I received this from a friend. The three maps show where there was slavery, racism in the 1950′s and currently. I was shocked so here I am again having my say. There is a movie coming out called Lincoln. I was able to go to see the sneak peak and it was one of the greatest movies I have ever seen. It is also based upon the book, “ A Team of Rivals.” I am reading the book now.
Despite what people these days may think, Lincoln was not a really popular President. The Secret Service was started during his administration. He was walking alone one night and someone took a shot at him and there was a bullet hole in his stovepipe hat. I am very glad they missed.
He wrote and delivered the Emancipation Proclamation and he also got the thirteenth amendment to the Constitution written and passed by Congress. And then he was assassinated. JFK worked for Civil Rights for the Black people in the 1960′s. They ended segregation and black people could use the same bathroom and go to the same schools. I remember the riots and lynchings. I am sure many others do also. He was also assassinated, but that wasn’t the only reason.
During the history of America, many people have died trying to stop slavery. There is a wonderful play called, “God and a Woman.” It is about Sojourner Truth and the Underground Railroad.
Please really look at these maps and understand what a sorry truth this is. We are a bigoted people and a bigoted nation. This nation is built on the concept of our being a melting pot. We are considered a Christian nation and yet where is the love that is supposed to be a driving force in our nation. What happened to, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” I thought the New Testament depicted Jesus Christ as a forgiving and accepting man. A man who walked in Jerusalem and taught people a kinder, more thoughtful and a more loving way to live.
Well, in case some people haven’t noticed, there is a lot of hatred and intolerance in our country. Someone looks, sounds, believes or loves differently and suddenly they are not good enough. They are less than fully human or American. Well, I just want to say that no matter who someone is, how much his family earns, what color they are, what music they listen to, what spiritual path they follow or who they love, they are my brothers and sisters.
We live in a country that says everyone is equal. That is so far from the truth. We are a nation of bigots and there is more hatred here than love. I love being an American. I come from immigrant roots. But I am not proud of what is happening to people in our country. Every time there is a hate crime, my heart breaks because this is the worst type of crime. It shows everyone that the perps have black hate filled hearts. Please take an inner journey and see what kind of an American you are. Perhaps it is time for you to change what you find inside.