Anthology II,

 

 

The Re-coloring of America

 As we look forward to another year, one in which concludes the Mayan calendar along with all of the misguided opinions of what that means in relation to the future. One thing that is true among the many questions and theories of 2012 is the fact of ethnic change in America. This change is change that we have never seen before; or have we?

 This is because of the new alliances that are being formed. Eastern Europeans of the eastern block countries from behind the former Iron curtain are now some of our newest ethnic friends. However, the largest of these mega trends is displayed in the most visible Coloring of America.

 The term demographers have chosen to describe the ethnic change occurring in America is  the “Coloring of America”, America’s newest immigrants are coming from Latin America and Asia as opposed to Europe. Many of those prejudicial sentiments spoken against those Europeans of the early 20th century are the same ones spoken against the immigrants and rising populations of color today.

History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.”  Ecclesiastes 1:9 New Living Translation (NLT)

The annals antiquity described in Ecclesiastes 1:9 would almost describe this serendipity of demographic irony as the Re-Coloring of America . The Mayan calendar will end in 2012. One point in which the Mayans had it right is that in these times that we are in, we are beginning to see a cycle of sorts. At every ending there must be a beginning and at every beginning there must be an ending.

History shows us that the early American continent was inhabited mostly by Native Americans from various degrees of Asian ancestry.  Today the Latino population is the fastest growing population in America. They, of various degrees of native American and Asian ancestry will increase from 24 million in 1992 to 81 million of the future 400 million. While, the Asian population of obvious Asian ancestry, projected 9 million in 1992 to will grow to 41 million and the African American population will stand at 62 million, all of this by 2042.  At this time of ethnic/cultural equilibrium will be complete and the Anglo population will no longer be in the majority.

 An item of note is that is that these present minority groups including African Americans, by far have a higher percentage of infants that have what is called the mongolian-spots on their skin. Though not a fully reliable marker of Native American/Asian ancestry its presence can offer some general possibilities of it.

In the world at large the great majority of humans are middle brown complexion or darker, as  this country, sits as an island to its self. With all of this change, will the American church miss its moment? Will the church in this country fall into the comfortable embrace of political alliances and divisions of class and systematic racism that have left this nation caught somewhere between apathetic complacency and a flashpoint?

During the time of slavery when some courageous Christian leaders conducted portions of the underground railroad, while at the same time, most others of the dominant culture’s church stood idly by and in large part the found its self sequestered on the wrong side of history. 

The church will not miss its moment if all sides of the ethnic divide would dare to build the bridge of this spiritual as well as natural ethno-panoramic Anthology together. The Anthology illuminates through the stories, battles and triumphs of each one sitting at the table of relationship. It is these very real relationships that will make the church in America relevant again

 “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” Revelation 12:11 King James Version (KJV)

True followers of Christ can be effective in the midst of ethnic change by fulfilling the very definition of religion (binding together that which was disconnected). A single story. selection or sonnet does not qualify as an Anthology. This can only be done though the first begotten of many brethren (Christ) 

“He was supreme in the beginning and—leading the resurrection parade—he is supreme in the end. From beginning to end he’s there, towering far above everything, everyone. So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the cross.” MSG)Colossians 1:18

If 2012 is to be the end of anything, let it be the beginning of the end of systematic racism which is nothing more than that old sin of hatred. There is enough Social Capital around all sides of the ethnic/cultural divide to coalesce into this so called “more perfect union”. Fear must no longer be our posture concerning the Re-coloring of America. This fear must be exposed for the deception it is by understanding that our story is so very rapped up in “His Story” i.e. “history”

“History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.”  Ecclesiastes 1:9 New Living Translation (NLT)

Kevin K. Robinson Executive Director of Accord1

Happy New Year!

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