Today's blog comes from one of my mentors, Dan Sanders.
I want to start off my saying that I hope everyone had a great and especially safe 4th of July.
July 2nd 1776 a day we seem to overlook when we celebrate our 13 colonies separating from British rule. It was actually on July 2nd that we declared our independence. In fact, the only reason that we celebrated on the 4th is the declaration had been debated and revised sounds like not much has changed in congress since then. But the wording of the Declaration was debated and finally approved on July 4th. A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail.
“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires”
Two words that stand out there to me are “ God Almighty” and unless God Almighty drove like an idiot on his stage coach down a dusty trail while drunk on moon shine then we have totally forgotten that part along with the actual day being the 2nd day of July.
Another part of our history we seem to have forgotten is. “With liberty and justice for all, written in The Pledge of Allegiance in August 1892 by the socialist minister Francis Bellamy.
Liberty and justice for all did not specify you had to be a particular color or of a certain belief.
Jamie Foxx seems to have forgotten all the above as he wears his Trayvon Martin T-shirt at the BET awards. It seems to me that justice for all does not include a major celebrity trying to sway the justice to suit his own beliefs. Highly visible people like Foxx have the ability to make people think, Wow if he’s against George Zimmerman who is accused of taking the life of Martin unnecessarily, which, in fact, he may have.
However, that is up to the courts to decide. And if the jury finds Zimmerman innocent then wearing of that T-shirt by the bigot Foxx will still be the bigger thing to outlive. By the way, the definition of a bigot is a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion. Jamie Foxx, in my opinion, is a bigot who is basing his opinions not on fact but color.
In 1980, I wanted to move my mom a full-blooded Cherokee from Virginia to Boston. I was asked if that was really a good idea because of the prejudice she may encounter simply because she looked Native American. I am lucky in some way because I look like my dad who was Irish. Man is that look admired here in the most Irish city in America.
Years ago, I was sitting at a bar and listing to a white bigot putting down black people. I couldn't take it anymore and asked what he thought of Native Americans, the answer was they should all be shot. I then informed him of my heritage while dumping my beer over his head. Enough said on that.
So last week we celebrated the 4th of July, we believe in liberty and justice for all. And of course, I hope we believe in our justice system and the words innocent until proven guilty. Jamie Foxx has convicted George Zimmerman simply based on the color of his skin. George Zimmerman may be guilty but do not use your celebrity, Foxx, to convict him in the eyes of Americans. Bigotry in any race is totally unacceptable. Justice is blind, and that also hopefully means color blind.
Check out Dan's latest podcast here: http://dbsanders.podbean.com/2013/07/