Thought for the Day October 18, 2014: Racism

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Home Church International Thought for the Day: Racism

Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome. Rosa Parks (thanks to brainyquote.com)

Racism is a refuge for the ignorant. It seeks to divide and to destroy. It is the enemy of freedom, and deserves to be met head-on and stamped out. Pierre Berton (thanks to brainyquote.com)

By the 1960s, many of us believed that the Civil Rights Movement could eliminate racism in America during our lifetime. But despite significant progress, racism remains. Bill Cosby (thanks to brainyquote.com)

Racism isn’t born, folks, it’s taught. I have a two-year-old son. You know what he hates? Naps! Denis Leary (thanks to brainyquote.com)

Racism caused the death of millions during WWII, Jews, Poles, Czechs, Russians, you name it. One man’s hatred caused it all. Now there is a divide between Muslims and the rest of the world. The Jews in the main have been driven from Iraq by Muslim extremist. Now, Muslims are murdering Muslims. This needs to stop.

When I was in high school, I brought a good friend home. My mother pulled me aside and whispered in my ear, “He is a Mexican.”

I broke out laughing. I didn’t know that my mother had a prejudicial bone in her body. She was born in the mining towns of Utah. In fact she was born in a tent in Silver City Utah in 1901. So I knew from where her prejudice had come.

But my town of Salt Lake City had plenty of prejudice. The Ute Indians use to come in town in the fall and sell pinenuts which they roasted right there on the street. They were dressed in Indian regala and the kids love them. But then a bunch of prejudicial crap-heads forced the city to ban these poor folk from making a living.

When I was about four years old, or five, my dad took me to the under-the-street restroom on Temple Square. There were two black men working in the restaurant, shining shoes and passing out towels. I had never seen a black man before. But something deep within me said that things were not right, that these two men were relegated to a meager living. Blacks could not stay in many Utah hotels.

You have to be taught prejudice. And there were plenty of attempts on me and my friends.

I have one more story.

When I went to Fort Sill, Oklahoma in 1950 we got leave so we jumped on the bus headed for Lawton, Oklahoma. Being Utah boys, we went right to the back of the bus. The bus driver immediately stopped and started yelling at us that the back of the bus was reserved for Blacks.

In Lawton, I was surprised to see that the restrooms and even the drinking fountains were segregated.

As for the bus, a group of GI’s from New York City through the bus driver off the bus and drove the bus back to Fort Sill.

koreanThe troops were still segregated at Fort Sill but Pres. Truman soon ended that. We were fully integrated in Korea and I had five black Americans in my platoon and they were excellent soldiers. One of our men died when the quarter-ton truck he was driving delivering ammunition to our mortars went off the road. His blood was just like ours and I still think about him often.

Like Bill Cosby said, despite progress, we still live in a world of prejudice.

Right now the divide is growing between Muslims and the rest of the world.

You know what happened in Germany because of Adolf Hitler’s prejudiced against the Jews.

We must do everything we can to read our planet of prejudice because of a different skin pigmentation.

John

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