Message for Alternative Conservatives

Message for Alternate Conservatives

You can take pride in your heritage without demeaning and demonizing others. Hate is a sign of weakness not strength.

Most of you are sports fans. Is your favorite player the same color as you? If you were in charge of the roster of your favorite team would you consider race or national origin when drafting players or making trades?

We've come a long way since George Wallace stood in the schoolhouse door on June 11, 1963 and said, "Segregation now! Segregation tomorrow! Segregation forever!" His daughter, Wallace Kennedy, marched with U.S. Rep. John Lewis to commemorate the spot in Selma, Ala., where he and others were beaten in 1965. She says, "There will be no more schoolhouse door stands. We've come too far, but we've got a long way to go."

We're all brothers and sisters. All of us are unique.

Let's not let the small-minded Donald Trump's, Ann Coulter's, Rush Limbaugh's, Sarah Palin's, Fox News, Breitbart, and the rest divide us into warring tribes for their own professional and personal gain.

First they came for the Muslims, and I did not speak out
Because I was not a Muslim
Then they came for the Latinos, and I did not speak out
Because I was not a Latino
Then they came for dark-skin people, and I did not speak out
Because I was not dark-skin
Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak for me.

Don't think that because you look white, you are safe from these judgemental people. Maybe you fall short of the Anglo-Saxon ideal. People who find fault in whole races, may eventually decide they don't like your short stature, your obesity, your looks, your IQ, your American Indian maternal grandmother, your disability, your poor health, or your infirmity.

Can you look in the mirror and honestly say that the color of your skin automatically makes you superior to someone whose skin color may be different, but who is more athletic, more artistic, better looking, or smarter. Believe me, no matter who you are, there are people like that in all shapes, sizes, and shades. (LeBron James, Beyonce, Halle Berry, and Neil Tyson come to mind.)

Don't let hate consume you. It's never too late to embrace diversity.

In 1979, George Wallace spoke from a wheelchair in a black church. "I have learned what suffering means. In a way that was impossible {before the shooting}, I think I can understand something of the pain black people have come to endure. I know I contributed to that pain, and I can only ask your forgiveness."
"In his last race for governor in 1982, he won with the help of over 90 percent of the black vote."