Leading The Conversation – Accord1

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Remember the horror from which we come. Never forget the greatness of a nation that has overcome its division. Let us never descend into destructive divisiveness – Nelson Mandela

On June 9th 2014 in Las Vegas, two persons fatally shot two unsuspecting Police officers along with a third innocent victim before turning the Guns on themselves. The husband and wife self described revolutionaries, laid two sheets over the officers; the first being a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag which has become a staple at Tea Party rallies,. and second, a Nazi swastika. Note: this is not a political opinion. this is stating facts. To that order, these clearly were Lone Wolves
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acting on their own, and not under the direction of any organized political entity. Yet, in some sort of demented way this couple felt empowered by the volatile atmosphere in which  we culturally and politically exist today.

Michael Eric Dyson, an American academic, author, and radio host, a professor of sociology at Georgetown University hosted a daily political talk show, in which he stated the following  statements about this tragedy:

“Even those of us who oppose a political candidate, should not subvert, undermine, destroy, distort or otherwise circumscribe the flourishing of democracy. In other words, you and I are still American citizens, let’s not beat up on the nation, even as we disagree with one another” “When we delegitimate the president, when we delegitimate the authority of government, when we delegitimate the state, what we’re doing is challenging the legitimacy of sworn officials to up hold that law. And we negotiate the difference, not at the polls where we should. Not in common civil discourse where we should,” 

After this insightful discourse; with all due respect, Mr. Dyson begins to slip into that atmosphere of division by pointing fingers at the so called.” right wing brothers and sisters”. This case may have some truth to it for because of the deafening silence by some in these times of division, However, it ‘s clear to state that extremist exist on both sides of the political spectrum. It is everyone’s responsibility to speak out loudly against it wherever it exist.

Xenophobia has become a common, global occurrence. Almost daily there are reports of xenophobic violence taking place somewhere around the planet. Ethnic minority groups are protesting against majority ethnic groups over societal inequalities and abuse. Instead of becoming a fading trend the phenomenon continues to escalate. Until the Christian community realizes the plight of the disadvantaged and marginalized, and acts upon this realization, there cannot be transformation.

Zonke Majodina, deputy chairwoman of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is interested in this topic due to the fact that many
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people live as refugees, asylum seekers, economic immigrants and immigrants seeking opportunities to improve their lives and the lives of their families. IDEOLOGY OF ‘NEIGHBOR’: A THEOLOGY OF TRANSFORMATION FROM A THEOLOGICAL-ETHICAL INTERPRETATION OF LEVITICUS 19 BY MICAHIJ LEON BOONE

These groups along with domestic minorities and indigenes people in America exist in an “exotic” bubble which morphs as a cage/i.e. glass ceiling of which few can escape. This is even true of those who’s economic means allows them to escape. However, they still are seemingly never quite good enough i.e. Magic Johnson, Donald Sterling incident. The real antagonist in this day of so-called tolerance is intolerance and fear demonstrated by Xenophobia fueled by the all to familiar nemesis of race.  

When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. 34 You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

Leviticus v 19:33-34 (ESV)

Kevin Robinson Executive Director of Accord1

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