Stephen A. Tillett
The United States of America has been plagued by a critical birth defect since it's founding: the idea that race matters. Race is a social construct and has no basis in science. But sadly, it has permeated every aspect of American life for hundreds of years. The Bible has been prescient in speaking to this regrettable dynamic: "What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again, there is nothing new under the sun." (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Instead of focusing on obstacles that we all face and dreams we all share, race and racism has kept people of common interests artificially divided. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "We must learn to live together as brothers (and sisters) or perish together as fools." To do what King suggested, we must stop making vigorous assertions about assumptions that are demonstrably untrue. We must stop believing in ideas that have a visceral appeal but lead to immoral outcomes. We must Stop Falling for the Okeydoke.
About The Author:
Stephen A. Tillett served twenty years in the U.S. Air Force and has been a pastor for the past 27 years as well as a community activist in Maryland. He is currently the president of the Anne Arundel County Branch of the NAACP. He is the author of numerous columns and political commentary and is committed to the unification of the human family.