A review of race history in America is a mix of hope and of fear; rights and wrongs; in short and in truth a mixed story. Today, we confront that which was wrong. Still, we should do so not in erasing yesterday. But, rather in learning from it.
Facing Fear Toward Tomorrow by Michael Doyle With only five percent of the world's population Contained and constrained within our bordered nation Twenty-Five percent the world's convicts are in prison This then is not the freedom most would envision How do we remedy the harm that that has been done Bringing us back as a people of liberty unified as one Sets of choices made that must be wisely understood If we are to have a righteous nation decent and good The Thirteenth Amendment granted clear emancipation Of all from slavery across the width of our great nation But there were exceptions of criminality allowing for servitude That were vastly exploited and now explode with their exactitude With the end of the Civil War, legal shackles shattered But then also the economy of the South was left tattered As then, economic devastation did grow and loom The wrong answer taken led to America's first prison boom The Birth of A Nation was released as alleged art and commentary The few truths, if any, were broad based and fragmentary Leading the descent into the unrighteous culture of fear And an avoidance of allowing the "other" anywhere near Burning unholy crosses in front of innocent homes And 350,000 Klansmen in Democratic Convention were not alone Who will ever be able to explain to the survivors of Emmett Till Why exactly some felt his death was some kind of righteous kill Segregation and the punitive laws of ole Jim Crow Relegated American blacks into second class shadow With the greatest indignity, a thousand points of light Spread their resistance peacefully to fight for human rights After decades of hearing the word that they must learn to "wait" American black people arose to use forceful love to defeat hate The wait that always meant never made justice an unfamiliarity Used in action to exclude brothers and sisters from God's family Justice too long delayed until all but totally seeming denied Was the predicament for all those who had tried and cried Seeking only to live equal with all their neighboring Americans This then was that something that could not be allowed to stand (c) June 18, 2020 Michael Doyle All Rights Reserved