It’s The Same Old Song Still Being Sung! Racism!

When I turn on the television and watch and listen to what’s being said, or as I read the newspaper and my eyes gaze upon what I’m reading, my mind and my heart realizes that it’s the same old song, only now it’s being sung by different people. But are they “really” that different? “Not Really!” The only thing that has changed are the people that are singing that “same old song.” They are the children, grandchildren and greatgrands of the ones that whipped, murdered and hung us “Black” folks’ forefathers from trees. The history books do not tell the “true” stories about the degradation that “my” forefather’s were exposed to. Truthfully, the reason for that, is due to the fact that our school systems, throughout this country, are basically controlled by the children of the very ones that beat, battered, raped, and murdered our forefathers. They do not want the “real” truth of their forefather’s depravity towards another human being to be exposed. How sad and very frightening to even have to think about such things happening to another human being.

How is it possible that in a land that “professes” to be largely a “Christian” land could such “depravity” have been possible to exist? Guess what! It’s still existing! Wow! Why? Jesus Christ “Commanded” that we “love” each other. Where is that “love?” You should “love” me and I should “love” you for that’s the way God planned things to be. Why? For it would bring “Peace” throughout humanity. The word “love” is spoken but not given. Man’s “inhumanity” towards their fellowman is shaking their fist at God. Wow!

What the world needs now is “love” sweet “love” for that’s the only thing that there’s just too little of. This world is heading towards self-destruction and it seems like there’s no stopping it now. It’s just a ball of confusion going on. How and why is this possible in a land that professes largely to be a “Christian” land? But is it? Evidently it’s only “lip” service, and not “heart” service going on. “Wow!” One’s “actions”, not one’s “words” reveals what’s “really” going on within one’s heart. One day “many” are going to hear “Depart from me ye workers of iniquity for I know ye not!” Wow! “Lord have mercy! Truthfully, I find it to be very confusing that in a land that has so many churches existing within it, that so much “hatred” could be in existence. How is that possible?

What’s “really” going on and will it ever stop going on? Evidently, America needs a “serious” heart transplant. Truthfully, the entire world needs one. Wow! Like the songwriter said “What The World Needs Now Is Love Sweet Love, That’s The Only Thing That There’s Just Too Little Of!” Where Is The Love?

This country is most definitely heading for “Self-Destruction!” Racism releases the curse of death indiscriminately from one race upon another. “Racism” is the spirit of death which is destroying our cities, and it has for its entry point the stronghold of racism and cultural contempt in the people. Why are “we” hated so badly? Is it due to the fact that “our” very presence in this country is a constant reminder of the murderous evil which their forefathers committed against and towards another human being? Just asking! What has “Civil Rights” really accomplished in this country? There are two things that evolved from the “Civil Rights” Movement. First, it broke the legal impasse in America as it dealt a powerful blow against the stronghold of “prejudice” in our land. Let us not forget that it was largely the “Black” church that spearheaded this assault against racism. In spite of the oppression set against it, the black Christians had grown sizable and strong. Like all other believers, they were imperfect; yet Jesus Himself was their captain. Where is that “loud” voice now? Why has that voice grown so “silent” in the midst of the enormous “racism” that is still going on throughout our country? Right here in our own city of Newburgh there is not a “loud” voice coming forth from the church re: these issues. Why not? Usually one’s “silence” towards something means that they are in “agreement” with whatever that something is. There is no “cry loud & spare not” voice coming forth from the church re: the many atrocities that are still being waged against us “black” folks.

Truthfully, I do believe that things are going to get worse instead of better, judging by what we see going on throughout this country. Recently, I was reading an article which asked is “Critical Race Theory” a way of understanding how American racism has shaped public policy, or is it a divisive discourse that pits people of color against white people? Liberals and Conservatives are in sharp disagreement re: that question. This topic has exploded in the public arena this spring-especially in K-12, where numerous state legislatures are debating bills seeking to ban “Critical Race Theory.” from being taught in the class room.

Wow! Why are they so against this information being revealed to the youth throughout this country? I guess it’s because they do not want the “truth” of their forefather’s inhumanity being revealed. Why not? Truthfully, it would make it more understandable how their inhumanity towards another human being, because of the color of their skin, is so dominant within their culture now. Apples do not fall very far from the trees that they blossom and grow from. Wow!

Let us not never forget the big “battles over reconstruction” in the 1880’s, which helps one to be able to understand how the ancestors of those people are now behaving today. Back then Southern officials ignored rising violence against freed people and passed new laws known as “Black Codes”, which controlled black people’s lives in ways that echoed slavery. Congress was then back in session, and Republicans were outraged. Many belonged to the party’s radical wing and had fought for years to end slavery. Now their goal was legal equality for black Americans, but the president and the Southern states were moving in the opposite direction. Republican legislators declared that Congress was in charge of Reconstruction. They passed the 1866 Civil Rights Bill to extend citizenship and legal equality, though not the right to vote, to African Americans.. Johnson vetoed the bill, arguing that freed slaves were not qualified for such civil rights as testifying in court, choosing their own livelihoods, and enjoying the same legal protections as whites. Republicans overrode the veto, the first time Congress had ever done this for a significant bill. Moderate Republicans, alarmed by Johnson’s actions, moved closer to the party’s radical wing and strengthened its hand.

In this explosive atmosphere, Republicans wanted to put the fundamental issue of citizenship into the Constitution itself, beyond the easy reach of political adversaries. In June 1866 Congress approved the Fourteenth Amendment, which granted citizenship to any person born or naturalized in the US and prohibited states from denying any persons the equal protection of the laws. It revoked the 1857 Dred Scott decision that declared blacks permanently ineligible for citizenship. Presidents have no role in the amendment process, so Johnson could not intervene.

Republicans won decisively in the 1866 midterm elections. With Republicans even more firmly in control, Congress passed the Reconstruction Acts of 1867, which forced former Confederate states to ratify the Fourteenth Amendment before rejoining the Union and to extend the vote to all men, regardless of color. These states fostered the formation of interracial state governments throughout the South.

Despite the actions of Republicans in Congress, many white Americans did not support Black rights. They proved it in 1867 when they elected many Democrats to state and local office. Johnson was encouraged by these results. He took the daring step of firing the most fervent Republican in his cabinet. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, in violation of a recently enacted law requiring congressional approval for such dismissals. Congressional Republicans retaliated and impeached the president. They fell one vote short of removing him from office, but he agreed to stop interfering with Reconstruction. Johnson finished Lincoln’s second term, and did not run for reelection. In 1868 Ulysses S. Grant, the Republican general who had led the North to victory, was elected president.

Reconstruction was never going to be easy, no matter who was in charge. Most historians view Abraham Lincoln as a masterful politician. Many believe that if he had lived, he and Congress might have found a mutually acceptable way forward after the Civil War. Instead, Andrew Johnson, a white supremacist, occupied the White House. Ironically, though some of the steps he took were costly for black Americans, the very political impasse he created also propelled an irate Congress to pass landmark legislation and amendments that granted black equality, citizenship, and voting rights.

Here we are in 2021, and “racism” is still very “alive” throughout this nation, but so very many do not want to acknowledge that to be so. That is the main reason why “Critical Race Theory” is not desired to be taught throughout our school systems. They do not want those “ghosts” from the past to ever be revealed. “Why Not?” “Why Not?” “Why Not?” “One Should Know The ‘Truth’ For The ‘Truth’ Hopefully Will And Can Set This Country Free!” “Truth Crushed To The Ground ‘Always’ Eventually Rises Up Again!”

This is “Lillie’s Point Of a View” and I’m just having my say, now you can have yours. “PEACE!”

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