TEARING DOWN AMERICAN HISTORY

I WAS GOING TO SAY THINKING ABOUT THIS TOPIC RENDERED ME SPEECHLESS. TRUTH IS, THAT WOULD BE A LIE! 

THE REMOVAL/ DESTRUCTION OF STATUE’S AND MEMORIALS, THAT ARE APART OF ” OUR ” HISTORY; EVEN AS A BLACK WOMEN, MAKES ME FEEL SOME KINDA WAY.

THIS IS HISTORY PEOPLE! THE SAME HISTORY; I’M SURE MOST OF US LEARNED THROUGHOUT ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL.  IT IS APART OF WHO WE ARE. HOW WE LEARNED.  IT IS ” THE TRUTH ” OF THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY. ( UN-JUST AND CERTAINLY RACIST) BUT HISTORY NONE-THE-LESS. TO ME , HISTORY ALWAYS HAS AND ALWAYS SHOULD HAVE A PLACE.

THESE STATUE’S REPRESENT A PIECE OF AMERICA. ( BLACK PEOPLE) IF YOU ALLOW YOURSELVES ONE MOMENT TO DISENGAGE FROM EGO AND EMOTION; AND SEE THEM JUST AS MERE OBJECTS OF HISTORY, THEN YOU CAN VIEW THEM AS I DO.

MONUMENTS OF HISTORY THAT SHOWS WHERE WE STARTED AND HOW FAR WE HAVE COME AS A NATION, DESPITE THE RACIAL INJUSTICE, SOCIAL INJUSTICE, CRIMINAL INJUSTICE’S… WE HAVE PROGRESSED.

“WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF EVIDENT”                                                                             DR. KING SAID THIS.  HE ALSO STOOD FOR PEACE. NON-VIOLENCE.  HE DIED BELIEVING AND LIVING HIS TRUTH.

WHAT “TRUTHS” WILL YOU HOLD TO BE SELF EVIDENT ?

LET’S THINK PEOPLE.                                                                                                                            WILL REMOVING/ DESTROYING/  THESE STATUES ERADICATE THE ISSUE OF RACISM?

WILL IT CHANGE THE HEART CENTER OF A PERSON WHOSE HEART IS SEETHING WITH SUPERIORITY OVER ANOTHER RACE ?

IF IT DOES. WILL YOU OFFER IMMEDIATE ABSOLUTION TO THOSE PERSONS ?

WHAT IS THERE TO GAIN?  OTHER THEN LOSING PART OF YOURSELF.

WHY STOP THERE , WHAT WOULD BE NEXT? MOUNT RUSHMORE ?

LOOK AT IT FROM ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE, FOR A MINUTE.

LETS SAY BEAUTIFUL PIECES OF OUR HISTORY WERE BEING TORN DOWN, DESTROYED, OR AT STAKE. ( DO NOT PLAY SEMANTICS WITH ME EITHER , ABOUT OUR LONG SUFFERING HISTORIES. I AM GOING TO BE 100  IN SAYING THIS ( CERTAIN I’M ABOUT TO OFFEND THE HELL OUT OF A LOT OF YA’LL, SHOCKER.) ( IN WATCHING THE ” WHO’S DOING WHAT TO WHOM; I’VE NOTICED THE MAJORITY OF THOSE MAKING THE NOISE ARE NOT OLD ENOUGH TO HAVE LONG SUFFERED **IT, I KNOW I CERTAINLY AM NOT. I AM NOT SAYING THAT YOU DON’T HAVE YOUR OWN RACIAL INJUSTICE ISSUES, I KNOW I DO, I’M JUST SAYING, KEEP IT SEMI CURRENT MILLENNIAL’S. )

FOR EXAMPLE… IS IT FAIR TO HAVE ALL BLACK COLLEGES IN AMERICA?  EXCUSE ME PREDOMINANTLY BLACK COLLEGES ? #LOOPHOLES! OUR FIGHT HAS ALWAYS BEEN TO BE EQUAL, YET IN THESE PARTICULAR INSTANCES IT’S OKAY TO BE SEPARATE?  IT’S EVEN SEEN AS A ELEVATION OF STATUS IN BLACK COMMUNITIES.  ( NOT A STEP BACKWARD)

I THOUGHT WE WERE STRIVING FOR EQUALITY? I GUESS IT’S OKAY AS LONG AS WE SET THE TERMS ?

(HEY, THESE ARE JUST MY THOUGHTS.)  MY FEELING IS REMOVAL OF HISTORICAL ANYTHING ONLY PERPETUATES ANGER, HATRED, CHAOS, LOSS OF LIFE, EXTREMISM, PURE DARKNESS, FROM BOTH SIDES. TO BE CLEAR.

HISTORY SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE A PLACE IN OUR COUNTRY. ALL PARTS. IT IS HOW WE KNOW THE EVOLUTION OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY.

WHAT SAY YOU ? LET ME KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS.

#LOVEANDLIGHTUNITE

 

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