Thursday, February 02, 2006

Way past time, but let's call for a Truth and Reconciliation

Ethan Velely-Flad has written a powerful editorial essay, which appears on the third page of the January-February issue of Fellowship magazine. In "Calling the Shots," he writes about recent instances of tragic racism, in one case ending in a NY police officer shooting a suspect in a counterfeit media network, allegedly because the victim was African (Black). Another incident, which seems to have been lost in the media oceans, is that American military troops allegedly had an infant in the scope of a laser sight on an automatic weapon.

What I find both appropriate and necessary is Fellowship's call for a national Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This seems to me to be the best and most comprehensive step toward healing, one which will not be immediate; however this step should not be delayed. We must do everything in our power to stop the deception, the division, the procrastination, and face each other, as difficult as it may feel or seem.


At Friday, February 10, 2006 1:06:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this topic is a double edged sword. While I agree that race issues are getting really old and tiring, and that people should be treated equally especially by people in power. I also think that a lot of people cry wolf to get ahead, or just for the sake of doing it. In florida last year a black girl in elementary school attacked several students and a teacher. Police were called because parents could not be reached and the child could not be calmed down. They cuffed the child so she would not hurt herself or anyone else. But because the officers were both white, riots started and people all over the state were screaming racism. Despite the fact that if that child had been white there would have been no issue about it.

The key to ending racism starts at home. When people stop being a steriotype they will stop creating the atmosphere to be one. And that goes for everyone, no matter what race, religion, or sexuality they are.

Just my opinion.


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