Letter: An open letter to my African-American friends

Jul. 27, 2013 @ 01:02 AM

To the editor:

I cannot imagine the long-held fears that have been passed down from years of abuse and terror that you feel. I am so very sorry for the actions of my ancestors toward your ancestors BUT remember the words of Joseph: What man meant for evil God meant for good. You live in the freest land in the whole world and in all history. You have opportunities that even you current brothers and sisters in Africa do not have. I know that because I have been there, and I have been to Haiti and I have been to Nicaragua. I have seen the abused and the downtrodden. I have seen the little children climbing over trash heaps to look for things to sell so they can eat. I have seen this and it breaks my heart. I do not see the prevalence of that here in America.

What I do see is a destruction of the family unit (father, mother and children) by the likes of the welfare system and the Democrat plantation. Yes, I said plantation because if you would just do a little history search, you would find that the Democrats supported the KKK, and the Democrats fought against Civil Rights. They are the ones who support PlannedParenthood (1/3rd of all abortions are black children), whose founder, Margaret Sanger, called blacks and the poor “human weeds.” She supported eugenics – the same thing that inspired Adolph Hitler and the Nazi Party. Now I will be the first to say that the Republicans have lost their way. They are trying to be Democrats, but the founding of the Republican Party was by Christian abolitionists. I say that not to promote a political party but to clarify a mistaken belief and to give the real history.

I want you to know that I am not a racist. As a child, I wanted a “rainbow” family of all colors so that I could teach them to look beyond skin color. There is only one race — human. All the rest is ethnicity and culture. It is stupidity and ignorance that keeps all of us in bondage to ideas that stifle us from succeeding. Life is not easy but you have been given a gift by being born in America. Take that and run with it. Do not let the likes of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton confuse you and lead you by your emotions, but celebrate the likes of Fredrick Douglas, George Washington Carver, Dr. William Cosby, Dr. Alan Keyes, Oprah Winfrey, Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Arthur Ashe, Dr. Ben Carson, Star Parker, Dr. Thomas Sowell, Dr. Martin Luther King, etc., etc., etc. and make them the ones you shape your life after. Remember God created you and knew you even before you were born and knew all of your days before there was even one of them. He did not create you for bondage again to fear. You have been given gifts in an exceptional country. Don’t be afraid to live out those gifts instead of living out your fears and anger.

In Christ Jesus’ Abundant Love,

April Bartlett

Lenoir