Re- coloring of America
Auld Lang Syne is an extremely old Scottish song that was first written down in the 1700s by Robert Burns. This is the prime song selection of every New Years Eve and it means “out with the old and in with the new”. It is exemplified in the phrase “Should old acquaintance be forgot“. The writer of this song is actually asking a rhetorical question. How can we forget those who have been part of our history? In the “Re- coloring of America” we are remembering that this land that we now call the U.S.A. is not simply “Europe west” but we are a land that has always been one of multi-ethnic variety.
The many types in the Native American people inhabited America. From the southwest Navajo descendants of the Ancient Pueblo Peoples, to the Iroquois of the Great Lakes, America displayed a rich variety of people at the first arrival of the Europeans. Through the various strands of ancestry they were of diverse ties to their Asian ancestors. Africans were added to the population by the Triangular Trade system of slavery.
Today in this time of the Re-coloring of America, there is room for everyone and no one is excluded because we are of one blood.
“And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;” Acts 17:26King James Version (KJV)
The demographic mega trends evident in America today are not merely numbers and statistics, but this is by divine providence. The social capital potential in unity between all of the players in the re-coloring of America can give influence to the potential of greatness in America.
Concerning this group of people called African Americans; these people embody the story of America. There once was a comment bantered about in which some people would say “go back to Africa”. If this could be done, African Americans would truly as a group be “fish out of water”. The question would be; who would you pick to go and who would stay? Would it be those based on the darkness of their skin? It is fact that some very dark complexioned persons have more European DNA than those of lighter complexion etc.
From copious reasons, this ethnic group is “America” because of the multi-ethnic blend. Just think, that some of the better known African Americans such as; Linda Johnson Rice, Chris Rock, Peter Gomes, Tom Joyner, Tina Turner and Maya Angelo are misegenated with high percentages of European blood/ancestry. and offer a window into the ancestry of the average African American. The Re-coloring of African Americans, who have become subjugated to the “one drop of black blood” system, rapes, splitting up of families “passing for white” out of fear along with strands of Native American/Asian an ancestry, qualify this ethnic group as much as anyone to be called simply “Americans”
These are the same systems that have divided America to it’s core by causing people to choose sides. Sadly the church in times past was in the very center of this divide, aiding and fueling its sting.
“These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:” (i.e.) “and he that soweth discord among brethren.” Proverbs 6:16,19b (KJV)
However, true followers of Christ are called to the task of “Building the Bridge Together” over the ethnic /cultural divide.
“Should old acquaintance be forgot”? Of course not; because God has called us to the ministry of reconciliation!
The past must be embraced as a part of our story. The rich reservoirs of all of our stories are what make the re-coloring of America so vital. This is a time to study one another even more intently.
The Mixed Multitude that traveled in the desert with the children of Israel may have had their share of problems, as we do to in 21st century America. However, the fact is that they kept moving. But the moving that the Mixed Multitude did in the Old Testament at times was detrimental to the original purpose that brought them out into the desert.
Unlike the children of Israel, these people did not have the depth of their heritage i.e. story/history as a foundation. Nevertheless, it is extremely important that we in todays America do not forget the multi ethnic antiquity of this land through along our way to “a more perfect union”.
Auld Lang Syne is a phrase defined to say: “for times gone by”. One of those times was very note worthy in American history. It was the first Thanksgiving when the Native Americans and their newest European immigrant friends viewed one another as equals. The Native American Host where not threatened by the immigrants but they embraced them. It cannot be over emphasized that the multi ethnic mega trends of today are nothing new.
“That’s plain enough, isn’t it? You’re no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home.” Eph 2: 19-22 (MSG)
“Should old acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot,” –of course not– And auld lang syne?
Kevin K. Robinson Executive Director of Accord1