American Society Upside Down
The devil is the author of confusion and lies. He told Eve the first lie: “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast which the Lord hath made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the Garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.” Since Eve’s ungodly encounter with the devil individuals have been lying to each other and creating untold societal confusion. Consequently, America is upside down, because of the extraordinarily high level of spiritual confusion, and lie-telling that exists in families as well as society in general. The basis of every society is family structure (s), and when family structures spiritually breakdown; society morally collapses. God’s will was for love to be at the center of family life as well as its spiritual cornerstone. In America socio-economic statuses have become the cornerstones of marriage and just maybe this is why the divorce rate is so high. Traditionally, men have been the breadwinners in families and women have been the homemakers. Long gone are those days, because of scientific-technological advances and high-tech workforce demands. For example, in 2022 America’s workforce is (56%) females and (44%) males. Therefore, since marriage and family life is an equal status-union, the question is where are the marriage partners for high status women; White or Black? Herein lies the Upside-Down societal problem. Money is at the center of family life rather than love.
Only 40% of the Whites who are in colleges and universities are White males, and 60% are females. In the Black community we have more Black males in jails than in colleges. Only 5% of Black men are in colleges and universities representing a sharp decline of Black males enrolled in colleges. Consequently, we are losing Black males at an alarming rate to the prison system. 72% of Whites finish college in 6 years, 56% of the Hispanics finish in 6 years, and only 46% of the Blacks finish in 6 years. Sadly, only 1/3 of the Blacks from the ages of 18-24 are in college compared to 42% of Whites. Former President Trump sought to make White Elite Colleges and Universities white again by reversing the Obama Administration Policy of considering race in admissions policies. Given America’s societal climate in the Black community women hold 68% of the Associate Degrees, 66% of the Bachelor’s degrees, 71% of the Masters Degrees, and 65% of the Doctorate Degrees.
Herein lies the marriage and family problem for American society since marriage is an equal socio-economic status union, rather than a spiritual union as ordained by God: where do high status women (Black or White) find male marriage partners? Unfortunately, both females and males have turned inward and become lovers of “self” rather than opposites attract. Hence, individuals should love self; but not be in love with self, because love is an inward outward expression; not an inward, inward expression, because: “God so love the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3: 16). Amen!
October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com
As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.
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