Another Time

Another Time

    "You are right in the conviction that the crucial period for my race lies in the future and not in the past…With my limited ability I see many things which tell me the Negro will have a particularly hard row to hoe in this country in the years to come and that the sooner he "makes the spelling bee the sceptre of national power” the better it will be for his health in every way. I thank you, judge, for this sentiment… (John Edward Bruce to Tourgee, 1891

    …It is true that our colored people wear "the shadowed livery of the burnished sun” and there is no social equality between the races, but the latter condition exists in every country where there are two or more distinct races of people… (Chief Justice Walter Clark of North Carolina, 1920)

Playing God, aw nah here we go
America the brave still fears what we don't know
And God loves all his children, is somehow forgotten
But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five-hundred years ago
I don't know

(from: "Same Love", Macklemore with Ryan Lewis, feat. Mary Lambert; Copyright Macklemore Publishing and Ryan Lewis Publishing, 2012. All rights reserved.)


We can look back in history, over the last one hundred and twenty or so years and ask ourselves: Were Bruce and Tourgee right? Why does it take so long for racial prejudice to end? Will it ever end? Both men firmly believed that a national citizenry, well educated about the problems inherent in race prejudice would help strengthen the country’s national resolve, morale, and overall well-being.
 
Over one hundred and twenty years have passed since these men expressed their views…are we any further along at this time?

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