Month: August 2014

The End of Racism

The election of President Obama was significant in 2008 for multiple reasons, but one that sticks out is the concept of racism.

There is no way that he was able to win the election if he only received votes from African-Americans.  It wasn’t mathematically possible.

Even though I did not vote for him, I saw this as a turning point, one more step to ending the racism that has lived in our country for hundreds of years (before we were a country).

Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.

As a white guy, I only have my own life experiences and they are different from black friends simply because of our skin color.

But racism is an attitude, right?

We are in the beginning stages of discovering why Michael Brown, an 18 year old black man was killed this month and the subject of race is back on the big screen and the net.

It seems that anyone can be a racist.  25 years ago, a black co-worker of mine used to complain about some of his black clients.  He said they were always on C.P. Time .  When I asked him what he was talking about, he said C.P. Time is Colored People Time,  and it was always 30 to 60 minutes late.  If  he had a 11 am meeting schedule with one of these clients, and he showed up at 11:30, he wasn’t a half hour late, he was a half hour early.

We happen to have a friend who is of German and Irish heritage and she is nearly always late, so this tardiness is not limited to one race.

But it is a racial stereotype, at least in Detroit.

I long for the day when we will not see the differences in each other as a negative, but something to enjoy and embrace.

And for those of you who think that anyone who doesn’t like the actions of President Obama is a racist… that in itself is a racist assumption and comment.

The end of racism isn’t here yet and I urge everyone to be extremely cautious before declaring some one or some thing racist and along those same lines, don’t be afraid to question someone who is.

The Israel-Hamas Conflict

If you own a home and there are people outside shooting at you, what do you do?

You could defend yourself if you are able.

You could ask them to stop.

You could open the door and invite them in and see if they will stop shooting.

You can run away and abandon your home.

 

Stop and think for a moment.  Which one are you going to pick?

These are the options Israel has right now.

In 1947, Israel was re-established as a legitimate country and the Jewish nation were given a home.  Not everyone in the area liked this and this is the source for the conflict that has been occurring ever since.  If we really want to go to the root of the conflict, explore the Old Testement and you’ll see the root of this conflict is thousands of years old.  I encourage you to do your own investigation of the history, here are a couple of places you can start.

While Israel is a legitimate country, Hamas is not.

Hamas is at its best a political party or movement.  At its worst it is a terror organization.

Their charter (from Wikipedia) states: Article 7 of the Hamas Covenant provides the following quotation, attributed to Mohammed:

“The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, (evidently a certain kind of tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews.”[246]

News reports have stated how the Israeli deaths in the current battle is tiny compared to their enemies.  But again I must point out the differences.

Israel has an organized military and defense system.  They usually wear uniforms.  There is a distinction between the civilians and the military, like we have in the United States.

Hamas, does not have this distinction because they are acting as a terror organization with the goal of killing all the Jews in the name of a religious mission.

Want proof?  Take a look at this website which is attempting to provide information that our mainstream media is skimming over or ignoring.

Instead we are being asked to have a heart for those who are “breaking into our homes”.

I urge you to look at the big picture, all the propaganda coming from all sides of every issue including this one before blindly agreeing to support anything you hear or read.