From: Larry Jackson
The United States of America is an exceptional nation, the envy of the world. Over the years America has brought aid and comfort to millions of people. When an epic natural disaster occurs, it is the U.S. that other countries turn to for aid. The U.S. is always there first with the most.
America is not perfect. Even as the world’s beacon of light, it has some history that is disturbing. The treatment of Native Americans, slavery and the post-emancipation Jim Crow laws as well as the World War II internment of Japanese-American citizens are periods that must be viewed with shame and regret.
Yet, it is evident that never in the history of mankind has a nation done more to right its wrongs. People from around the world try desperately to reach Americas’ shores. The U.S. is recognized as a land of hope, charity, freedom and opportunity.
How astonishing it is that we hear from some liberals in our minority groups that their life in America, and in particular, Columbus, is miserable. It doesn’t make sense. They can reside, work or play anywhere they choose regardless of their race, religion, country of origin.
Is it really that bad? They are never going to enjoy the peace and justice they have been denied in the past, and are now guaranteed, if they continue making unwarranted and unreasonable demands. In today’s America, there is nothing holding any minority person back except possibly their own prejudices or mindset. It is time for the liberals of our minority population to stop hiding behind the skirt of discrimination and so-called white privilege. For the sake of their next generation, they need to stop making excuses and living in the past.
I urge young minority adults (18 to 25 years of age) not let the liberal fringe negativity influence their goals and aspirations by their constant beat of the discrimination drum. The last thing they want to do is drink self-pity, I’m-a-victim Kool-Aid.
The deck is no longer stacked against; the train to success is leaving the station. They should hurry to get on board! It will be one of the best decisions they will ever make.
Even with the freedom and rights we all enjoy, young minority adults will encounter a few ill-mannered and rude people along the way — everyone does. There is a word to describe this experience: life.
When one starts realizing some of their goals and aspirations, a word of advice: never brag about nor apologize for accomplishments, and always share the benefits of success. Rights are guaranteed, but not respect, which one must earn. The way one conducts himself and their good deeds will define who they are, not the color of one’s skin.