Plain in the city

A plain Quaker folk singer with a Juris Doctorate in his back pocket, salt in his blood, and a set of currach oars in the closet, Ulleann Pipes under his arm, guitar on his back, Anglo Irish baggage, wandering through New York City ... in constant amaze. Statement of Faithfulness. As a member of the Quaker Bloggers Ad Hoc Committee I affirm that I will be faithful to the Book of Discipline of my Meeting 15th Street Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.

Monday, June 13, 2005

No Victory in Congress over Lynching

Today Congress apologized for not passing an anti lynching law, in the past when there were lynchings... Tell the Family of Mathew Sheppard that lynch mobs are a thing of the past.

Why do humans lynch? Fear and guilt. The community of individuals who lynch start with guilt... remember that the "patriot fathers" were slave owners and cast themselves as living under England's chains? Well, promises were broken to the Black community, lives destroyed, the greatest betrayals of history, the offspring of rape where denied by their fathers... the guilt was overwhelming, and who can own up to their own guilt, so the victim is an object of fear. How can I look at this one I so harmed, so the person is destroyed. Scapegoated for the broken contract of the oppressor.

So... why is it a victory to apologize for the past, when the scapegoating persists. Big lynchings and small, we pass our guilt onto the ones we have already hurt. Fear... fear to face our own prejudices, our own past history, our own past patterns ... so we lash out, we grow to hate what we fear, and what we fear... starts deep inside us. A friend once said we become what we hate the most. Yes, but frankly we ARE mostly what we project from fear onto others...
fear is the greatest barrier to perfect love.


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