Hello all. As today's title suggests the famous rallying cry by racist whites has been ringing in my ears these past few days, but recently my mother and I had a talk about who's land this really was. Legendary MC KRS One rapped the line "Change your attitude change your plan. There can never really be justice on stolen land." in the song "Sound of da Police", inferring that the land was the indigenous people's, a.k.a. Native Americans. Books and folklore talk about Africans and Vikings having visited before Columbus and the presence of Africans here, along with the Native Americans, long before Jamestown and Plymouth Rock.
The movie "Just Mercy", starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx, was released today, which depicts the true story of a Black man wrongly convicted of murder in the state of Alabama in the mid 80s. I haven't seen it yet but did read the book. If the movie is any good as the book was, then it will be a hit. Not to give away the movie, but I remember thinking while reading the story, by Brian Stevenson, that it was amazing to me that such an injustice could have occurred during that time. I had to recall the era I grew up in, "The Reagan Era", and some like to call, "The golden age of hip-hop"; there was a lot of liberal activism going on, much like today, and also African consciousness. On T.V., shows like "The Cosby Show" and "Family Ties" were the norm for middle America; families like mine existed in a kind of "bubble", "protected" from the harsh realities of racist America.
Flashforward to now; the present landscape of America hasn't changed all that much; but as far as racism is concerned it seems to have
gotten worse. Much of this is due to economics as well as ignorance; when mixed together the two make a deadly cocktail. Economic injustice continues to foster an environment of resentment amongst the races and classes; while "good ole'" ignorance fuels the fires of racism and hatred.
But not to be on the gloomy side of life; there are still a multitude of opportunities available for the advancement of multi-culturalism, faith and enlightenment. Until next time, remember God loves you and so do I.