Wednesday, October 22, 2008
H.I.M. Haile Selassie, On RACISM (a dedication to a racist I know)
His Imperial Majesty Halie Selassie's Address to the United Nations 1963
"That until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned: That until there are no longer first-class and second class citizens of any nation; That until the color of a man's skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes; That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race; That until that day, the dream of lasting peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion, to be pursued but never attained"
His Imperial Majesty, Haile Selassie, I
TIME Man of the Year 1936 (Not just anybody wins this)
To this day I experience real racism. Those of you who know the author of this blog know that I struggle with issues that can pull a family apart. Half of my family is Filipino, my closest friend is Mexican, I have lived with with Caucasians, Colombians, and Chinese. I went to an international school as a youth (Burton International, Detroit, MI). I am a Congolese, dark skinned, black African, born in the United States of America.
I have to address this topic because it is real, and it is ugly. Racism can allow you to become delusional. It can separate you from your closest friends and even your own children. Because I am Black I am hated. No matter what I do. This is a fact that although I can live with it, it is still hurtful. For many, many years in an attempt to do what is righteous and true I have stood firm in the belief that we are all God's people. I am here to teach a lesson. If you hate because of skin color you are cowardly and weak of heart. You will not be able to live a full and meaningful life, and people will not like you. I feel sad for all the racist people of the world.
Blacks were slaves in America not too long ago (25% were Congolese) but now we are on the eve of an election that could have a Black Man sitting in the White House. END RACISM today. Peace, love and unity for all people.