THOUGHTS FROM JACKIE: “What’s Changed?”

THOUGHTS FROM JACKIE: “What’s Changed?”

There are so many stories of hurt & pain experienced by Black people. The shame is not one Black person over 30 needs to look to a history book to share a story of prejudice. They have their own story of mistreatment and unfairness. I’m often angered when I have someone trying to ask me why I’m bringing up the past as if racism is all but over. The brutality people are experiencing at the hands of the police is getting the same responses brutality got in the 40’s, 50’s and so on. The racism experienced on jobs and in other environments is simply more covert, but it hasn’t gone anywhere. As Jane Elliott asked at one of her sessions on race, “If racism isn’t an issue how many of you White people would want to be a Black person in America?” To date she’s had no takers. So one group can live in denial and continue to enjoy privilege. Meanwhile the other continues to learn the power of the Holy Spirit as the exercise forgiveness. If the Bible is true there will be a reckoning. I don’t rejoice knowing people will eventually have to pay for their injustices and ignor-ance. I do, however, rejoice in knowing that God sees all and forgets nothing. I coined my own phrase years ago which is, “You may be getting away, but you are not going to get away.” Sooner or later unrepented wrong has to be answered for. So I guess something did change. I learned to love hateful people. Much Luv!


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