We've come a long way towards the American Dream
A group of Americans (diverse) joined together this evening to watch the historical documentary - Freedom Riders: American Experience. Among the group were actual participants who now reside in the area and have been honored for their courageous action during one of the most violent periods of the Civil Rights movement. The success of the Freedom Riders was a triumph of non-violence over violence. All Americans should be proud of the progress that has been made over the past 50+ years! All Americans should be proud - but a small minority is not. Our churches and good Americans are still working on overcoming the remnant of this horrible part of American history. Freedom Riders joined the original Freedom Riders from all over the country - even California! Those who participated knew that Americans represent all races, religions, creeds, and are brothers and sisters through love, truth, and non-violence. The Freedom Riders proved that there were fair minded white people who believed in The Constitution. No one could paint the white race with one broad brush ever again in the 'black' community. The Freedom Riders brought UNITY to the majority of Americans.
My community is like a true cross section of America - the United States. Peachtree City and Fayetteville - and many southern communities will continue to be role models for peaceful living among diverse Americans. I firmly believe that when and if American history is taught honestly - including the contributions of ALL AMERICANS to the greatness of this country - race will not be an issue in politics or any of our American institutions. The world continues to believe in the American Dream. We must change the separation of Red States and Blue States - which are pathetically lined up as they were during the days of the Civil War. Mr. Kennedy (Robert) announced to the world that the mobs in the 60's represented only a minority of the citizens of the south. It took some time for that statement to ring true. We are closer to MLK's dream today - the dream of citizens reacting to the character of a citizen rather than the color of his/her skin - and this we, the citizens of these United States, celebrate. Many churches and other organizations in Fayetteville preach and practice botherhood daily - not just on Sunday. Hallelujah!