Many will not take the time to read this, because of its length. I for one am
glad I did. Well written, Keith and well said.While I am a
middle-aged white man who has never endorsed bigotry or racism in any form,
sometimes I feel defensive about the special treatment and deference afforded
minorities. Earlier in life I was indeed discriminated against as employers
filled "affirmative action" quotas. I sometimes wonder, what would be
the backlash if someone wrote a similar article entitled, "America's white
freedom fighters: Heroes proved in liberating strife."I
understand that our society still has far to go in getting past prejudice and
arriving at the point where all people are just people. Living in the south, I
am aware that racism - from all races to all other races - is still alive and
well.I yearn for the day when we don't have to talk about it, when
it is a memory, as distant as the inquisition or the crusades....But
I understand that in order to get there, we must remember. And I appreciate
Keith's remembrances and history offered here, as well as the great
contributions of people of color to this nation.
This is very moving and an excellent reminder about some of the obscure
defenders of our freedoms. Thanks to Bishop Hamilton for sharing it with us.
Keith, Thanks. Wonderful piece. My gratitude and deep respect to you and all
veterans...today and every day.
Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. If we remember this history,
we shall not have to repeat it, I pray. My eyes teared up as I read, my hands
shook, I thought, my children, who are part Native American, have not ever known
these things. Can it be so hard to see one another through eyes directed to the
soul? Can we put first the content of their character, the kindness of their
heart, the sound of their laughter, when we see others? Thanksgiving is coming,
and to be thankful for being here, now, when we can do this for one another,
would be fitting.