Amber Lights…

 

But every one of us write our own history. If it sounds better the way we want it than the way it might have been why that don’t stop us any more than an amber light. – September17, 1933  Will Rogers

Will’s quote here is still pretty much true today except to maybe change the word amber to red. The number one cause of accidents now are people running red lights.

Being a senior citizen I have lived in historical times. I personally saw the Civil Rights marches not in person but on TV.  I was a naive teen during much of that time so I couldn’t understand why people were treated so badly just because of the color of their skin. I heard the inspiring words of Martin Luther King but somehow didn’t really take them to heart until sometime later.
I have lived during more wars than I really care to remember.  The Vietnam war was the war of my generation. My hearing impairment was severe enough even then to keep my out of it but I did lose several good friends that were forced to go. We seem to always be in a war with someone who just a few years before were our friends and a few years after the war they usually are friends again. Why do we spend some much of our money and our young people on wars?

I also lived in the time where our congress was functional and the people there came together for the common good on many issues.  I can remember when Republicans and Democrats came together for the common good of the country. I can remember when even the rich among us were willing to do their inordinate share for those less fortunate. I can remember, prior to Grover Norquist, when taxes were something that was necessary to maintain our government and the country’s safety net.

There are various way to look at these and many other related events. It just depends on what your life experiences and yes what your prejudges are. Many whites in the south saw the Civil Rights times very differently than I did. Many enthusiastically waved the flag during each or our many wars. Many now see government as an evil that needs to be abolished.

So, as Will said each one of us writes our own history.

2 thoughts on “Amber Lights…

  • Why is it that some of the most prejudice people I know live in the North? Just a fleeting thought.

    My husband served, with men of all colors, in Georgia, during the race riots. Not a pretty sight. He tells of being chased out of town with his fellow soldiers- by both races. He also served when he got off the plane in Monterey California after working with the hill people in VIetnam and had a doll thrown at him filled with red paint and was spat on. Pure love–I know.

    Personally, I sat and watched Martin Luther King on TV- my dad made sure we all listened. Dad worked tirelessly for the rights of the “downtrodden” and did not speculate on what color their skin was. Most of my siblings continue to work in poor schools, hire “off beat” workers, and work on good housing for those who want it.
    You take what you learned to the soup kitchen- which I appreciate. Bob to the prison.
    Me to school and the local homeless shelter. Where is everyone else?

    I lived through the time when a President, who opened relationships with two major powers, in peace, was driven out of office over something today we would have laughed at in campaigning. He ended our involvement in a war that was brought on by the administrations before him. Today he would have been hailed a hero.

    I guess views are formed by the choices we make, what we choose to believe and the times we live in.

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  • Good morning Janette. I spent a lot of time on business in Shreveport LA in the 1970s and I was quite embarrassed by the racial prejudice I was exposed to. But, I also remember the black family who moved into my small Indiana town and their house mysteriously burned the next day. The KKK group celebrated that just outside of town. So, I would not exclude prejudice from any area; especially during those years.

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