Put That Cat BACK In The Bag!!!
I write this with a heavy heart. I think I should be happy on the day that the US House of Representatives issues an official apology for the enslavment Africans in America and for the segregation of African Americans. I THINK I should be happy. I was elated when I first read the resolution in a web article of the local paper. Then I scrolled down to the hundreds of comments filled with hatred, selfishness and division and I nearly cried. The same thing happened no matter what internet news source I read. I am not naive enough to believe that people don’t harbor hateful thoughts towards one another but it was much easier to relate to people when that was merely a theory and not literal reality in my local paper. No one ethnic or social group can claim exclusive rights to this hate. It is levied liberally by people of all hughs and areas of influence. The apology is one cat I wish I could put back in the bag. I almost wish the apology was never issued. ALMOST!
As the cliche goes “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” and while we’ve seen many historic steps in the past this one cannot be discounted as a significant one. The bottomline is blacks in America have faced diverse injustice in this mighty nation for a quite some time. Many of us have lost hope in ever experiencing true equality. This decree doesn’t change that reality but it does unearth another sliver of light in a (excuse the pun) dark existence. It’s that type of hope that can catylize healing, at least in part. It may get uglier before change and reconcilliation get a foothold but at least we’re not walking around as if there’s no issue to address. I pray the day comes in America when the embalance of opportunity is acknowledged and reformed and a person never has to think “Did that happen to me because of my skin color?” In Jesus’ name, Amen.