Have you heard about this controversy? It's about a song composed by the legendary Rapper LL Cool J and Country mega star Brad Paisley in where they deliberately address well known topics about issues around racism in an attempt to have a meaningful conversation about them. The controversy was sparked because many people in the African American community felt that LL Cool J was disregarding all the suffering that went on around slavery and that he was willing to oversee that if Southern gentlemen were willing to overlook how an African American wears his clothes, walks, talks, and expresses himself in order to live in peace amongst one another. And Brad sang about the pride of flying the confederate flag which had nothing to do with disrespecting anybody, but having pride of where he's from and a popular Rock band that he loves. In other words, "don't judge a book by its cover!"
What did you think about this controversy? They say that it's been about 150 years since slavery was abolished, but that the attitudes or pervasive attitudes around it remain.
I experienced a jolt of that attitude just the other day when I was asked about the type of guy I wouldn't mind my daughter dating. At first, the question was subtle and I thought he meant personality character etc., but no, he got specific. He asked adamantly, "What if he had all good qualities, but was black- would you still let her date him?" Yes, the person asking was white. It was a teaching moment for me and I took it! I responded politely, "Love is the greatest gift God gave to us and if my daughter will know and have God's genuine love through any man regardless of their skin color, she will be a blessed person." I also informed him that I had nephews and nieces who were bi-racial and that I loved them unconditionally! That person turned a bit red seemed embarrassed, but I told him that I too looked through clouded eyes of judgment and not with a loving heart until I was taught differently. Each one of us is Divine!
We had a great conversation and I am hopeful that there are more positive conversations about this topic going on. If we are to remain resilient as a nation, we must try to get to a place where we can respect one another regardless of race, religious beliefs, sexual preference, music preference, culture, or economic status. Our strength is in our uniqueness and in our willingness to help us live in harmony within this beautiful nation!
With that said, "Put a little MaxPower into your life!"
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