Thursday, January 22, 2009

Are You Serious?!

"... help us work for that day when black will not be asked to give back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man, and when white will embrace what is right."

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:
Emmit Till
Jimmie Lee Jackson

Medgar Evers

Goodman

Cheney

Schwerner

Viola Liuzzo

James Reeb

Denise McNair

Cynthia Wesley

Carol Robertson

Addie Mae Collins

Birmingham

Montgomery

Albany
Selma

St. Augustine
Memphis

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.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rev,

I wasn't offended at his little rhyme ...
although it was slightly out of time.
The continued dumbing down of the culture is a good thing -
even if it is from the left wing.
Lets point a finger at ole whitey
who is far off on the righty.
Victimhood promotes brotherhood

Racism is a state of mind
Where no child gets left behind

Simpleton first grade rhymes are a great way of celebrating lucidity
especially those who revel in stupidity

Lets confuse religion, politics, social and economic pandering -
oh but this is enough of my mental meandering!

craig k. said...

Anonymous 5:46,

Intelligent, riveting, thought provoking - well, maybe not so much!