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.

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4 Responses to “Put That Cat BACK In The Bag!!!”

  1. Rick, NEVER read the comments section.

  2. I’m very proud of you for posting this…considering how you initially had to check yourself! Good post! Maybe Dawntoya has a point.

  3. Rick. I hate to say this but I saw this coming. I read the article earlier in the day that the House was going to bring the bill up (sponsored by a Congressman from Memphis) – and unfortunately I automatically said to myself that this single bill is going to create a stir if passed. Sadly I was right.

    In contrast to Dawntoya – I think you have to read the comments. Maybe not all of them but the past few months or so have brought a number of television “specials” on race. Some of them create the impression that everything is getting better and that the country is “over that”. Comments like the ones you read SHOUT OUT otherwise. As a husband and father, I think you have to have a sense of hope … and reality.

    To that end, I have only two points for you:
    1) good comments or bad comments – our elected LEADERS did what was right. And while the government can’t mandate forgiveness and acceptance – this is a step in the right direction. Even it exposed more ugliness. And I’m not so naive to think that every politician that voted for the bill agreed with it; my guess is that many voted for it because if they didn’t, they would be called out.

    2) the ‘prince of darkness’ has blinded this world and hate is an easy emotion to express. I know you know this, and I know you hope and want otherwise, so I don’t mean to preach. I also don’t mean to minimize your sadness here either. I personally prefer to have the cat out of the bag then to continually hear folks deny that there is a cat even in the bag.

  4. What were Sgt. Waters’ last words in “A Soldier’s Story”??? They are still more true than we would like to believe.

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