I, like many other white folks, bristle when accused of “white privilege” I did not grow up rich. I had to work if I wanted anything. I did not see the privilege. Then I got to know some black friends and witnessed that they were treated differently. They were good people. Our only difference seemed to be their color.
As I considered this, I realized that it was not so much that white people shouldn’t be treated well, but that my black friends should get the same “privilege”. Some of us don’t consider it a privilege but fairness, basic human rights.
I have been blessed with friends of different colors and ethnic groups. They are people who work hard, people who care, who love their families and their country.
I have been a soldier wearing my uniform who was refused service because the soldier I was with was not white. Thank God much has changed. But bias persists.
Each generation must fight against bias, whether by the majority or the minority. But understanding only comes if we get to know one another as people, not categories. We can’t live in the past but we can be informed by it.
Now for a Lighter Note
I want to share with you information about a very good, but unusual music CD. It’s called Rythm Country & Blues. It has R&B and Country artists teaming up. Following are a list of the pairings.
Vince Gill and Gladys Knight
Al Green and Lyle Lovett
Aaron Neville and Trisha Yearwood
Little Richard and Tanya Tucker
Patti LaBelle and Travis Tritt
Sam Moore and Conway Twitty
Clint Black and the Pointer Sisters
Natalie Cole and Reba McEntire
Chet Atkins and Allan Toussant
The Staple Singers and Marty Stuart
George Jones and B.B.King
If you are curious some of those duets are on YouTube. I enjoyed the music myself.
Logic- the ability to be wrong with confidence.
How do you get down from an elephant? You don’t get down from an elephant’ You get down from a duck.
A survey has revealed that cigarettes are the most significant cause of statistics in the world today.
Never answer an anonymous letter. Yogi Berra
What’s the definition of minor surgery? An operation performed on somebody else.
Time is said to heal all wounds, so is the bellybutton a notable exception?
This week I share only a little of my wit and wisdom. I am sharing others’ wisdom and humor. It is so good and there is so much out there about which to think and laugh. Let’s start with some pictures you may have seen before.
You smell like a nose.
Sibling Rivalry Incognito Kung Fu Kitty
Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. Proverbs 16:24
If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we have lost the future. Winston Churchill
No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency. Theodore Roosevelt
When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property. Thomas Jefferson
What’s blue and not heavy? Light Blue.
What’s blue and smells like red paint? Blue paint.
What’s orange and sounds like a parrot? A carrot.
Horse sense is the good judgment that prevents horses from betting on people. W.C.Fields
I’m not a vegetarian, but eat animals who are. Groucho Marx
If all is not lost where exactly is it?
I like sleep. It’s a bit like death, but without the commitment.
I knew I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early. Yogi Berra
Have a wonderful Easter weekend and Following Week.
The people of earlier generations are often seen as wholly evil, bigoted or clueless. But that is an unfair bias of those of us who live in the twenty-first century. True, we have made great strides in human rights. But that did not start with us.
Even back during the settling and founding of the U.S., there have been people working for fair treatment of native people, women, black people. In those times they were working counter to the status quo.
The progress we have enjoyed often started with persons of conscience willing to stand for the minority point of view. Though progress was slow and much evil and injustice has been our history the voices for human rights and fairness were not silenced. They are an important part of our history too.
Like all nations, our history contains both bad and good. We need to acknowledge all of it, not just the part with which we personally are comfortable. The main point I am trying to make is that there have always been good people trying to do the right things. And if we have the courage to stand for what is right in our generations our children and grandchildren will be our beneficiaries.
( In future blogs I’ll share about those good people in our history.)
WOW! the northern lights
The early bird always gets the worm. So remember- you’d be an idiot to be an early worm.
Never knock on death’s door. Just ring the bell and run away. He hates that.
Always give 100% whatever you’re doing. Unless obviously, you are donating blood.
Remember-things are never impossible for those who don’t have to do them.
Saint Patrick the patron saint of Ireland was not Irish. When sixteen years old he was captured and enslaved by Irish pirates. After six years he was able to escape and return to his family. Later, after he became a cleric, he returned to Ireland where he had been enslaved, as a missionary. He is credited with converting Ireland to Christianity. It is not hard to celebrate such a man.
Give things a fair look.
Give people a fair shake. Assumptions and stereotypes cause more trouble than they are worth. I remember as a teenager I read about General George Custer in our history book. Mostly it was dates and battles information. I wanted to know more.
I read My Life on the Plains by Custer himself. He was the hero of the book. Then I read Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown and saw another view of the story. Since then I have come across further information to aid my understanding. My point is this. One source history can be similar to a one source stereotype. To give history or people a fair shake we need to not jump to conclusions or familiar categories or stereotypes.
Why so positive on your blog?
I was asked this by someone who knows me well and knows some of my circumstances have been less than positive. The injunction was to “be real”. I said, “I am real I just choose to live as positively as possible.” There is enough negative stuff all over cyberspace. We need more positive places.
Thoughts and Humor
Noah was a brave man to sail in a wooden boat with two termites.
He who throws dirt loses ground.
Well done is better than well said. Benjamin Franklin
I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. Thomas Jefferson
Take an I Love Beauty Break.
I love music. I love creativity and great vocals. As I have checked out music on youtube I have found some artists I didn’t know before but whose music I love. Check them out. See what you think.
Great vocalists in the U.S. Norah Jones and Rachael Potter
Great vocalists from the UK Louisa Johnson, Leona Lewis, and Ella Henderson
Great vocalists from Australia Dami Im, Reigan Derry, and Karise Eden
Great creative pianist from the UK Tokio Myers
Great creative pianist from Australia Chooka Parker
Great creative steel guitar player from the US Robert Randolph
So often we think of riches as things. But there are other riches. I would encourage you to look at your friends, family, and your experiences as riches. The parents and grandparents, the friends and family, the positive experiences in a lifetime should be appreciated…and valued. The older I get the more I appreciate the good memories, the great relationships. It shouldn’t be hard to be thankful for a mother’s love or a grandparent’s attention. Look around. Consider. You may find you are far richer than thought.
How much beauty can we see and not realize how rich we are?
Nothing is more significant of men’s character than what they find laughable. Goethe
An onion can make people cry, but there has never been a vegetable invented to make them laugh. Will Rogers
We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. Native American Proverb
The past is behind us, learn from it. The future is ahead, prepare for it. The present is here, live it. Zig Ziglar