In 2015 the Sixth Sunday of Easter falls on Mother’s Day.
Although we may not have the power or privilege to be racist, we do have the power to stand up for what is right.Now it’s time to put that left fist up and get in formation.I know it seems like we are at the bottom of the barrel or that we are no more important than the gum on a shoe, but that is not the case. There are those out there raised on racist ideologies and beliefs that will try to put us down and tell us that our issues and our voices are not important. We must remember when faced with adversity that institutional racism is very much alive, but that does not mean that it cannot be overcome.We must remember not to let hate seep into our souls and corrupt us. How would it look for us to take on the characteristics—the hate—of our oppressors?African-Americans made up 42 percent of stops on the New Jersey turnpike, yet others claim we are being whiny when we bring up past and current discrimination.
I know how it feels to proclaim that “black lives matter” and have someone have the audacity to claim that “all lives matter,” as though I was implying they did not.Now this is not to say that minorities cannot be prejudiced or practice discriminatory behaviors because they definitely can and have done so.Bigotry, the stubborn intolerance of any race, creed, belief or opinion different from one’s own, can be practiced by any race.That definition was not found on Tumblr or Buzzfeed, but good ole Merriam-Webster.The system of racism begins with a race designating itself as superior to another.If we can see ourselves in this position, then we can see ourselves being recipients of the love that is God.