Every Generation II – Asleep at the Switch

Sleeping at the Switch

One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change. Every society has its protectors of the status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions. But today our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.

The Late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Those in leadership at the University of Missouri were apparently sleeping at the Switch. This is not the 1950’s/1960’s and this is not the deep south. However the outcry spoken against the enemy i.e. the status quo are no less resolute.

This was not Ferguson with all of the associated violence. To the contrary, these young heroes and heroines used their rights of peaceful protest and civil disobedience to grab the attention of America. Solidarity to this cause was strong enough that it reached into the multi
billion dollar world of NCAA Football. wpid-wp-1447528009286.pngThe entire team, including coach Gary Pinkel, stood with the protesting students to the tune of refusing to play until changes were made. Would that speed up the process of change? Stay tuned for more.

Is there really something far more sinister going on in Missouri in regards to racism? That is yet to be determined; but what we do know is that Missouri is referred to as “The Show Me State”. In this case it may be “Showing” up as a wake up call to the rest of the country. by articulating that far to many Americans have been asleep at the switch for far too long concerning America’s original sin.

 Dating back to 1776  when the Continental Congress had its shot at eradicating the system that encouraged the ideologies of privilege and oppression based on skin color or place of origin.

[Although the issue of slavery was widely debated — both the chattel slavery of Africans in America and the civil slavery that fired patriot rhetoric — it is conspicuously absent from the final version of the Declaration. (Declaration of Independence)]

wpid-wp-1447525416032.jpgHenceforth we have a 2015 Missouri. New York 2014, Baltimore 2014 and South Carolina 2014/2015 etc. This is time for real change if we can dare ourselves to listen to the Voices of the Children (millennials)

In this day of lightning quick viral communication, millennials display of social activism teaches those of the status quo to act quickly to stamp out division or face consequences. In this case, the status quo of a culture of racism that exists on the Missouri campus and possible Million Dollar Forfeiture Fee for a missed football game led to the resignation of University President Tim Wolfe.

Other protest are arising at Ithica College, Yale, Smith College, USC to name a few. Something is going on.wpid-wp-1447533609719.jpg  Every Generation needs to come out of the intoxicating sleep of the status quo and begin to engage in these conversations to end racism everywhere. Now is an important time to hear the George Benson quote from a former post, pertaining to the Children (Milleneals)  “Let them Lead the Way” 

In that day the wolf and the lamb will lie down together, and the leopard and goats will be at peace. Calves and fat cattle will be safe among lions, and a little child shall lead them all” Isaiah 11:6Living Bible (TLB)

If anything is different about this generation (millennials) is that for better or for worst, they will never allow the status quo have sanctuary again.

Kevin Robinson Executive Director of Accord1

 

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