We are evolving into a pathetic ethnic group when we place our politics above our ethnicity. When we label ourselves as progressives in some respect, we are disconnecting from the everyday people for whom we allege to care for and represent. Ethnicity is foundational and very important!
As so-called progressives you are building the great divide between those in our community who depend on you and have in the past looked up to you. I say looked up to you because you have been afforded opportunities they will never see and have yearned to experience. We could be approaching a day when there will be a war between the “enlightened progressives and those in our community who looked to you to engage and resolve critical social issues and problems that plague them and their children.
Let’s avoid at all cost building iconoclastic society that is an affront to being African American. You will be hard pressed to identify an ethnic group that had or has abandoned its ethnic identity and still exist going all the way back to the beginning of earth. God established and thrives in ethnicity!
I’m reminded of my time associated with and serving the President Nelson Mandela’s wife and daughters while he was incarcerated. There were individuals who did not agree with both the approach and/or the movement. But the ANC leadership worked to bring them in line and ultimately agreement.
Every political representative that we have must be answerable to the people and the people must drive their public agendas while they hold our offices in public trust. They also must look like the people they represent! We owe this to every future generation within the African diaspora. It is one of our banners of hope that we should display proudly. In the words from the final verse of the Black National Anthem written by James Weldon Johnson in 1900 MAY WE BE TRUE TO OUR NATIVE LAND. Ethnicity is very important!
God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, Thou who has brought us thus far on the way; Thou who has by Thy might Led us into the light, Keep us forever in the path, we pray. Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee, Lest, our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee; Shadowed beneath Thy hand, may we forever stand, True to our God, True to our native land.
I’m just saying… Peace!
Coming in 2021 “The Other Side of the Cross”, pray of a brother.