Good morning to you. It’s 9:45 am as I start to write to you. I hope this finds you well wherever and whenever you are in your time and space. We are doing well so far on this lovely Friday. I have to admit I’m in a bit of shock that it’s Friday already! Where did the week go?! ZOOM!!!
Yesterday I was out on my cot and saw the sky was doing amazing things and got a couple of pictures. I just go to a divine place when I’m sky gazing! God (Adda – came to me in recent meditation) and the master canvas.
A message came to me this morning that I have had on my mind for quite some time and that is this phrase, “Get over the suite!” I know it’s a message that has been translated into gazillions of sermons, pep talks, expensive seminars, books, music, movies and meme’s so why then, in 2017, has a travel advisory been issued by the NAACP for minorities visiting Missouri?! Where is the disconnect? Why just Missouri when these sorts of things involving minorities are happening in states all over America and have been for a long time?! As a nation are we going to allow ourselves to lose the hundreds of years of progress we’ve made in equal rights in the course of less than a year?! Not me! My Grandpa Becker put his life at risk to help people of color be able to vote and I want to believe his efforts weren’t in vain!
http://www.naacp.org/ – link to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People main web site
Posted 10:31 pm, August 3, 2017, by Gerron Jordan, Updated at 10:30PM, August 3, 2017
ST. LOUIS – Fallout from the NAACP’s recent advisory for minorities traveling to Missouri continues. On Thursday, the local convention and visitors bureau, Explore St. Louis, sent a letter to partners questioning the fairness of the advisory and urging the NAACP to rescind it.
“We are puzzled as to why a travel advisory would just be issued for the state of Missouri when 38 other states and the federal government use the same standards,” said Explore St. Louis President, Kitty Ratcliffe.
The standards Ratcliffe are referring to are detailed in Senate Bill 43; the piece of legislation recently signed by Governor Eric Greitens which changes the standards that must be met in order to sue for workplace discrimination.
“And yet they are discriminating against Missouri for something that 38 other states and the federal government do,” said Ratcliffe. “We would just ask to be treated fairly.”
“I don’t tell her how to run conventions, I don’t need her to tell us how to fight for civil right,” said Adolphus Pruitt, president of the St. Louis chapter of the NAACP.
Pruitt says while Senate Bill 43 was a factor, there were many others that went into the NAACP issuing the travel advisory.
“It talked about the disparities in stops, it talked about somebody traveling through the state got stopped and wound up arrested and dead, it talked about a number of different things” Pruitt said. “What it said was there is a totality of things going on in the state that has raised some concerns.”
Amid those concerns, Pruitt says the organization isn’t telling minorities to stay away from Missouri, just to be aware of things that have impacted minorities. Pruitt is hopeful other leaders don’t challenge the advisory, but challenge the conditions that led to it.
“I hope that it would reinforce to all the folks in the state who have the ability to address the issues raised in the advisory to sit down and lets roll up our sleeves and work through this matter,” he said.
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It’s taken many years, but where I’m at with people is behavior. I don’t care what your sexual identity, your color, your spiritual/religious beliefs or even what sports team you like…..it’s your behavior. It’s how you treat yourself, other lives (dogs, cats, etc) and me that defines how I feel about you. Love to you today!