agreements, Black History Month, brand of freedom, bypassed difficulties, constrained, disagreements, Emancipation Proclamation, hatred, injustice, Land of Opportunity, modus vivendi, not slaves, nothing new, oppressed, partiality, practical compromise, solidarity, stifling, stolen, The Constitution of the United States, The Declaration of Independence
There’s nothing new on this earth.
Year after year it’s the same old thing.
Does someone call out, “Hey, this is new”?
Don’t get excited—it’s the same old story.
Nobody remembers what happened yesterday.
And the things that will happen tomorrow?
Nobody’ll remember them either.
Don’t count on being remembered. – Ecclesiastes 1:9-11, MSG
Stifling Blacks' dreams -
Land of Opportunity's
- a haiku by Nadine Drayton-Keen
King Solomon was very wise. There really isn’t anything new in our world today. Not hatred! Not injustice! Not racism! Not sexism! Not ageism! Not religious persecution! Not political biases! Not partiality! Not anything that human beings communicate—especially if what they say or do expresses something negative or anything that is in opposition to God’s intended purposes for humanity.
Solomon’s “nothing new on this earth” truth/wisdom is capsulized in the three lines of my haiku poem that is in the above-illustrated haiku, which I have also inserted into this blog entry. The message my haiku conveys is that not granting the same degree/brand of freedom to American-born Blacks that automatically is given to Whites in America is this nation’s modus vivendi (way of life). Lamentably, the main problem with The Declaration of Independence, Emancipation Proclamation, and The Constitution of the United States of America is that, in America, the agreements stated in these documents have never been totally accepted by the majority of White Americans as a practical compromise between conflicting parties (Blacks and Whites). For sure, both parties have never truly bypassed their differences so that they both could peacefully exist as equally free.
Perhaps this truth is why something else that isn’t new in this earth—a display of solidarity—has happened on Facebook during the start of this year’s observance of Black History Month. Amazingly, as of 6:47 AM MST, the graphic that is below, which I posted on January 29, 2019, has been shared on Facebook, 6.2K (6, 266) and reacted to 163 times.
Now, while receiving this amount of shares and reactions is definitely nothing new for thousands of other graphics that people have posted on Facebook, this was the first time anything I posted has ever received 100+ reactions, as well as the first time any of my postings has ever received more than 4 or 5 shares. Astonishing blessings, especially since I am a non-celebrity (not a well-known actor, singer, musician, politician, activist, military veteran, published author, educator, mom, grandmother, great-grandmother, televangelist, follower of Christ, and etc.).
Even though I didn’t create the graphic or come up with the message in it (though I did edit the message a little), I am still honored that so many Facebook people with public and private share settings have shared my posting. For me, it is amazing the amounts of shares and reactions (the received like, love, laugh, wow, sad, or angry emojis) my posting has received, to date. Never in my wildest dreams could I imagine this happening.
I have no idea how many more shares and reactions this graphic will receive, but if it doesn’t receive any shares beyond the 6.2K (6,266) or isn’t reacted to more than the 163 times that were showing the last time I checked, I won’t complain. I am more than pleased with the number of shares and reactions God has allowed it to receive, to date, because the shares and reactions have demonstrated the kind of solidarity during Black History Month 2019 that I have never seen before now.
As I have said in my posted ‘thank you’ to all my Facebook sisters and brothers who shared “They Didn’t Steal Slaves” graphic that I posted, as well as have said in my other postings related to the above graphic, I am extremely grateful to Father God for favoring one of my postings. I acknowledge that, if He hadn’t allowed it, none of this solidarity or my first-ever large amounts of shares and reactions would ever have happened. To God Be The Glory!