In the month of July when we celebrate America’s independence, our nation’s 241-year old experience in democracy is in grave danger, not from without, but from within. Russian hacking of U.S. elections, North Korean nuclear threat, nuclearized Iran, terrorism, and global cyber attacks, are certainly real and present dangers. Yet, our nation, since its founding, has consistently mustered the courage, and capacity to resist nearly every threat— from global communism, to Pearl Harbor, to the Cuban missile crisis, and more.
As with the Civil War, fought more than 150 years ago over slavery, America’s greatest threat comes from within. That threat is the unresolved, unreconciled, unrepented, unforgiven and unrestituted enslavement of humans. Lingering psychè damage impacts both Black and White Americans from the immoral and disgraceful system of trafficking in human bodies. The result is an inexcusable belief that non-White Americans, especially African Americans, are free according to laws of the land. Yet, they are not equal in the eyes, minds, and behavior of many Americans, and American institutions.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said: “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly”. This noble concept makes the very idea that white skin color, created by God, is superior to non-white skin color, both preposterous and blasphemous. It contradicts a core tenet of the Judeo-Christian ethic that all humans are created in the Divine image (Imago Dei). Further, it negates what people of other faith traditions, and those with no faith, view as universal human dignity and worth. (Huffington Post)