Every morning I read the column in the local paper by Issac Bailey ... most days we do not see eye to eye on the subject. Most days he seems to be very anti "white" and very "pro black" this morning his words were RIGHT ON! I really enjoyed reading his column and I wanted to share it with you! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, if not sorry!
ISSAC J. BAILEY A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE
Exit niche, change the world
The Rev. Al Sharpton can change the world today ... if he joins forces with the former Duke lacrosse players who were wrongly accused of rape. Together they can help re-establish the lost ideal of innocence until proven guilty and fight justice system inequalities.
The boys were unfairly demonized, and Sharpton years ago led protests in a rape case that turned out to be a hoax. Symbolically they would make a powerful team that would be hard to ignore.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson can change the world today ... if he publicly forgives Don Imus. Jackson years ago was caught saying "Hymietown." Imus is roasting in the aftermath of his own racist comments. No better pair could illustrate the power and purpose of forgiveness.
The Rutgers' women's basketball team could change the world ... if its members began a speaking tour on high school campuses and told young girls they are not the helpless victims a sympathetic public is trying to make them out to be. No one is in a better position to help the younger generation recognize that being called a dirty name today is almost nothing in comparison to the days when black men were lynched in the public square. What better way to illustrate that young people can - and will - determine their own worth, no matter the circumstance, no matter what some strange man behind a microphone says.
Black people could change the world today ... if more of us began to believe that there is no shame in nappy, kinky hair. Too many of us believe the lie that only a particular skin tone and hair texture make you beautiful.
CBS Corp. can change the world today ... if now that it has fired Imus, it also pressures its colleagues at the Black Entertainment Network to stem the tide of demeaning videos flooding the airwaves. If it's not acceptable for an old white man to make disparaging remarks, it shouldn't be acceptable for young black ones to make them either. What's more demeaning? A shock jock making a joke about "nappy-headed hos"? Or a video by a top black rapper smiling into the camera while placing a credit card in an intimate part of a half-naked black woman's body?
Activists can change the world today ... if they realize that getting loudmouths fired won't advance equality. It is like trying to defeat terrorism by trying to shoot all the terrorists. It may resemble progress but only makes the fight harder.
You can change the world today ... if you love when others demand you hate.
The world won't change until we elevate selfless courage above moral outrage.