Happy July 4th, slaves and immigrants built the USA

The Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor.

Despite the spate of discrimination that many residents have been experiencing under this administration as well as the daily scandals, attacks on immigrants, journalists and black folks and the destruction of Obama-era policies, let’s consider this line from Emma Lazarus’ famous poem “The Colossus,” that graces the base of the Statue of Liberty, that is visible to all upon approaching the New York Harbor, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free.”

Remember that slaves and immigrants built the USA and unless your family is a direct descendant of Native American Indians who first inhabited the USA, then you too are an immigrant, as is your family and their ancestors.

Immigrants are deserving of love and compassion. No person is illegal. Happy July 4th!–OnPointPress.net–

Has the USA lost its soul or was it always soulless?

A kid is getting on a freight train in the south of Mexico. Arriaga is the first stop for central american migrants on their way to the US.–Photo by Encarni Pinda.

The USA gained independence from England, arguing that “taxation without representation” was intolerable. Stealing land from Native American Indians and Mexicans, the country expanded its borders. Destroying black families through the scourge of slavery, raping slaves to create a free labor force and destroy black male pride, the USA became rich from the labor, land and livelihoods of disenfranchised people now viewed as the American underclass.

Some blacks celebrated Juneteenth, the official end of slavery, yesterday. Others declined, insisting that slavery is still alive and well, albeit in other forms. Even as racist Republicans obstructed former President Barack Obama during six of his eight years in office, bigots have risen up in droves with the election of the current US President. Blacks are being targeted for arrest and police abuse while engaging in the most routine activities–sitting in a coffee shop, trying to play golf, having a barbecue in a park  and taking a nap in the common room of a prestigious university.

During slavery, Jim Crow and even the Civil Rights era, blacks were treated as sub-human chattel. Raped, beaten and lynched with impunity, black residents of the United States of America were brutalized, often for white residents’ enjoyment. The anger that has festered among many Americans, who were incensed that a black man was elected president, has erupted into state-sanctioned lawlessness.

The debacle involving children separated from their parents at the border and housed in cages akin to concentration camps is no different from the Middle Passage and slavery, when black children were torn from terrified, broken parents. Africans were captured, packed like sardines on ships, some jumping overboard along the way while others died from diseases. Those who survived were shaved, shined with oil, examined publicly and auctioned off to wicked slave owners.

The trauma that the border children are experiencing will last a lifetime, much like black trauma in America has continued with no end in sight. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. famously said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Too many immigrants have become complacent because they have made it, turning a blind eye to the plight of the children at the border, blacks in every facet of the American experience, Haitians who are cast off and a myriad of suffering globally. But, like late revolutionary firebrand Malcolm X often cried, “by any means necessary” the fight for human rights must go on.

The USA lost its soul many generations ago. In fact, one might rightly ask: Did the USA ever have a soul in the first place?–OnPointPress.net–

Have a blessed Palm Sunday, Holy Week

Palm Sunday represents the beginning of Holy Week, the most sacred time on the Christian calendar. It’s a time of reflection, reconciliation and renewal, as Lent nears its end .

Palm Sunday is a time when Christians draw close to the very essence of their faith, in preparation for Good Friday and Christ making the ultimate sacrifice.

Have a blessed Palm Sunday and Holy Week–OnPointPress.net–

MLK weekend: Time to reflect

It’s good to reflect this weekend, as we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and his rich legacy of activism.

Dr. King was stalked and wire-tapped by the FBI, beaten and brutalized by racists, during his quest for justice. But he persevered in advancing the rights of Blacks to be treated equally, with dignity and respect.

Dr. King’s courage, faith and resolve inspire us today, especially in the face of ugly, divisive and racist utterances and policies that seek to further marginalize citizens who are deemed to be less than, all because of their skin color and continent of birth.

Let’s pause to reflect, chart a new course and remain vigilant. While others try to bring back the heinous days of segregation, it’s important to stamp out every trace of bigotry, racism and discrimination. As we honor Dr King, let’s be active, wise and responsive. Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day and weekend!–OnPointPress.net– 

We are grateful for Pentecost

Thank God for the ability to worship, love, praise, serve and celebrate this special, spiritually meaningful day of Pentecost.

Sometimes the troubles and burdens of life weigh us down, but it is important to keep our faith in the forefront of our minds and give God praise for his love, mercy, grace and presence

Be blessed and comforted on this day of #PentecostOnPointPress.net–

Happy Memorial Day Weekend

 

Veterans honor the lives of fallen heroes in celebration of Memorial Day Weekend.

Let us pause to reflect on those who gave their lives, the ultimate sacrifice, in service to this country.

As we take a break from the hustle and bustle of work to spend this Memorial Day weekend with friends and family we must never forget the pain that some families feel as they confront the loss of their loved ones.

So as we celebrate the time off and extend Happy Memorial Day weekend wishes to all of our readers and supporters, we also send our support and condolences to those who mourn on this very significant day.--OnPointPress.net–

 

 

 

Have a relaxing, loving and happy Mother’s Day

Being a mother is one of the most fulfilling roles of my life and it is a sentiment shared by many mothers across the globe.

After listening to an inspiring sermon at church, I look forward to relaxing with my daughter and my mother for the rest of the day. 

Thank you for all the Mother’s Day greetings!

To every mother, everywhere, my prayer for you is that your day will be filled with love, joy and happiness. Happy Mother’s Day!–OnPointPress.net–

Condolences, Prayers for Peace, this Palm Sunday

As Christians around the world celebrate one of the most significant days on the Christian calendar, we pause to extend condolences, and prayers for the many believers who were murdered earlier this morning in Egypt during their Palm Sunday worship.

Palm Sunday marks the last Sunday of Lent and beginning of Holy Week. For Christians, it represents Christ’s return to Jerusalem before he was crucified. For those of you who celebrate this day’s meaning, Happy Palm Sunday. Remember to pray for each other.–OnPointpress.net–

 

Thanks for your Impact, President Obama

As President Barack Obama leaves office to make way for the President-elect to be sworn in, it’s fitting to reflect on the strong impact that he has had during his eight years in office.

President Obama inherited a grave recession, and, despite coordinated obstructionism from a Republican-led Congress, he oversaw consistent job-creation every year since his tenure.

President Obama and his daughters go book shopping.

He provided universal healthcare coverage, engaged in regular talks on racial divide, got rid of Osama Bin Laden, promoted women’s rights, launched My Brother’s Keeper Alliance to provide training and job creation for Black and Latino young men, championed sensible gun control laws, among many other notable achievements.

President Obama and his family, First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia and their dogs.

Although he was disrespected repeatedly during his time in office, President Obama was the epitome of class. He was chic, cool, balanced, knowledgeable and forgiving.

I know I’m among  many who will miss him as well as they example that his family set for the country. So I take this opportunity to express my gratitude to a President who made me proud.

Thank you President Obama. May God continue to guide and protect you and your family–OnPointPress.net–

Happy MLK Day, Thanks Dr. King!

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As we honor your legacy today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we say thank you.mlk6

Thank you for your message of non-violence.

Thank you for your unwavering commitment to equality.

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mlk4Thank you for your laser-focused attention on justice.

Thank you for being an example to us all.

Happy Birthday Dr. King! We need your example more than ever today.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day to all who support freedom.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day to all who support equal rights,

Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day to all who support justice.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day to all who support acceptance.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day to all you support and promote love.

Here is a link to Dr. King’s LETTER FROM A BIRMINGHAM JAIL.

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On this day, we especially acknowledge Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) for his powerful legacy of standing in the trenches with Dr. King.

Thank you Rep. Lewis for your boldness and your courage.

Thank you Rep. Lewis for dedicating your life to serving others and fighting for the very principles for which we honor Dr. King today.

Happy MLK Day! Thanks Dr. King.—OnPointPress.net–