I want to thank everyone who participated in the Black Lives Matter – so All Lives Matter conference calls. I have learned so much from all of you. Many of you know, I wrote the book A Journey into Value Systems: Cracking the Genius Code. Black lives matter struck a deep chord with me and is a big part of my value systems. I was concerned about how racism has affected my life in each of the value systems: career/personal development, emotional/mental, family, financial/wealth, health, physical, social, spiritual.
I started reviewing most of my past experiences regarding racism. I would look at the events in all of my value systems. It didn’t take long to realize that all of my value systems have the racism infection. From way back in time, kids teasing about the color of one’s skin (social values). If you were too light or dark in the shade of your skin, you got bullied. I can recall some of those old teasing I endured about being too dark. Many black children played the race card and did not even know the damage they were doing to the other person. Kids in how they program their subconscious mind and what they accept as truth can be cruel at times. Many people have deep wounds and scars from their childhood that haven’t healed. The common unhealed emotions are hatred, anger, frustration, sadness, rage, stress, fears, and jealousy.
When I started to put racism through the value system program, it became evident racism is a systemic behavior that has impacted all the value systems throughout our society. It has affected American corporations, health care systems, housing, policing, economics, the school systems, the social internet, our government, how American history is presented, and the Constitution. When I hear people say, “I am not racist,” my thinking is, “How did you escape racism and not get infected?” Many of us have learned how not to display racist behaviors. But, the racist card is there to play at any time, depending on the situation. My experience says, “Racism is an American human experience.” It is the ugly side of Americans.
Learning not to get caught up in emotions is the key to remaining sane and removed from racist behaviors. Earlier, I mentioned a list of unhealed emotions such as hatred. When the feelings of hate are attached to racism, it will become dangerous. People who energize themselves with hatred lower their spiritual vibration and weakens their body’s immune systems. Don’t believe me? Just hate someone for a week and see how you feel in body, mind, and spirit. The emotions of hatred and rage can be a deadly combination to where someone is seriously injured. Hate and outrage have been commonplace with police brutalities against male black Americans.
The founding fathers of the Constitution in 1776, did they mean what was said? “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that their Creator endows them with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Many of the founding fathers were slave owners. Enslaved men and women of those times were not equal at all. Slaves were suppressed by brutality and given the life of poverty.
However, did the Constitution’s authors spark a new way of thinking, believing, and behaving? After two hundred and forty-five years, we are still struggling with life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and equality for all. I’m looking for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness the founding fathers saw in The United States of America.
I started thinking about Abraham Lincoln and why he was shot and killed. It drew my attention to Lincoln’s Presidency dates: March 4, 1861 – April 15, 1865, the civil war was April 12, 1861 – May 9, 1865, and Congress passed the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, abolishing slavery on January 31, 1865. I remember learning President Lincoln freed the slaves. But I never drew the civil war connection and the Thirteenth Amendment to the President and his assassination.
I have heard about white privileges in various stages of my growing up but didn’t start taking a good look at white benefits until the insurrection of January 6, 2021. There are people in the United States who believe they own the country because of their race. Their mental attitude is, I am part of the collective that owns this county. “We are the ones with stars on our bellies!” I learned a lot from Dr. Seuss’s youtube video “The Sneetches.”
The privileged influence the government (state and local), jail systems and police systems, all the military plans, college and public school systems, and our history books, to name a few things.
I want to thank the former President of the United States because he helped us see America’s ugliness and helped sixty percent of Americans see a better way. He brought a lot of people’s racist issues to light. All the value systems are here: career and personal development, emotional and mental, family, financial and wealth, health, physical, social, and spiritual. There are many challenges and solutions ahead to brighter futures for everyone, not just a selected few, the ones with the stars on their bellies.