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A Necessary Voice For Justice

We all know, and I for one appreciate, the flamboyant activist of the National Action Network; the Reverend, Brother, Pastor Al Sharpton who has been on the front lines fighting for equality and justice within our communities for a long time.  I want to say thank you to the Good Reverend for his dedication and socially conscience efforts to seek justice for the voices that would otherwise go unheard. His show on MSNBC has made sense out of the senseless.

I read a column today written by one Dana Milbank where he said, “The Rev. Al Sharpton is lord of all he surveys.” I found that comment very interesting because that does not appear, to me, to be the Rev’s persona! Now, some may call him a leader or our leader – I beg to differ. I call him an advocate for right who is very necessary in this climate where racism still exist and bigotry has raised its ugly head in ways not seen in generations.

With regard to the article; I continued to read it while I enjoyed my first cup of coffee wondering if this writer or many people, particularly African American, understood the context used in the piece – “power player”. I could have appreciated what may have been intended as a compliment, if he had said it in a different way or from a different perspective – like “speaks to power”. This would imply that the Rev challenges the wrongs of society.

For example, the Trayvon Martin trial coverage for instance was far more appropriate than any of the other networks. The main stream media paid no attention to this hideous crime for weeks. It was black media, and Reverend Al in particular, that caused the story to be brought to light for the nation, then the world to see. Other than the NRA, any person with children should have felt compassion and want justice because next time it could be your child or you.

The article went on to say, “Sharpton has pulled off one of the rarest second acts in American public life: from pariah to power player.” I suppose he was referring to the Rev’s effective use of the media in the Martin case to rally so many people for justice that was needed and I say thank you Rev!

I will agree with the Good Reverend as he put it regarding justice for Trayvon:

“It was a huge moment, because it was the coming together of everything,” Sharpton said, with his trademark vainglory. “We had the attorney general here and one of the biggest civil rights cases of the 21st century, and having to do TV and radio shows at the same time, it was all combined for everybody to see.” Frankly, if not for Reverend Al the Martin case would be hidden and justice denied.

I will close by saying; “the the Good Reverend puts his life on the line for the voiceless and stands up for the powerless.” Let us pray that justice is served or even the Good Reverend may be powerless to control the emotions of a people who will see that we are still a nation of people living in a nation without a nationality.

Let us remember Trayvon, not just for the moment, nor forget the many others in situations where justice has been deferred –keep up the fight for right Rev. Yes and that is a good thing and necessary! And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…

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A Poem For You

I was tagged in a message on FB from a thoughtful lady that caused me to stop and reflect.
 
The Rain Sent Them All Away
 
It was quiet in my shed
Their voices were dead
“Finally” I said,
No more voices in my head.
A pause from breaking bread
Pure silence instead
The rain issued a code red.
 
They all scurried & fled.
No noise to fill my bed,
No more dread.
Just peace instead.
Clarity in my head
Tranquility was fed
When the rain made them spread.
 
They were scared
I had flared
Looked to despair
But then I cared.
The rain had spared
So relief could be inhaled
Serenity exhaled.
 
Because the rain sent them all away.
Now I can pray
Present & here to stay…

This was a deep and powerful thought! Thank you Ask-sl Wells for giving me a moment of “tranquility in my Head”. And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…

“Just a Season”

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OPEN LETTER TO THE CLERGY

This Thought Provoking Perspective from Earlene Williams Hancock who I have dubbed “The Minister of Explaining Stuff” a few years ago that remains as power and relevant today, in this political environment, as it was the day the thought was conceived. Let me share these powerful word and words that speak truth:

I remember, way back when, during the Civil Rights Movement how many of you and/or your predecessors spoke loudly from your pulpits against the injustices leveled against minorities in this country. If it had not been for your support of Martin Luther King, he might not have been as successful. We thank you for your sacrifice.

Many of you also spoke out against what was felt to be an unjust war in Vietnam.  This country is also indebted to you for helping bring our young people home.

Strangely, however, I haven’t heard much from you the past two years, while our country slipped deeper and deeper into a hateful, godless place.  You, as far as I know, have remained silent on the divisive racial attacks against one of the finest Presidents we’ve been blessed with in my lifetime.

Forgive me if I’m wrong, but I’ve heard nothing about the attacks on his religious beliefs, his legitimacy to be president of this country, the unprecedented insults hurled at him day after day, the ugly distortions of what he’s trying to achieve for all Americans ~ and not just for those who voted for him.

The Tea Party movement leaves many of us stunned ~ we realize at its root, their behavior is a result of a deep-seated racism, simply because of the color of his skin. Many believed we were living in a post-racist society. One would think so, in 2010 (and now) ~ but I wasn’t quite that naive, but Barack Obama gave me hope that I haven’t felt in my entire life.

President Obama walked into the “perfect storm” on his Inauguration Day ~ and the Republicans wasted no time trying to derail his presidency. The facts are that the enormous problems he inherited were as a result of the Bush Administration’s squandering a surplus gifted to them by Bill Clinton, throwing us into a war with Iraq that Bush knew wasn’t warranted, banking deregulation that’s cost millions of Americans their homes, and rewarding corporations for outsourcing the jobs of the middle class throwing them into the struggle of their lives just to survive. These same workers paid into the system for unemployment benefits, but now are worried, again, that those benefits will be held hostage by the Republicans.

I will not offer an opinion as to whether I think the separation of church and state is just or not ~ I do know that your nonprofit status could be in jeopardy or called into question depending on your actions.  Sometimes, though, we are all called to do what is right, no matter the consequences. 

I don’t have statistics on all groups who failed to vote on November 2nd…but I’ve been told that only 10% of eligible black Democratic voters turned up at the polls. Young “first-time” voters also chose to stay away. The turnout was low across the board, except on the Right.  Would it have turned out differently had you encouraged your various congregations to get out and vote?  I’m almost certain it would have, because your flocks look to you for guidance.

Perhaps I’m completely wrong and each one of you did, in fact, repeatedly encouraged your members for weeks leading up to the election, to simply get out and vote ~ whether for Republicans or Democrats. Perhaps you’ve repeatedly addressed the disrespect shown at this President or at least touched on the vile racist environment we find ourselves in today. Perhaps you’ve also taken a stand publicly ~ if you have, I applaud you, but somehow I’ve missed that.

If not, I am humbly asking each of you to take a stand and speak in your churches, synagogues, mosques and cathedrals about a virulent atmosphere of hate that’s permeating our society. Your congregants have to live and work in this society and it seems to me you’d want what’s best for them, their children, and grandchildren.

Will you also commit to getting your membership motivated… to exercise their right to vote, reminding them that people struggled and many died so they’d have that privilege? 

Again, you are a powerful force and your membership will listen. I know you love this country as much as we all do…and we must all get involved to restore not just sanity, but decency in our political process, by doing what’s right for all Americans, not just a privileged few.

I am not on anyone’s payroll ~ although it certainly wouldn’t hurt during these troubling times. I’m merely very concerned about where our country is headed and I implore you to get involved. May God/Allah continue to bless you.

These words speak volumes and I would suggest that being called by “God” to feed the souls of mankind – stand for justice and righteousness. Maybe that is why the Bible says there will be wars upon wars because you remain silent! And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…

“Just a Season”

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