President Mandela

This morning the Wichita Eagle headline read:  WORLD MOURNS NELSON MANDELA.

I join in that mourning as well as the celebration of a life so committed to the long walk to freedom
and so devoid of bitterness after twenty-seven years as a political prisoner. It is important to
remember that the U.S. was the last country to take President Mandela off the “terrorist list”
in 2008, eighteen years after his release from prison.  In my opinion, this country has NO IDEA
how racist we are and how “white privilege” along with white money still rules in the U.S. just like
in apartheid South Africa.  We are all masters of denial and self-deceit. No wonder we support
the Israeli government’s racism and continued violations of international law.  No wonder we
continue to practice “targeted assassination” so often inflicting tragedy upon innocent civilians
with our increasing use of drone attacks.  We praise President Mandela with words but our
actions speak a louder and clearer story of violence and racism.  I pray that our country will
make decisions based on our hopes for justice rather than upon our fears of “terrorism” and
the loss of white power and white money.

About Michael

Born in Quantico, VA. Went to high school in southern California, BA from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, MFA (writing and literature) from the U. of Montana. MDiv from San Francisco Theological Seminary, Graduate Certificate to teach English as a Second Language. Have six books of poems published. Have given workshops/readings/or taught at Wichita St. U, Friends U., Tuzla Medressa (Bosnia), U. of Latvia, Laisma Middle School (Riga, Latvia), plus several states in the U.S. Live now in Wichita, Kansas.
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