Black History Month Always!!


Happy Hump Day, All!

Yes, mid-week has arrived again, and this is the last week of Black History Month. Have you been able to learn anything that you didn’t know before? Did you know that in West Africa there was a “spiritual” belief called “Dahomean Vodoun” that was ultimately the foundation of “voodoo” in Haiti? The native Americans, if you will, believed in what is called “animism” – the belief that every living thing has a spirit. What do you believe?!?

As we come to the close of BHM, and the 20th birthday of Trayvon Martin, the news was delivered that the Justice Department will not file a civil suit against Zimmerman for the murder of the unarmed black male teen. According to Mr. Holder and the Justice Department, the killing of Trayvon doesn’t meet the “standards” required for charging Zimmerman with a “hate crime”. Perhaps, we need to take a closer look at those “standards”, too! The Trayvon Martin Foundation, located in Miami Gardens, vows to continue the education of the youth to attempt to teach them how NOT to become a death statistic as many African American men have become over the past few years. I remind folks, as many of us know … but choose to forget, Africans were brought to this country by colonizers for the purpose of “building it” after “stealing it” from the Native Americans … under the guise of slavery. Can you imagine how many Africans died and were killed during the nearly 400 years of people being taken from West Africa and sold into slavery? How about the number of “slaves” killed on the plantations for refusing to become someone else’s property? Some folks get caught up into “who had it worse”, rather than what the hell has happened to humanity?? Some “armchair philosophers” like myself may argue that “this” is all part of humanity!! Do you agree?! I don’t!! Our Creator has charged us with living on this planet together … perhaps in harmony! Still, it is becoming more and more apparent that we are clueless of that “charge” and haven’t developed the spirituality to even contemplate such a “paradigm shift”, if you will.

We get reminded over and over that “something is wrong” here with all the earthquakes and sink holes, tsunamis and snow storms, tornadoes and hurricanes as well as a great climate changes. How about “humans inhumanity to other humans”? Where should I start? The homeless? How about women and children?? Pick a race … any race … and you will probably find several that have experienced prejudice and death …. simply because of their RACE?!? Yet, we are all part of the “human race” … should we decide to be. This is why I embrace taking a step back from all the “drama”, noting the deception and “mis”-education of the many, and reach out to those who seek positive change. Have a great day, and thanks for reading!

John I. Cook, Director

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