We all bleed; red, white, and blue
Why the color of your skin is not important
March 5, 2018 · kateputnam,newhampshire,marketing,concord,putnammarketing
Huffington Post just reported that a teacher is under investigation for teaching her middle school students in Florida that white supremacy is ok, that you must stand by your race. And, my question to you, is why? We all bleed red, white, and blue.
Why does the color of your skin matter?
Because, history repeats itself and we are in a political time where the leader of the free world has no problem calling anyone who is not white or female out for the most mundane things. I can go on and on about the murder rate of black people. Look at Chicago, for example. We can talk about Mexicans being accused of horrific acts. People make mistakes all the time. I will tell you right now that racially profiling is not a mistake. It is ignorance. It is taught. It is learned. It is an example of the character of our nation.
And, it is something that we as human beings must address.
At the root of it, we all want the same things. We all want a chance, a mentor, a leader in our lives. We all care about our families, our homes, our lives as much as the next person. It doesn't matter what color your skin is. The winners always write history, but if you look a little bit deeper you know that the winners were not always kind, correct, or decent. You know that there were smallpox infected blankets given to cold inhabitants, you know that women were raped and murdered and families separated, you know that boys as young as six were hung for believing in a god their parents taught them to understand. In the blink of an eye, England shifted from Catholicism to the Church of England and thousands of Englishmen we murdered, homes were burned, and entire towns were destroyed.
I am asking you right here, right now, to take a stand. To stand up for what is right and to do the right thing. Be the bigger person. Don't feed the hate.
We can each be the change.
There has been enough hurt in the past. The tables don't need to turn. We don't need to step back three hundred years. Relationships are crucial while you are growing and we as parents are here to stand tall. To remind all the other adults that we must stand together. We must teach the next generation that we all breathe oxygen, we all love our dogs, we all love our children. And, we are all the same.
We all have power. We all have a voice. So, let's use them.
Let's set the expectations higher for our children than they have been set for us so that we can teach our babies that the color of someone's skin is irrelevant.
There is a dark history of racism in America starting from when our country was founded and as we made steps forward, I feel as though lately we have been making steps backwards. We need to unite, thousands of years ago, Matthew said; "a house divided cannot stand."
Martin Luther King Jr. said it best in his "I have a Dream" speech; "In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked insufficient funds."
As a 33 year old man, MLK knew how to lead and rose to the heights of an cultural icon. More from his "I Have a Dream" speech;
"I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood."
I have a dream too.
That one day our nation will love each other and all realize that all men are created equal.
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