Published in 1945. How poignant that the allegorical words still ring true today.
“In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.” ~ Angela Davis
Someone said the other day that in the past 400 years nothing has really changed. He was referring to racism, and I have been thinking about his comment for a few days.
In the big picture, people are still people. My husband Greg and I were talking about this after Bible study last week. We are studying the book of Isaiah, and all the problems Isaiah mentioned are still happening more than two thousand years later because of the innate evil of the human heart and soul. People then and people now were and still are greedy, power hungry, selfish, and are looking for someone else to step on to get ahead. That will never change.
History goes in cycles, and progressive thinking comes in waves. We had a brief period of Reconstruction in this country until powerful white supremacists tore that down. We had Black Wall Street until powerful white supremacists tore that down. We had the Civil Rights Movement until powerful white supremacists fought back against every gain that was made. We cannot become complacent, and we can never stop being vigilant because the evil ones and the Evil One are lurking in the shadows waiting for us to lower our guard.
However, I do see progress in the sense that the ones who aren’t afraid to speak out against injustice are more numerous. We have more than just Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and Audley Moore. We have more than Malcolm X, MLK, Jr., and John Lewis. As we just saw recently with Kamala Harris, there will be more Barack Obamas (in case you don’t know, I’m not referring to political parties). And did you ever think you would see the day that city and state officials would take down Confederate monuments that were erected for the sole purpose of intimidating Black Americans (not to honor soldiers as we have been led to believe)? That is definite progress.
We are living through a new cultural and spiritual revolution, not unlike revolutions of the past, and it is all of our responsibilities to beat down injustice as it was beaten down before. We will take a stand against all the white supremacists who have marched out of the woodwork, galvanized by recent hate-filled invectives, and we will win. Because we have to. Because God would want us to. Because He said to: Amos 5:24: “But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!”