By Roy Douglas Malonson, Publisher
Muhammad Ali once stated that, “Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.” I couldn’t agree with the former Heavyweight Boxing Champion more.
Recently, the Acres Home Chamber for Business and Economic Development held its Monthly Business Networking Luncheon. There, the Chairman of the Houston chapter of the National Black United Front, Bro. Kofi Taharka was the keynote speaker. He addressed a variety of issues that have invaded and plagued our communities. As such, I was reminded of one simple thought, “People are Just People”!
Oftentimes, we get excited of the idea of being around dignitaries and those who society has labeled as, “the elite”. But at the end of the day people are just people. After Bro. Kofi’s delivery I reminded the attendees of the luncheon of how there remains a grave indifference of division amongst our communities, schools, churches and more importantly our nation. This division creates strife and animosity within our youth, adults and seniors.
An excerpt from Kathryn Stockett’s poem The Help reveals the following:
“Once upon a time they was two girls,” I say. “One girl had Black skin, one girl had White.” Mae Mobley look up at me. She listening. “Little Colored girl say to little White girl, ‘How come your skin be so pale?’ White girl say, ‘I don’t know. How come your skin be so Black? What you think that mean?’ “But neither one a them little girls knew. So little white girl say, ‘Well, let’s see. You got hair, I got hair.’”I gives Mae Mobley a little tousle on her head. “Little Colored girl say ‘I got a nose, you got a nose.’”I gives her little snout a tweak. She got to reach up and do the same to me. “Little White girl say, ‘I got toes, you got toes.’ And I do the little thing with her toes, but she can’t get to mine cause I got my white work shoes on. “’So we’s the same. Just a different color’, say that little Colored girl. The little White girl she agreed and they was friends. The End.”
I included this poem in this editorial because although simple in words the meaning has a profound effect. Addressing our loyal and faithful readers of African-American News & Issues I would just like to propose a question. In the event, that a serious life-threatening illness was to come upon you and you were in dire need of an organ; would you ask of the race, nationality, origin, denomination of faith or sexual preference of a donor, before you received it? Considering that this would be a life or death situation, I would assume not.
Therefore, I can only hope that we will soon wake up and see that life is about more than titles, denominations, race, gender, sexual orientation, status and such. However, if everyone were to pull together to work toward one common goal, we could really move forward and accomplish a lot.
Continuing, I would just like to reference the words of Bro. Kofi Annan who relayed the thought that, “Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity. Racism can, will, and must be defeated.”
We MUST Understand that, one fact remains true and that is at the end of the day; no matter how light or dark you are, if you are cut red blood will bleed just as the next man. Because at the end of the day people are just people and that will not change.