“RACE” IS A GOD THING!
By Maynard Taylor
First, a little background. We all know this but seldom, if ever, think of it. God created Earth as the only planet in the universe that sustains life. It is the ONLY planet that has oxygen, the right temperature range, water, sunshine, and ground nutrients to sustain all races of humankind, all animals, all plant life, and all sea life. So, for the record as of this date and after centuries of exploring the universe, NO OTHER PLANET HAS BEEN DISCOVERED THAT WOULD SUPPORT LIFE! The fact that God states He knew you BEFORE (Jeremiah 1:05) you were in your Mother’s womb, He knew you WHILE (Romans 8:29) you were in your Mother’s womb, AND He knows you AFTER you were born (Matthew 10:30 and Luke 12:07) to the point He knows the number of hairs in your head. The good news is if you are on earth in ANY Country, of ANY “Race”, of ANY Color or ANY Language; it is because God wanted you here! We should be forever grateful that God provided US the opportunity to experience living. “Earth” is the only planet that supports humankind’s existence!
Second, the only people responsible for you being here are your biological parents and God. I had nothing to do with you being born. You had nothing to do with me being born. None of us had anything to do with another’s stature, color, race, mental capabilities, where you were born, when or which century you were born, or which Country you were born except God and your parents. The world has five major races. They are American Indians or Alaska Native, White/Caucasian, Negro/Black, Mongolic/Asian, and Australoid. Science informs us that each of us would be classified in one of these five (5) races. The old cliché of “You don’t get to choose your kinfolks” is an accurate truism. So, is it not dumb and useless for us to attempt to hold one another “hostage” because of a race? WE DID NOT CREATE OURSELVES!! OUR GOD AND EARTHLY PARENTS DID! Therefore, if you do not like your race, color, or the Country you live in, you should not blame others. Have a Heart-to-Heart talk with your parents and/or God.
Third, who is responsible for continual racial unrest. Four key things keep racism in the forefront.
Number one on the list is Government elected officials. Including Local Cities, Counties, States, and Federal positions. They help create the racial tension and unrest so they can promise you to fix it IF you elect them to office. Some of the fixes cost billions of dollars and the citizens get the bill through higher taxes and/or they add it to our debt which is now over 23 Trillion dollars. The history is there. They have been trying to fix it for 150 plus years. Each elected official when he/she is sworn into office with one hand on the Bible repeats the “Oath of Office and must sign it before witnesses”. They swear to uphold the Constitution and Amendments of the US of America so help them, God. Now how many elected officials who swore to uphold the Constitution and amendments have broken their oath in the last six months? My guess is most of them. Most of the racial unrest is the result of elected officials creating racism for their own personal political gain. Take note that racial tension is always higher during the election year. Some government leaders create the situation just to attempt to win votes by promising they are going to fix it. Well, they cannot fix it. It is a “God Thing” and all they do is create havoc, spend a lot of money and the taxpayer pays the bill. If an elected official or candidate decides they can exploit “Racism” to enhance popularity, power, or increase their odds of winning, they will do it and care less who they hurt during the process. Our elected officials are the leaders in “Reverse” discrimination. This election year, some political hopefuls are promising if they are elected, they will tax us 70%. That leaves only 30% for you to get an education, get married, raise your children, build your dream house, buy cars, pay tithe, retirement, etc. This must be the new modern-day form of slavery. Your slave master is the government and we are the slaves. There is no honor, respect, or caring with these money-hungry, power-grabbing politicians.
Number two is the news media. I hope you are aware of rating systems for print, Radio & TV. The higher the ratings in the electronic media the higher the price of the commercials. The higher the circulation numbers of a newspaper, the higher the price of the ad. The media has lost the art of reporting core news. They omit or delete many facts. Instead of true news you get opinionized news, indoctrinated news delivered in a manner to earn higher ratings. They twist the facts into their own political favors. Many times, they ignore the facts completely and you hear what they want you to hear. EVERY, AND I MEAN EVERY organization that has the responsibility of law enforcement knows three ABC’S about the area they patrol and fight crime!! A/They KNOW who the repeat offenders are. B/, they KNOW their personalities, meanness and assault methods, physical strength, and how bad they are. C/, They KNOW which officers and peacekeepers on their staff are best trained, qualified, and capable to handle these dangerous situations or person(s). Consider the officer(s) who is responding to a gunfight with the knowledge that casualties are on the ground. He also knows the minute he arrives on the scene the gunfire will be targeted toward him. The saddest part, when the ordeal is resolved, the microphone in a reporter’s hand and the incomplete, inaccurate, and racist reporting can be more dangerous and hurtful than gunfire he was facing earlier. We have jurors, lawyers, and judges to determine who is guilty, how bad, the fines, and/or how long of a prison term. We do not need to know what a reporter’s opinion is, who his friends are, what political brand he wears or what they think, etc.!!! Just give us the true, core facts and we will decide whether we wasted our time listening.
Number three is the “hate” attitude. An indisputable truth is you cannot teach and practice “HATE” year after year and expect “PEACE” to follow. IT WILL NOT HAPPEN!! Every word from our mouth and every action we perform can promote Hate and/or Peace. When we give an eight-year-old child of any race a banner to display for any reason that promotes one group/race of people over another, you are teaching and practicing hate that will last a lifetime. What happens when your child was told to hate his/her best friend at school during a protest rally? Different races have been around forever. God intended for different races to populate the earth. Race origin is a “God Thing”! To hate each other because of race is to question God’s authority and purpose for creating mankind. Hate will not go away if our words and actions continue to teach it.
Number four is the “I have had enough” attitude: Which includes but is not limited to favoritism, unfairness, freedom of speech, taking our rights away, the restraint element, changing amendments to favor one group while taking rights from others in the process. American Citizens are keenly aware just some Americans have the right to protest, free speech and the right to march and burn cars, and businesses, to loot stores and they keep their hero statues while destroying others. While the citizens are forced to accept and pay for laws that are disobeying the ten commandments and against our beliefs is certainly a reproach to man and God. We have such a lop-sided, unfair, and grave unfairness leadership in America that some of our lawmakers should be charged with Constitutional Treason. The Constitution should be followed as written and intended, not to interpret to favor political parties or power control. Good-hearted, hardworking Americans, who usually do not complain, have had enough! Many of us who have been quiet too long will begin to exercise our “Freedom of Speech”! Now ask yourself this question. Who has brought “Racism” & “Civil War Monuments” to the forefront? It was not your neighbor, nor your local Supermarket, nor your favorite fashion store, or Church, or your place of employment.
How much do you know about the “Civil War”? Here is a short recap. (Source: Statista – Number of Military fatalities in all major wars involving the United States from 1775 to 2019.)
THE WAR DATE NUMBER OF AMERICAN CASULTIES
THE GULF WAR 1990-1991 258
VIETNAM WAR 1965-1973 58,209
KOREAN WAR 1950-1953 36,516
WORLD WAR II 1935-1945 404,399
WORLD WAR I 1917-1918 116,516
SPANISH AMERICAN WAR 1898 2,406
AMERICAN CIVIL WAR 1861 – 1865 620,000 TOTAL CASULTIES
MEXICAN AMERICAN WAR 1846-1848 13,283
WAR OF 1812 1812-1815 20,000
AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY 1775-1783 25,000
PLEASE TAKE NOTE. ALL THE SIX WARS COMBINED AFTER THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR TOTALS 618,304 AMERICAN CASUALTIES. OF THESE, 20,000 WERE AFRICAN AMERICANS. THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR HAD 620,000 AMERICAN CASUALTIES WHICH IS MORE THAN ALL SIX WARS COMBINED. (SEVERAL HISTORICAL REPORTS LIST AN ADDITIONAL 400,000 MISSING IN ACTION WHICH WOULD PUT THE FINAL TOTAL NUMBER OVER ONE MILLION AMERICAN CAUSALTIES.) IF THIS IS THE ACCURATE NUMBER, THEN THE TOTAL NUMBER OF AMERICAN CASUALTY IN THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR IS MORE THAN ALL THE OTHER WARS COMBINED TO DATE.
THIS UNDISPUTIBLE INFORMATION DEMANDS THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS.
- DOES THIS GREATEST LOSS OF AMERICAN CASUALTIES OF ALL WARS NOT DESERVE OUR RESPECT, HONOR, AND REMEMBRANCE?
- IS THIS WAR NOT DESERVING AND WORTHY OF THE STATUES THAT WERE PLACED IN OUR CITIES, COUNTIES, AND COMMUNITIES DECADES AGO?
- SINCE THE CONSTITUTION AND AMENDMENTS PROTECT SUCH HISTORICAL ARTIFACTS AND GUARANTEE THEIR CONTINUANCE, WHAT SHOULD THE PENALTY TO EACH GOVERNMENT ENTITY THAT HAS ALREADY COMMITTED A CRIME BY DESTROYING, TAKING DOWN OR REMOVING CIVIL WAR STATUES? ($3,000,000.00 IN FINES AND RECONSTRUCT TO ITS ORIGINAL STATUS WOULD BE A STARTING POINT.) I INVITE YOU TO READ ALL 25 PAGES OF THE “MONUMENT PROTECTION ACT”. AND ALL ITS CONSTITUENT PARTS! ALSO, SECTION 100.2.1. “THE PROTECTION OF MONUMENTS.”
- SHOULD WE CONSIDER FOR EVERY CIVIL WAR STATUE REMOVED WE ALSO TAKE DOWN ONE OF THEIR STATUES TO BE EQUAL AND FAIR TO ALL CITIZENS?
- WHAT SHOULD CONGRESS, SENATE, ELECTED OFFICIALS DO TO RENEW AND PROTECT OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF “FREEDOM OF SPEECH” FOR ALL, EVERY CITIZEN, EVERY ORGANIZATION, EVERY RACE, EVERY RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION, ETC., ETC.
ONE OF MY FAVORITE QUOTES IS “IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO KNOW WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW”! YOU CAN NO LONGER CLAIM “YOU DON’T KNOW”! YOU ARE DULY INFORMED, REMINDED, AND PROVIDED A WRITTEN COPY. THIS ARTICLE IS AN EXAMPLE OF ONE PERSON EXERCISING THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT OF “FREE SPEECH”! HE WHO HAS AN EAR, LET HIM/HER HEAR!!
Maynard Taylor is currently serving as a Commissioner on the Burke County Board of Commissioners. He is one of sixteen children and has been married to his wife, Shirley, for over 56 years. He is a member of First Baptist Church in Hildebran and has served as Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, and Deacon. He currently serves on various boards and committees in the area.
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