.
“You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
- Saint Paul’s Letter to the Galatians
“The only time I see different colors is when I am playing my guitar.”
- Jimi Hendrix