So it is written, so let it be done: regardless of race, color, creed, origin, heritage, political or sexual persuasion, it has been legally acknowledged, in the wake of malice aforethought murder, Amazing Grace and Supreme Power — all of God’s children, should be free at last, except women.
Whether celebratory reception or hateful backlash, shall we now let go of the past, its symbols and welcome women into our national transformation from inequality to equal economic opportunity – for is it not possible, the entire universe is working in mysterious ways: Iran nuclear deal, the climate change that is Pope Francis I and potentially history fulfilling elections; most of which are moving us away from the supremacy of any, over another – except for ERA ratification.
The city of Charleston, the State of South Carolina and most of Americans across our United States have demonstrated, if not God’s grace, at least the embodiment of graceful perseverance, non-violence in the face of gun violence and the power of forgiveness in racial unity, if not gender equality – and still, like Mother Emanuel’s lost souls, more mothers, daughters and sisters, pay the price.
Although it was a long time between King sermon and Obama eulogy, let us build on how far we’ve transcended from Dixiecrats after Lincoln’s Emancipation, to flip-flopping to Republican Right Wing thinking after Kennedy/Johnson Civil Rights Act and, although knowing the race is not yet won on the streets of American hearts and minds, when the son of segregationist Strom Thurmond stands up for taking down 1960’s anti-integration Stars and Bars, much has been overcome, though less so for women.
Historically, all of America’s transitions have been filled with extremes from either side of doubt, violence, hate speech, political rhetoric, misleading platitudes, and the misuse of flags and other symbols to ignite and excite the gamut of misguided emotions, failure to think rationally for the good of all, and treason against reason.
Could our journey from Sandy Hook to Charleston have transformed us finally, from flag waving Open Carry group-speak to being exceptional living examples of our Constitution? Could we, in November 2016, transform from a nation divided by gerrymandering, gridlock and gender inequality into a united people embracing, learning and benefiting from every segment of We the People?
In tragedy, we often find cause to define mental health as transgression, instead of asking ourselves the crucial questions, seeking more than temporary shallow answers and knocking at the door of peaceful co-existence for in-depth solutions.
But fear not, for no matter which side of herstory or history you stand, in a United States of America we are still pretty much free to be as insulting, loving, hateful, friendly, giving, greedy, forgiving, vengeful, good, bad, ugly, faithful, antagonistic, honest, deceitful, pro-life, pro-choice, disrespectful at funerals, or even civil toward our fellow human beings – and, most of us can be 99% certain, we probably will not be enslaved, chained to a post and whipped or massively thrown into private prisons for hating those who don’t look, think, vote, worship or love the way we do.
- Wednesday 17th, six women, three men shot to death in Charleston
- Monday 22nd Composer James Horner dies in plane crash
- Thursday 25th U. S. Supreme Court saves both Obamacare and Fair Housing Act
- Friday 26th SCOTUS rules for Same Sex Marriage, endorsing Love thy Gay Neighbor as thyself.
Like thirteen days of October 1962, thirteen days in June 2015 have both challenged and fortified those of us who choose to listen, welcome and allow exceptional equality to be well with our soul.