The Browning of America

3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  2 Corinthians 10:3-4

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When I was sixteen, ignorance of racism and bigotry came in search of me right in my own neighborhood. This incident will always be remembered, although, I have long ago forgiven the perpetrators who thought riding through a predominately Black neighborhood and spewing their hatred in a speeding car was a sense of bravery.

It was the middle of the week, right after school, when I was allowed to go visit a school friend who lived quite a distance from where I lived. This was a very nice spring day and I couldn’t wait to get to hangout with my friend.

Waiting at the bus stop, I had no fear because our neighborhood was a community where everyone knew and protected each other.

As I waited patiently and watching for the bus to come, a small car came speeding down the street.

The car startled me as it slowed up in front of me.

“N*****! N*****! N****!”

I remember staring at the car with four white kids, no older than I was, laughing at me.

Then one of the occupants of the car threw a half-eaten apple directly at me. The apple hit my foot and the car sped quickly down the street.

That was my first time encounter of racial hatred but it wouldn’t be the last.

I recount this personal story after having my full in the past 72 hours of what I consider yet again, an onslaught of prejudice, racism and bigotry. The news stories that involves the racist chanting fraternity (SAE) of University of Oklahoma, the 47 U.S. Senators who disrespected President Obama by sending a letter to Iran and another young unarmed black  male killed by a police officer is putting an ever glowing face on what millennium Jim Crow looks like in the year 2015.

We, as citizens of America must recognize and accept that overt prejudice, racism and bigotry aren’t only from one race, it is a part of the America fabric.

About two years ago, I was told by a Godly man who feared the Lord, that what we were witnessing in America with all the backlash of trying to push back the hand of time when it comes to racial equality and civil rights is fear.

“You see, dear, ” he said in his usual fatherly tone. “What we are seeing in America today is the Browning of America.”

It took me a second to realize his analysis was correct.

The effects after 9/11 and the election of President Barak Obama has put the small pocket of American citizens who don’t want to see progress into a tail spin.

One example of this tail spin has rattled into one form, such as, the Tea Party.

The man of God continued with his explanation of the Browning of America.

“…The Browning of America isn’t what racists or bigots planned on seeing. To know that their children and grandchildren aren’t afraid to engage in dialogue with others, upsets them. This generation does not care about color or social standing. And they have no objection or fear of marrying or having babies with people who don’t look or think like those who hate. ”

Looking over past history, we know that South Africa had its apartheid, but America just won’t let go of hers.

The Browning of America is here to stay…so, get over it and let us learn to love thy neighbor as thy love thyself.

In Him Alone

 

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