Jonathon and I were talking, yesterday morning, regarding why so many members of the human family…can not…or will not open their mind or at least listen to an opinion that is different than theirs.
Each of us are reared with certain biases and prejudices…that are taught to us by the people that we interact with.
Often, our reality, is what our mothers and fathers have told us and our limited exposure to the wider world.
Mary Jane, often tells of her mother mentioning to her that the owners of a clothing store, in DuQuoin, Illinois, were dirty. When she and her mother went into the store to shop…she told her mom…they do not look dirty to me. Her mother told her to be quiet…and they exited the store quickly.
Two African American Cheerleaders, for the Football team, at SIU…took a knee during the national anthem…recently.
They have been excoriated by many…and the worst of comments have been made…without giving, even limited inquiry, as to why they felt the need to do what they did?
Many have called them cowards.
I would have to disagree with that assertion…as it takes courage to speak out or go against the majority.
The young women explained that they were not protesting the flag or the anthem…but that they were in support of Black Lives Matter.
If you were an African American…you might understand…but what is wrong with really listening and contemplating…their life experience and their views?
Why do so many people want to diminish those who are not like them?
Why do we seek to compare ourselves to others who we think are lesser than us…or who have a different faith than we do.
Why is the color of our skin important?
When a foreigner engages in terror…we must close our borders…we must restrict entire races and religions…from entering our country.
When a white man kills 58 people and injures nearly 500…we just do not know the answer…and we are admonished to pray for the families.
When the hurricane devastated Puerto Rico…our President contrasted it to Katrina’s large number of deaths…and noted that there were only sixteen dead in Puerto Rico.
He spoke of the Budget being, ‘Out of Whack’, due to the devastation and destruction.
Perhaps we can just throw paper towels at the disparity and the prejudice and the bias…ingrained in our Country…for its’ own citizens.
I believe that African Americans love their country…as do Puerto Ricans…as do Muslims…as do Jews…they just want to be loved back.