Thursday, March 23, 2017

A PREAMBLE

"Only by acknowledging the full extent of slavery's grip on U.S. society--its intimate connections to present day wealth and power, the depth of its injury to millions of black Americans, the shocking nearness in time of its true end--can we reconcile the paradoxes of current American life."- Douglas A. Blackmon

Not wishing to cause anyone unease I would, nevertheless, recommend that the words above, humbly mooched from Mr. Blackmon's wrenchingly beautiful and important Pulitzer awarded book, "Slavery by Another Name- The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II", be used as a sort of qualifier, a preface if you will, or as a permanent motto like "All the News That Fits" sits on the masthead of the NYTimes; be programmed on each and every desktop of every computer and tablet and smart phone in America; on every local, state, and federal legislator's taxpayer bought stationery- design optional-; on every misbegotten blogpost;( in my younger and freshfaced days I recall the rebbe would always inscribe at the top of the letter or note he was about to write the hebrew letters "b/h'- for "blessed is God" or "with the help of God" - not so much out of a rigid religious dictate but borne out of a humble tradition making  "us" always aware of God in our daily lives and making whomever the letter was being sent to aware also -hopefully leading to that glorious day when all the world-well you get the idea, I hope ) until the scourge of racism is effaced from our hearts and minds forever.