Genesis 50:20

Genesis 50:20
Hardy L. Brown

Hardy L. Brown. Photo by Benoit Malphettes

“But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.”

Last Wednesday December 2nd, a married couple went into the Inland Regional Center and killed 14 wounding 21 other San Bernardino County employees who had gathered to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season. Now there are two many parts of the story to focus on but the one I am beginning to express concern with is how we treat our Muslim community because of this incident.

We have some people who are painting all Muslims with a blanketed brush of hate. It is wrong because as a Black American born in this country during the Jim Crow era I know first hand what it is like to be judged by the color of my skin. It causes you only to seek out refuge with your own kind and miss the goodness of other people from a different race or religion.

I grew up during a time when the KKK terrorized Blacks but Blacks and Whites of goodwill would not cave in to that kind of thinking. We cannot afford to return to the days of terrorizing people because of the color of their skin or religion.

When I came to San Bernardino Blacks and Latinos were living on the Westside of town with a few Black families living in the valley section of the city. We were treated by a small percentage of Whites as non-citizens, most others were too busy trying to take care of their families that they really did not have time to hate or dislike us because of the color of our skin. I know this to be true because as I ventured out seeking a job I found Whites who helped me (and others) pursue the American Dream.

I am sharing some of my personal experiences with discrimination and racism to tell our Muslim brothers and sisters to hang in there because most Americans of all races and religions want you to pursue the American dream even as you encounter discrimination or obstacles.

Let me leave you one thought: my life has been like that of so many in America that have faced bigotry but face it head on with the aid of many good citizens of all faces and faiths as we move toward to build a more perfect union and enjoy a wonderful life.

Remember Genesis 50: 20, “They intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Which will come from all of us working together for the good of mankind.

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