Yes, it has been quite some time since my last post, but the issue of race has plagued my mind over the past few days. The sad reality, that NO ONE can deny, is that racism is STILL heavy in this country. I am not trying to stir any emotions, start any movements, or plan any marches. I am simply sharing my view of this REALITY. Racism today can be seen as a strong echo of older generations' philosophy, white AND black! Our children are not as sensitive to it as we adults are. So, I see the major problem of this SAD REALITY lying in us, the grown folks. In most cases, our children don't know of racial issues until we start talking about it, ranting and raving over it, and making unnecessary comments. We ALL are or have been guilty of it at some point in our lives, black AND white.
A few weeks ago, I went into Northpoint Mall to kill time and get some ideas of what I'd get Davyd, my son, for his birthday. After checking out several stores, I went into a particular store I had never been in before and thought it was pretty cool. There were a couple of workers there. One was already assisting someone, but the other never greeted me, although we made eye contact. I thought nothing of it. Hey, it's the south, you get used to it. My browsing continued. Three customers came in after I did at different times. Each was greeted and asked if they needed assistance. Still, no words were ever spoken to me. Yes, the customers that came after me were all white.
Whether you would like to accept it or not, racism still remains the driving force behind how many interact or don't interact. What do we do? Honestly, this is a personal and individual issue. Racism is going nowhere. It will ALWAYS exist among us. The only way to eradicate it is to change every heart and mind, which only God can do. Yet, God simply leaves US with the choice to change our hearts and minds, by committing them to Him. We all know, THAT will not happen, for every soul will not be saved, come the end of time.
It is a SAD, SAD REALITY, but racism is here to stay. We as individuals can only change ourselves in hopes of influencing others. If we focus on pouring the right things into our children, then there may be some hope for a less racist future for the world. If we can get our children to live against such ignorance and stupidity, them MAYBE some parents will begin to see a little light, learning from their kids. If you haven't already, I suggest everyone take a look at the youtube video about what children think about the "controversial" Cheerios commercial...........http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VifdBFp5pnw&feature=share
HAPPY MONDAY TO YOU ALL!! BE BLESSED!!
Bryan Hollomon Williams