In a previous blog, I made reference to America’s golden shores as being the landing place of our forefathers, using a description I have heard repeated many times throughout my 65 years, not giving the phrase a second thought. However. America’s forefathers were not the focus of the blog, and it had not a thing to do with our shoreline. It was about the media. Who to believe. Who not to believe. It’s a question on all of our minds.
As has become increasingly the norm in this year of your higher power 2017, one reader chose to hang on the words “golden shores”, using this strictly literary phrase as ammunition for twisting the media related blog into a racial onslaught. Needless to say, I was caught way off guard.
This person stated how the golden shores were not so golden for slaves who arrived chained and shackled in the hulls of huge sailing vessels. How can anyone with half a heart disagree? I certainly can’t. Maybe Ben Carson can since he believes these “immigrant” slaves were so full of hopes and dreams they were about to burst. The person’s response did not stop there, as you will read in a direct quote below. All this being said, I can in no way assume responsibility for the sins of anyone’s past. I don’t care who they were. It doesn’t take a history major to understand the future didn’t even hold a candle glows flicker for these people being held against their collective wills. I hold no animosity for this reader’s obvious improper interpretation. Or more so, for creating something which was never there. It happens all the time. The only way this nation will ever truly overcome the racial divides great men like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. fought against is by realizing we are all the same, regardless of what your Great-Great-Grandparents may have thought, or in too many cases, were subjected to.
But I do have to wonder. Was it a misinterpretation, or is this person so racially tainted they make no attempt to see beyond their own bigotry, preferring instead to point their finger at others as being the root of the problem, and waiting for any chance to express their prejudice view? Typically, the one pointing the finger is the one who needs to re-examine their heart. I understand my words may appear harsh, but I back them up with the following statement (quote). As a reminder, the blog was about the media. As a second reminder, I am not a fan of our President.
“I have never seen so many ‘white’ people up in arms over what epitomizes them in all my days. Trump is every single last one of you if you were to be honest. Look in the mirror, Trump is staring right back at you! And this is why when you look at pictures of the protests, hardly any ‘Black’ faces are in the crowds. We deal with all of you ‘Trumps’ on a daily basis and see no need to protest Trump. What would be the point? He is everywhere we turn and not just in the Oval Office.”
I pointed out to the reader that I am a 14-year military veteran though I was certain they didn’t serve. How did I know? When your brothers and sisters in arms have your back for 14 years, skin color disappears. Color blindness sets in and it stays with you. Ask any veteran. They’ll agree. The military breaks you down then builds you back up as an equal. That’s how I knew.
The reader did the same thing lots of people do. They categorized. All white people. All black people. All Asians. All Muslims. All Mexicans. All immigrants. All… All… All… The world will never be a better place until all of us, and I do mean all of us, drop our unfounded prejudices. For lack of a more meaningful word, they are stupid. They serve no purpose.
Get to know someone one on one before you judge them based on their skin color, race, nationality, religion, or any of the many other reasons why we hate people we shouldn’t. If you get a sour taste in your mouth after meeting them, well…, they may actually be the asshole you thought they were. At least find out first.
So. There you have it, from the outside looking in.
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