Sadly days of discrimination have not ended
by Paulette Winter
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I've never felt the effects of discrimination based on my skin color until recently.
I've never been a prejudicial person. I love people, whater color they are. Skin color does not make the person. At least, I don't see it that way.
A person's character goes much deeper than the color of his/her skin. Who you are comes from your heart. The Bible tells us "to keep thy heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life." (Proverbs 4:23)
A discriminating attitude reveals the true condition of a person's heart. How can anyone look at another human being and see them as less than they themselves are just because of a minor thing like skin color?
In my own sheltered, little world, I thought the days of discrimination ended years ago when slavery was outlawed. But I've had my head in the sand.
We are ALL made in the image of God.This is the basis for our dignity, no matter the skin tone.
God used His creative powers to give the world a skin kaleidoscope when He created men and women in His image. The Bible says, "Let's make man in our image ..." (Genesis 1:26)
The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit created mankind in Their image. God is Spirit.We are spirit.
Our body is our house or tent that our spirit dwells in upon this Earth. Not only are we different colors, but we also come in various sizes and shapes.
Like houses that have different colors of paint on the outside, we have different colors of skin on the outside of our dwelling.
There are people in our "Friendly City" who are not getting hard-earned promotions simply because of their skin color. This is deplorable and unlawful! How degrading! How unfair!
This is the 21st century, not the 19th! Have we not progressed at all?
I have also learned that being Caucasian can have its price. I am learning it through personal experience. In some cases, you can only befriend non-Causasian persons up to a point; then they draw the line that can't be crossed. That, too, is sad, degrading and unfair.
It's especially prevalent in our churches where it should be non-existent. We need to see to it that Martin Luther King Jr.'s indictment is no longer true -- so that "11 o'clock on Sunday mornings is no longer the most racially divided hour in America.
We are products of an imperfect world and while we are living upon this Earth, it will always be imperfect. We shoujld at least TRY to change the things that we CAN change. This is one of those things.
Over the years, many nationalities have mixed together. We have all descended from more than one nationality. It hasn't stopped to world from turning yet.
God looks at all people as equal. We should also.
Is equality just a word that will never beomce a way of life? Is quality of life based upon color?
Children sing this song in churches across America -- "Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world; red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world."
Many children grow up to become discriminating adults in all professions and faiths.
Love is supposed to be color-blind. But, in reality, color keeps us from loving and being loved.
Our Creator must be very grieved. I feel His grief. How about you?
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Sadly, I have to agree with you. Discrimination is alive and well. It may be getting better but we have miles to go. I don't know your race, and it doesn't really matter, but I am sorry you were treated badly. People may never get that skin color is just skin color, and it really is all about what is underneath. Thank God He looks deeper. We need to learn how to do that better too. Thanks.
excellect article in my opinion, I know how you feel and your right .