Rep. Cynthia Davis, R-O'Fallon has added her two cents to the racism debate that is going full force across the country.
In her latest capitol report, Mrs. Davis criticizes those who are playing the racism card, and notes that race problems in this country are a thing of the past. Not only is she not prejudiced, she said, but some of her best friends are black people.
And to hammer home her point, she posted a picture of her with one of her black friends:
I love a great debate. The national congress is providing our country with lots of content for dinner-table conversation. However, when some play “the racism card” it destroys our community and national spirit. This is becoming especially common when people lack the logic to back up their positions or beliefs. As we have been watching the public debate concerning the destiny of this country, I am most disappointed in the decline of civility and the insult slinging. The most offensive part about name calling is that it implies we can read the minds of others.
The former president Jimmy Carter made news by his vitriolic and inflammatory remarks when he accused Americans of racism. When he told NBC News-anchor Brian Williams in an interview last week, "An overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man," he needed to clarify that those were his thoughts, not others, especially since nobody is capable of knowing what is in the heart of another person.
While it may be possible for some to have racist thoughts, most people I know consider it a topic that has been resolved and reconciled in the hearts of everyone that cares. Racism may have affected some people decades ago, but now that we are in a new millennium, the only people trying to perpetuate racism are people who are still trying to live in the past or those who are intentionally trying to stir up unrest.
Even 30 years ago when I was attending college in New York, I did not see any racism. I played the piano for two choirs—the youth choir at Pilgrim Baptist Church and “His Voice” on campus. I was the only white person in the bunch, but they treated me like one of them. Of course it probably helped that I played the piano with the right amount of soul. I have seen the day when people are judged not by the color of their skin, but on the content of their character (and for some, their musicianship). To this day, if anyone is in the Capitol and needs to be accompanied on We Shall Overcome, Never Alone, I'm On the Battlefield for My Lord, or Lift Every Voice, I could be ready in less time than it would take to roll out the piano!
God created mankind in His image. Therefore all human beings are valued and respected because they bear the image of their Creator. If all people are descended from Adam and Eve, then our differences are only related to physical features, which have no bearing on our value as people. Furthermore, the Lord commands us to love our neighbor and over 70% of our country still claims to be Christian. I don’t know who wants to promote racism, but it is not coming from people who fear God and adhere to what is taught in the Bible. Perhaps Jimmy Carter should acknowledge he speaks for himself and get help with his personal prejudices.
Here is the bottom line: We have far too much to work to accomplish getting this country back on track than to allow ourselves to be distracted by those who are being divisive. Making petty and false assumptions about what others may be thinking will send us down a destructive path. If we are going to be able to pull ourselves out of this recession, it is going to take us working together, helping each other and rolling up our sleeves. Everybody has something valuable to contribute, so let’s do what they suggest in the song, America the Beautiful, “and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea”.
Your thoughts are important to me, so please let me know what you think about racism.
(Photo: Cynthia Davis with her friend, musician Larnelle Harris)