Monday, March 28, 2005

OPEN THE BOOK!

I would argue that we should go one step further than the Truth and Reconciliation Project- actually a "Giant Leap For Mankind". Why don't we just open the book and reconcile the truth with lies and distortion. Why don't we open the book and move past historical wrongs and regrettable actions? Why don't we open the book and look with unprejudiced eyes and muster the spiritual courage to work past our mistakes and evolve past our present condition?

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE BOOK

The book I'm referring to is a record or account of what events happened- what, when ,who, where, etc. In courts of law, the record is reconstructed piece by piece from evidence collected and presented by the two opposing sides. Certain facts may be in dispute, others may be undeniable. It is the task of the court to weigh the evidence and come to a judgment. Naturally, the more accurate the record, the more justly a verdict can be rendered. The complete and accurate record is vital in this proceeding.

In life, we see events as cyclical- what goes around comes around. It is foolish and wreckless to proceed with the future without having a clear understanding of what events occurred in your past that may provide insight into your future. This is the process of growth and development. The more precise and accurate the record, the more insight this look into the book will be, the more successful you will be in moving forward. The book is vital in this regard.

Dealing on a community level and upwards to a national level, the record is extremely distorted and imprecise. As a matter of fact, the record has been purposefully and successfully re-written on a lot of issues starting with the very first contacts of Europeans with the Native Americans until the present day. One day- soon- the record of this country and everyone in it will be exposed for all to see. Better that we do it voluntarily, than have it done for us; for if we do not open our book, we will be judged harshly. Some of us may feel like we have a lot to lose by a clear reading of the book. How can you lose on the truth? I believe in the forgiveness and wisdom of the Creator, for surely He alone can judge and grant forgiveness. I believe that through that law of love and righteousness, we can always be redeemed of past errors and wrongs, if we are honest and sincerely repent and atone. All of us must grab hold of what we believe and humbly seek guidance on how to reconcile the past with the future because we are heading for disaster. It is not about you, it is about the future!

EXPOSE THE BOOK!

Maybe what the book will reveal is not as bad as it may seem. Surely, for Blacks in the "inner-city" there is a problem. There is definitely a misreading of past events because we are not making progress in the future. There are those who would argue that progress is being made by Blacks in this country. I beg to differ. Don't just look at the attempts of pacification by granting some "superstars" millions or some athletes millions, while we as a general population are in dire straits. Look at the schools, the jails, the streets, the "hood"; this is where the real picture becomes clear.

I support the reparations movement. I believe that America owes a debt to the Blacks that built this country for the White Man and have received no benefit from that work and suffering. Other peoples have been awarded compensation for crimes committed against them, but nothing for the African Slave. I believe that Blacks can do much better and be much better off on our own than stuck in this oppressive and devoid society. I believe that America owes us land, and self-determination so that we may be holders of our own future. The only future America promises us is death and destruction. They do not want to "open up old wounds" but we are dying daily from the effects of these wounds with no cure available, surely this is an untenable situation- a relationship born out of greed, misuse, abuse, theft, and ill-will. Surely, now is the time for divorce.

Prove me wrong and open the book. Show me that America has the intestinal fortitude to look upon the book with honest eyes and humbly seek a solution to the ills that abound in this country. Show me that you are better than your forefathers who I believe sold their souls to the devil. Show me that I am wrong in thinking of America the way I do. Show me that you believe in Freedom, Justice, and Equality. Please show me and the world that America is indeed "God's" country and that we are striving for perfection of a Godly order and peace on the planet. Please show me that we can do better. Step up to the plate, the time is now, the opportunity for atonement is narrowing. Let us OPEN THE BOOK and look, our future is at hand.

Peace
Ill Ridgely Shawn




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