AN OPEN LETTER TO THOSE WHO HATE – October 1, 2017

1. How do you think you would feel and respond if you lived somewhere and someone invaded it and claimed it as their own?

2. How do you think you would feel and respond if your wife, mother, grandmother, sisters, nieces and other female relatives where then raped by the invaders?

3. How do you think you would feel and respond if, after fighting to save your land, you lost the battle and surrendered and submitted to “treaties,”—ALL OF WHICH WERE BROKEN by those with whom you signed the treaties?

4. How do you think you would feel and respond if, walking on the way to land that your invaders had “assigned” to you, they gave you blankets that were filled with the germs of small pox and other fatal diseases?

5. How do you think you would feel and respond if you were stolen from your own continent, shipped to another world and sold like cattle?

6. How do you think you would feel and respond if you were forced to witness the rape, beatings, torture, hanging, and other horrific actions against your relatives and friends?

7. How do you think you would feel and respond if you were forced to have sex with your own mother, father, sibling, or other relative?

8. How do you think you would feel and respond if you were forced to fight to the death of another person for the “entertainment” of your “owner”?

9. How do you think you would feel and respond if your mother or any other female gave nourishment from their breasts to those that would grow up and would be TAUGHT to hate them?

10. How do you think you would feel and respond if you had to cook “fine food” for your “owners,” but were given “garbage food” for you and your family?

11. How do you think you would feel and respond if you were told that your children could not be “allowed” to learn to read and write?

12. How do you think you would feel and respond if you were told that you were not “allowed” to vote?

13. How do you think you would feel and respond if you were not “allowed” to live wherever you could afford to live?

14. How do you think you would feel and respond if your people were portrayed in the media mostly as thieves, prostitutes, maids, villains, etc., not as accomplished people.

15. How do you think you would feel and respond if you were the last to be hired and the first to be fired?

16. How do you think you would feel and respond if you knew that others committed crimes at the same rate as you, but were not punished as severely as you.

17. How do you think you would feel and respond if you freely shared your culture only to have it co-opted, renamed, and “owned” by others?

18. How do you think you would feel and respond if you were frowned upon for speaking your own language in a world of many languages—not just English?

19. How do you think you would feel and respond if you NEVER saw your people fairly represented as Fortune 500 CEOs, even though your people were just as intelligent as everybody else?

20. How do you think you would feel and respond if your people were WRONGLY shot and killed by the very people who were sworn to “protect and serve” them?

21. How do you think you would feel and respond if, on “movie night” as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, you had to sit BEHIND THE POWs to watch the movie?

22. How do you think you would feel and respond if there was a loooong history of law enforcement killing your people and getting away with it—even when they’re unarmed or have a permit to carry a gun?

23. How do you think you would feel and respond if you served your country and came back and were treated like you were less than human?

24. HOW DO YOU THINK YOU WOULD FEEL AND RESPOND IF YOU PROTESTED THE WAY YOU WERE TREATED AND YOUR PROTEST WAS RESENTED AND LOOKED DOWN UPON BY MANY OF YOUR FELLOW CITIZENS?

All of the atrocities listed above (and more!) have been and continue to be perpetrated against people of color—especially black people. Yet, generally speaking, we hold no hatred toward those who hate us because we know that we have done nothing to deserve their hatred, and we also know that hating destroys the souls of those who hate! (Acid corrodes the vessel that carries it.) And hatred is the absolute worst kind of acid to the soul!

The NFL players are not—I repeat, ARE NOT—protesting or disrespecting the flag. Even though, ever since Betsy Ross first stitched it together in May 1776, the flag has disrespected people of color, especially black people!

And they are not protesting or disrespecting the National Anthem, even though it has protested and disrespected black people. Francis Scott Key, who wrote it, was a slaveholder. Obviously, “. . .the land of the ‘free’. . .” did not and could not include slaves!! Additionally, the third stanza of the National Anthem actually celebrates the killing of slaves with this line: “. . . No refuge could save the hireling and slave from the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave. . .”

PEACE AND LOVE FROM JOYCE FIELDS

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Peace and Love

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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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