Spreading Good News (Part 219 – Joyce Fields’ Published Editorial #2

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TODAY’S QUOTE

YESTERDAY IS GONE, BUT WE CAN TAKE THE REINS OF TODAY, OF RIGHT NOW.

~ Joyce Fields

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TODAY’S BLOG

In 1997, I wrote two editorials and submitted them to The Detroit Free Press. In 1999, I wrote one editorial and submitted it to The Detroit Free Press. In each case, they changed the title and published the editorial—verbatim!

It’s amazing how relevant these three editorials still are today—nearly 15 years later.

Here’s the second one, which was published on August 12, 1997.  I’ll post the third one tomorrow.

Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.

 

NOTE:  Because the upload specs make the editorial less clear, I have included the full transcript first.

 

“Golden Rule could improve race relations”

President Bill Clinton should be applauded for opening a dialog on America’s oldest problem:  race relations and racism.

Race relations is nothing more than human relations.  Racism is human relations at its very worst.

It is the height of arrogance for any of us to claim that one color is better than another.  God decided to make humans in different colors, just as He did flowers.  Outside of color and culture, we all share the same human needs and emotions.

The opposite of racism is healthy human relations among and between the races.  Using good manners and following the Golden Rule (“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”) is a big piece of the foundation on which healthy human relations are built.

“Hello,” “please,” “thank you,” and “excuse me” are to human relations as clean oil is to a car.  They—good manners—make human relations run smoothly, especially when they’re used regularly, treasured and passed down, one generation to another.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa said that he became a priest because a white priest tipped his hat to his (Tutu’s) mother.  Talk about good manners having a positive influence!

Racism, or poor human relations, cannot thrive in an environment where good manners and the Golden Rule are routinely practiced.  We as individuals can do a lot to make major improvements.

Everybody who is a customer must pledge to use “hello,” “please,” “thank you” and “excuse me” frequently when dealing with service employees.  Customers must keep the Golden Rule in mind (“how would I want to be treated if the tables were reversed?”), regardless of the color of the other person’s skin.

People who have jobs in which they come in contact with customers must pledge to use the courtesy phrases generously.  They should stop employee-to-employee conversations when a customer approaches.  Employees must also keep the Golden Rule in mind, regardless of the color of the customer’s skin.

Everybody who drives a motor vehicle must pledge to be more cooperative while driving.  Speeding and weaving in and out of traffic are bad manners and can lead to unnecessary accidents.  We could improve traffic flow if each driver would let in one merging vehicle.  This should be done regardless of the merging driver’s skin color.

Every person old enough to understand must participate in making sure that young children use good manners and practice the Golden Rule.  We all have a vested interest in doing this; once children learn how to hate others, they have also learned how to hate those who taught them to hate.

So stop teaching hate.  Don’t even allow it in your presence.  Hatred is unhealthy for the hater.  Reject the self-ugliness that hating others brings.

People of color want equal opportunity.  We want to live in peace and harmony.  We want a better world for our children.  We want, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “to be judged by the content of our character, not by the color of our skin.

President Clinton has opened the door, but he knows, as most of us do, that you can’t legislate healthy human relations.  Using good manners and the Golden Rule is a wonderful place to start—regardless of the color of your skin.  Pass the word.

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~ Joyce Fields

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About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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2 Responses to Spreading Good News (Part 219 – Joyce Fields’ Published Editorial #2

  1. Lena says:

    I love the article. I never knew that about Desmond Tutu. You learn something new everyday. And you are so correct, your article is very relevant even today. Great work.

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