Justice for All Includes Members of the LGBT Community

There is no place in a civil society for acts of barbarism.   On, Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12, 2016  Omar Mateen, the shooter in the Orlando, Florida night club massacre, committed such an act.  Whatever his motives, his actions were wrong. There is absolutely no justification for the horrific act of violence he inflicted on innocent people.

According to media reports, the Pulse is a popular gathering place for members of the LGBT community.  Many believe that is why Mateen chose to attack the patrons there.  If that assumption is true, it is imperative that people outside of the LGBT community explicitly and boldly condemn attacks against LGBT people.

To eradicate injustice people of goodwill, who are not directly negatively affected by the unfairness perpetrated against an individual or group, must work alongside the oppressed to offer support and to eliminate the factors that cause suffering.  Such was the case in the fight to end slavery and Jim Crow Law in America.

The American abolitionists took measures to eradicate slavery at the risk of great harm to themselves and their families. They faced, and many experienced, death, incarceration, loss of wealth and status, and being ostracized by loved ones. Likewise, many non-Blacks who fought alongside the black activists of the 1950s and 1960s to end Jim Crowe Law suffered fates similar to those of the early abolitionists. Those who lived through the struggle recall the brutality that took the lives of the Freedom Riders-blacks and whites- and the suffering inflicted on all who dared speak openly against discrimination and who worked to eliminate racist practices in America.

Non-black abolitionists and Freedom Fighters had everything to lose and little to gain by openly joining blacks in the struggle for justice, a struggle we are still battling. Non-blacks were better positioned within their own core groups than blacks to highlight the errors in moral reasoning that facilitated oppression.  They used their positions to aid in the fight for black liberation.

Citing the Constitution and sacred texts they appealed to members of their own circles to stop the inhumane treatment of blacks. Blacks could not have won the battle alone because they needed access to resources they simply did not control.

As a result of non-blacks working alongside blacks in the struggle for liberation, we Blacks are beneficiaries of the following. (The list is intended to highlight some of the liberties gained by Black Americans. It is not inclusive and it does not address the institutional racism that still exist in this country.)

  • The right to vote
  • The right to receive a free and quality public education
  • The right to live wherever we can afford and to attend the schools of our choosing
  • The right to earn the same amount as our white counterparts
  • The right to drive or walk in any neighborhood without threat of illegal incarceration
  • The right to receive treatment at any hospital and to be treated by competent medical staff
  • The right to eat at any restaurant and to shop in any store

Young Americans and those new to the country,  tend to take the aforementioned for granted. However, those of us who lived under Jim Crowe Law remember well that just a few decades ago many things on the preceding list were not the norm for African Americans. Those things came about because of the sacrifices made by people from all walks of life working together to change America for the better.

Similarly, the time has come for all Americans of good will to openly oppose violence against members of the LGBT community. To keep silent is wrong and the potential consequences are grave as expressed in the following quote by Aleksandr Solzhemitsyn.

“In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.”

 ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956

God, grant us the courage to stand for justice for all even when we are not personally affected by the injustice.




Posted by on June 17, 2016 in Inspirational


Six Things I Want from Political Candidates, regardless of party affiliation

1.  Don’t engage in petty arguments.  

2. Don’t hurl personal attacks at opponents to avoid discussing important domestic and foreign policies.  

3. Don’t make promises that we know you cannot fulfill.

4. Discuss and delineate your proposed domestic and foreign policy plans.

5.  Demonstrate genuine concern for the issues that are important to Americans. (I’ve got news for you: defending a bruised ego in a public setting is not appealing.  To the contrary, it makes one seem egotistical, easily offended, prone to tantrums, inconsiderate of others, and lacking the maturity to separate personal feelings from professional responsibilities and to remain focused under pressure.)

6. Focus on serving the common good; not on destroying opponents by insulting and or slandering them!!!!!

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Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Inspirational


The Other: Part of Us

human trafficking

  child labor


Bigotry, inequality, and injustice are fueled by the drive to acquire and maintain economic, political, and social advantage-power. Even when race is not a factor brutal oppression exists. World history and current events confirm the truthfulness of the preceding  claim.  


Wherever humans are there are efforts by individuals and group(s) to exploit, marginalize, and subjugate others-women, children, the poor, old people, and those physically and or mentally challenged- who share the oppressor’s ethnicity .  

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If we humans fail to acknowledge and deal with the fact that oppression of one group by another is a universal human phenomenon, then systematic and systemic oppression will continue, and the gross a middle passage slave shipinjustices of the past, like the African Diaspora and Holocaust, are destined to be repeated.                                                                   

God help us all!

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Posted by on February 17, 2016 in Inspirational



Bell bottoms, hip-huggers and hot pants

Polyester pants, mohair sweaters, leather jackets, suede boots and wool skirts

Black and blue, brown and orange, yellow with red polka dots

plaids and stripes, patchwork and straight lines

boys- looking and laughing, smooth talking and exciting!


Mini-skirts, halter tops and A-line dresses

Knee-hi boots and fish-net stockings

Mascara and eyeliner

Afros and beehive hairdos

Styling and profiling all for the boys!


Boy watching and boy attracting

Prancing up and down the streets

Dancing in the school gym

Smoking cigarettes and walking to school

Scoping and hoping to get noticed!


The Temptation, The Supreme and Ike & Tina Turner Revue

Jerry Butler, Marvin Gaye, Al Green and Isaac Hayes

Mary Wells and Aretha Franklin

James Brown, the Isley Brothers and Junior Walker and the All-Stars

WAMO, transistor radios and sweet soul music!





The Drive-in Theater, Highland Park, Kennywood Park and the Black Arts Festival

Gimbels, Kaufmanns, Joseph Horne, Lerner Shops, G.C. Murphy and McCrory

Fifth Avenue, Penn Avenue, Washington Boulevard,

East Liberty, Homewood, Rankin and Braddock, Downtown

Places to go and so many people to see!


Dancing, singing, reading, and writing

Dreaming, walking, happy and hopeful, playing foolish and potentially hurtful pranks

Trusting, naïve and far from being centered

Forward looking and believing all things are possible!

Goal setting, planning, working; goal setting, planning, working; goal setting planning, working…!



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Posted by on December 17, 2015 in Inspirational


2015 Second Sunday in Advent

Source: 2015 Second Sunday in Advent

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Posted by on December 7, 2015 in Inspirational


A Litany of Thanks for Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Almighty God unto whom all hearts and minds are open and from whom nothing is hidden, you are Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer of life. Please accept this litany of thanksgiving.

Thank you for meeting our basic needs and for blessing us to enjoy and some comforts.

Thank you for the beauty and diversity of nature.  All of nature testifies to your awesome creative power.

Thank you for the arts and sports that entertain inform and inspire.

Thank you for good, loyal and nurturing friends, family and pets.

Thank you for the energy, determination, optimism and strength of youth and for the experience, patience and persistence of the aged, and for the wisdom of both.

Thank you for the marvels of modern medicine and technology.

Thank you for your amazing grace that forgives our sins against you and that makes it possible for us to forgive others.

Thank you for using some of the most unlikely people and unusual circumstances to fulfill your purpose.

Thank you for turning tragedies into triumphs and for calming chaos.

Most of all, thank you for Jesus-Author and Finisher of the Christian faith!

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Posted by on November 24, 2015 in Inspirational


A Litany of Thanks for Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Almighty God unto whom all hearts and minds are open and from whom nothing is hidden, please accept the following thank offering.

Thank you for another opportunity to participate in your reconciling, resurrecting and restoring process.

Thank you for the resiliency of the human spirit.

Thank you for America, a land of great opportunity and despite its shortcoming it is one of the greatest countries on earth.

Thank you for the freedom to criticize our government without retribution-this is a freedom denied to many.

Thank you for activist past, present, and those still to come, who through selfless actions have lived the call: Justice for all!

Thank you for the abolitionists who fought to end Slavery in America (please do not allow their great sacrifices to be forgotten or taken for granted)!

Thank you that in America there is freedom of religion!!

Thank you for the witness of the American Africans who survived the dehumanizing system of slavery and for those who have thrived in spite of living under the hardships imposed by Jim Crow Law.

Thank you for the thousands, if not millions, of Europeans who stood against Hitler’s reign of terror. May their sacrifices be forever immortalized.

Thank you for the survivors of the Jewish Holocaust who are living testimonies to the power of the human spirit to overcome evil. Their compelling stories remind us that evil is alive and well.

As always, thank you for Jesus-Author and Finisher of the Christian faith.



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Posted by on November 17, 2015 in Inspirational