Can I confess that I don't understand? It's obvious that when Rev. Joseph Lowery ended his benediction this rhyming phrase, there are people who are actually - offended?
Joseph Lowery, an 87 year old preacher, who for virtually his entire ministry has fought for justice, peace and equality and done so non-violently? Joseph Lowery who is a towering figure in the United Methodist Church and who was a founding leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and followed Ralph Abernathy as the third president of this venerable organization, is being branded 'racist' and a 'race baiter'?
Given the sensibilities, stirred by his benediction, I wish Lowery had simply called us to rememberance more solemnly:
Jimmie Lee Jackson
Addie Mae Collins
These were the battlefields and some of the warriors, black and white, casualties of the war in which white, didn't 'embrace what's right'. In fact, we should never forget, because white didn't embrace what's right, the names listed here didn't get to see Obama's inauguration. But they paid for the election, the inauguration and every inaugural ball with their blood and their survivers kept on paying with their tears.
We need to feel sorry for those whose feelings are hurt because Dr. Lowery remembers and doesn't want us to forget. I wish, that the four little girls who died in the 16th Street Baptist Church, only had their feelings hurt.
It amazes that we live in a country where people make amnesia a virtue, when stories are told in which they are not the principal heroes.