I tremble for my country, when I reflect that God is just, and that his justice will not sleep forever.
This highly insightful and candid articulation was cited by one of the founding fathers of America; Thomas Jefferson. A man without a doubt is in conflict with himself.
The unmistakable conflict which dwelled deep within Mr. Jefferson was obviously born out of his highly insightful and intellectual psyche, and sense of moral consciousness, coupled with the stark contradiction to the very words in which he communicated, as he held human beings captive as slaves.
Much like Thomas Jefferson`s contradictory thoughts and actions, America has equally resided under the umbrella of conflict within herself. In conflict, with the moral principles in which she espouses, which cites; that all men are created equal, and are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights; among these are, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
The resounding conflict in which America has grappled with over the centuries, is that even though she has articulated tremendously lofty virtues and a high moral doctrine, she has yet to completely live up to these values.
America`s patently vexing conflict resides in the fact, that it remains utterly contradictory to espouse such a high moral doctrine on one hand, and manifest morally bankrupt behavior on the other; as in the case of the Trans Atlantic Slave trade, which for all intents and purposes served as a catalyst for the poisonous philosophy of racism; which we still bear witness to in the 21st century.
This exceedingly debased and decadent past has provoked some to damn her, and suggest for her annihilation while residing within the sovereignty of her borders; but one must ask, why would a person damn the very house in which they live?
Moreover, why would any rational or judicious individual seek to destroy the very house where they reside, merely because it is in serious disrepair, and without a doubt in need of renovation?
Now it remains without question, that America has perpetrated some of the most horrendously immoral acts upon people of African descent during its brief history; from the demoralizing use of human beings as chattel property during the course of the Trans Atlantic Slave trade; to the morally bankrupt legislation born out of the Jim Crow era; and modern day racism which surely still exist. These contradictions which have unquestionably put America at odds with the very virtues in which espouses, are not merely crimes against people of African descent, but crimes against humanity itself; and continue to require redress.
Be that as it may, it is my contention, that this house in which we all reside call the United States of America is undeniably in disrepair, and requires that every citizen within the boundaries of her sovereignty become unwavering in working toward her social, economic and political transformation; and equally work steadfastly in correcting the innumerable ills which afflict this house in disrepair.
As citizens of America, we can no longer simply use the apathetic excuse of not being political on one hand, while incessantly complaining about her on the other; nor can we continue to remain disconnected from her social, moral and political betterment.
It is incumbent upon us, to become intricate instruments in correcting her ills, and likewise become unwavering in the social and political transformation of this nation.
We must wake up, stand up, and get plugged in; so that the moral principles which are articulated within the Declaration of Independence, and the United States Constitution actually live up to their credo.
M. QUINN is a freelance journalist born in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Author of the books; Removing the Veil ", and RECOMPENSE A Matter of Human Rights ".
He is also the Founder of the Campaign to Remove the Veil"; which advocates incorporating a comprehensive study of racism into the academic system of American society, and making it a prerequisite for graduation. He specializes in social, political, and historical analysis and commentary.
THE CAMPAIGN TO REMOVE THE VEIL
REMOVING THE VEIL - THE BOOK
A MATTER OF HUMAN RIGHTS
A MATTER OF HUMAN RIGHTS - THE BOOK