I really don’t know what to say my friends. I was witness to a great tragedy I thought I’d never have to witness nowadays.
The first “R” rated film I ever saw was “Predator.” The second was “Glory.” Now, my father is the most kind and decent man I know on this planet. As well as a little macho. Always has been. He was an athlete in a southern league baseball team in college.
As an athlete in the 70’s things were already smoothing over from the Civil Rights Movement in the 60’s. Above all things my father could be called an Historian. His major in college was History.
My point I’m coming to is this my friends. Children now a days have normalized certain cultures as ones of their own though they are not. Certain words specifically.
I heard a certain word spoken hatefully the other day and I’ve been drinking whiskey in the late hours ever since. I’ve reflected on the dissonance, or removal of sorts, one would have to of the reality of an historically and culturally understood word as belonging only to the African American culture.
It rose a sadness in my soul. I have watched the movie Glory over a thousand times and it is not hard to figure out who the worthless human beings are. The hate, removal of any human value of character…it is an ill thing to behold.
War is an ill thing to behold. To see such a fantastically fine example of the struggle of man’s original sin on display moved my soul to anger as a child.
Yet the human condition as flawed as it may be is in us as a species that moves forward into time. Hence forth making it history and moments historians can pick a part.
Moments to learn from. Moments that above all else our condition can be beautifully put on display. Bravery, honor and for the love of the Lord, decency. My friends I am indebted to you every day when I get to see how diverse we are. The canvases you paint with words is a gift.
I treasure it with warmth. Not hate. My God where have we come from? Where are we now? It is 2020 ladies and gentleman. Let us not forget respect. Too much blood has spilled upon the soil beneath our feet in anger. So let us say kind words shall we?
I hope you guys don’t read my Twitter feed. Yeah, I say some rash things about the leader of the free world. Guys, he is a bully. I do not like people picking on, making fun of other people who can’t defend themselves. Other than that I’m a big dork. So thank you for this moment. You guys are cool and we’re cool together. So let’s be positive with each other.