The phrase “for all” is inclusive. “For all” means we aim to provide and protect liberty and justice for all individuals regardless of gender, race, economic status, political ideology or religious background.
Wehave had so many wars over these words. Heck, we have even fought each other over these words in a civil war. It seems many of our founding fathers’ words as clear as they are written, are still misunderstood and deeply flawed in our actions. So forgotten is the phrase “liberty and justice for all” that we have been presented yet another opportunity to refine our ways and reform our systems. What an important year to be human.
As a young man I attended New Mexico Highlands University and played football and baseball. Our small university allowed me to play with local friends, Hispanic and white. It also allowed me to play with Native American and African American brothers from around the state and from out-of-state. Before my NMHU years, I was around my mainly Hispanic community.
My minor at NMHU was Political Science and I took a course in multicultural history. Dr. Vigil went into great depth about Native American, Mexican American and Black History. I was deeply ingrained in learning that semester. Most of my history lessons before that were of white European conquerors written by white historians. It wasn’t until college, and courses like Dr. Vigil’s, that I was extensively educated on the great suffering people of color endured, and still endure. It wasn’t difficult for me to arrive at the conclusion: these are my brothers, and they have been horribly mistreated.
I rely on my Christian faith to lead me forward, holding close to John 13:34, “Jesus said to his disciples: “Love one another even as I have loved you.”
Right now, every African American needs to know that we stand with them as brothers and sisters. It is our will to get busy standing together, listening.
I will share my thoughts concerning our Native American brothers and sisters, followed by Mexican Americans in the near future. Additionally, I will be joining a forum, hosted by my friend Curtis Spencer, on social injustice. I will keep you informed on progress in making a difference regarding this longstanding issue.
This newsletter is dedicated to Sandra Bland. I hope everyone can read the book, “Talking to Strangers” by Malcolm Gladwell and gain an insight how “we” have been trained to look and treat at other people.
Gary J Tripp