Are You Ready to Dance?
In the October 2012 issue of Rolling Stone magazine, veteran musician Bob Dylan said “the stigma of slavery ruined America” and he doubts that the country can get rid of the shame because it was “founded on the backs of slaves.” He added “[Americans are] at each other’s throats just because they are of a different color,” adding that “it will hold any nation back.”
Wow! I am so excited about Dylan’s comments because he recognizes that our present is still connected to our past. I agree that our country does suffer shame over its slave history, which prevents us from making greater strides to improve our racial and social situation. But I don’t believe America is ruined, however, she is severely wounded. We must understand that the white and black relationship in America is a partnership between these two groups, and as such both must change the way they think about themselves and each other in order to remove the stigma of shame they hold in their psyches. How many times have you heard blacks just need to get over slavery? Sorry, but one group isn’t to blame just as the answer is NOT in changing the attitude of just one group. Instead, it’s a joint effort because of the partnership they are engaged in. You’ve heard of the saying, “It takes two to tango.” Well, the white and black relationship is very much like dancing. Only through the combined efforts of America’s white and black citizens can their relationship improve. They must both be willing to change. Are you up for the challenge?
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