Breaking the Glass Ceiling

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “Augusta National Golf Club admits first female members”

We can celebrate Breaking the Glass Ceiling, achievements of the increasing diversity in this country, but in each breakthrough, we must not forget that it took all that time to recognize the obvious, that all people are created equal, “Imago Dei” (Image of God). The real Bridging medium, can only be found in Christ’s love alone. This illusive unity and oneness that society yearns for, is only achieved in Him.

 “Christ brought us together through his death on the cross. The Cross got us to embrace, and that was the end of the hostility. Christ came and preached peace to you outsiders and peace to us insiders. He treated us as equals, and so made us equals. Through him we both share the same Spirit and have equal access to the Father.” Ephesians 2:16-18 (MSG)

“This is a joyous occasion as we enthusiastically welcome Secretary Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore as members of Augusta National Golf Club” said Chairman Billy Payne.

By Mallory Simon, CNN

Should we applaud this “Great Landmark”, or should we be ashamed that something like this took so long? One might say, “how can this just be happening in 2012, is this tokenism, aren’t they so far behind the times ”? Or, are they? We must remember, at times things are not as they seem to be. In 1975, 40 yr.old, Lee Elder was the first African American to play Augusta’s renowned Masters Tournament. It was only in 1990 that Non White males finally were allowed membership at Augusta. However, Lee’s earned invite to the Masters tournament displayed token diversity, because he wouldn’t have been eligible for membership at the Club. Eligibility for him or any men of color would not occur until he was 55 yrs. old.

The 2007 Super Bowl made history in the fact that the first two African-American coaches met in this major sports event. This happened twenty years after the 1987 Super Bowl, where Doug Williams became the first African-American quarterback to play in the Super Bowl. He led the Washington Redskins to victory. These two events dispelled the widely held stereotype, that blacks had neither the intelligence nor leadership skills to be a quarterback or head coach.

Other notables: in 2006, Nancy Pelosi’s election to speaker of the House made her the first woman to hold that position. In the 2008 democratic primary election campaign season; the candidacies of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for the democratic presidential nomination, became a first of sorts. Although, not the first woman or African American to run for president, their consideration as “serious” candidates and front runners where a first. Mr. Obama won the nomination and faced the first  Republican Woman Vice Presidential Candidate, Sarah Palin.  Later  in November Barack Obama became the first African American and recorded biracial President of the United States. Amazingly,  repeal of Anti-Miscegenation (against interracial marriage) laws were competed only a few years prior when Alabama did so in 2001.

The Federal Glass Ceiling Commission found that 97% of the senior managers of the Fortune 1000 Industrial and Fortune 500 are white, and 95-97% are male, furthermore, this occurring while 57% of the workforce are Ethnic minorities, woman, or both. Moreover, the study also found that African, Hispanic (Latino), and Asian Americans each holding comparable positions do not earn equal pay, in addition, African Americans earn an astonishing 21% less while performing the same jobs as their counterparts who are White. Ruth Hester, Yahoo! Contributor Network

Though professing to be appalled about racism and misogyny; often Christians speak of the morel decay and yet remain blind to their perpetuation of division and the decay of the law of love. Division of of this sort, either overt i.e. a Crystal Springs, Mississippi church’s refusal of an African American’s couples desire to marry; or clandestine, by pigeonholing ethnic minorities to subservient and token roles in so called multi-ethnic churches. At a time when Christ followers, should be “Building the Bridge Together”; the dream of  ethnic unity yet remains an evasive one.

Kevin Robinson Executive Director of Accord1

One Response to “Breaking the Glass Ceiling”
  1. Great golf course I’ve always wanted to have a round there. The fairways look amazing.

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