By Jueseppi B.
I understand where you are coming from.
When I was a lot younger I was in the newly-integrated U.S. Military and I had a lot of conversations with black people – – – fellow soldiers and airmen – – – who were prone to remind me that “I could never understand.”
This sure as hell didn’t mean that I didn’t WANT to understand because I do want to understand – – because I happen to love – – yes I said “Love” – – everybody regardless of what is on the outside.
I am speaking of the kind of love that holds a dying young man in one’s arms speaking soothing words and praying through hot tears while the paramedics take their time in coming to the scene.
I am talking about the kind of love that a wonderfully kind-hearted old black lady named simply “Mama” had for me when I was broke and alone on the streets of a major American City – – – she took me under her wing and kept me fed and saw to it that I was protected among a vast number of people whose skin was a different color than my own.
I don’t probably “Understand” but I sure as Hell would like to be able to “Understand” because I cannot understand how anybody in their right mind can mistreat another warm and loving human being just because they might look different or be better at shooting hoops or at singing – – or a lot of things – – –
I have had the love of black people shown to me when I was in the hardest spot in my life – – – and that is something that I CAN understand – – –
What I can’t understand is how so many others are so damned blind to humanity and love and caring and sharing and still they have the gonads to call themselves such names as “Christian?”
Now there is something I really CAN’T wrap my head around.
NOT Understanding Racism….. And NOT wanting to either…….