Hearing Kate Smith sing “God Bless America” gives Americans goosebumps. Hearing Pastor Jeremiah Wright preach “God Damn America” gives other Americans goosebumps. The difference between those Americans is no less stark than the difference between light and darkness.
“God Bless America” is well documented:
- Our Founding Fathers, in our Constitution, preached the purpose of the United States is “to form a more perfect Union”. America was full of dire shortcomings even from its beginning, but it’s purpose always has been “to form a more perfect Union”.
- America, in the 13th Amendment to our Constitution, preached that slavery is unacceptable: “slavery … shall not exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
- America, in the 15th Amendment to our Constitution, preached that denying the right to vote based on race is unacceptable: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude”.
- America, in the 19th Amendment to our Constitution, preached that denying women the right to vote is unacceptable: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
- President Harry S. Truman, in his Executive Order 9981 on July 26, 1948, preached that segregation in the United States armed forces is unacceptable: “there shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed forces without regard to race, color, religion, or national origin.”
- The Supreme Court, in its Opinion on May 31, 1955 in Brown v Board of Education of Topeka, preached that “racial discrimination in public education is unconstitutional”.
- President John F. Kennedy, in his proclamation on September 29, 1962, preached that all persons demanding different treatment for Blacks and Whites at the University of Mississippi must “cease and desist” and must “disperse and retire peaceably”, and he sent the Army and the Mississippi National Guard to enforce his proclamation.
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in his “I Have A Dream” speech on August 28, 1963, preached that dividing America based on skin color is unacceptable: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
- America, in its Voting Rights Act of 1965, in more detail preached that denying the right to vote based on race is unacceptable: “All citizens of the United States who are otherwise qualified by law to vote at any election by the people in any State, Territory, district, county, city, parish, township, school district, municipality, or other territorial subdivision, shall be entitled and allowed to vote at all such elections, without distinction of race, color, or previous condition of servitude”.
- America, in its Fair Housing Act of 1968, preached that denying housing based on race or other category is unacceptable: “it shall be unlawful … to discriminate against any person in the terms conditions, or privileges of sale or rental of a dwelling, or in the provision of services or facilities in connection therewith, because of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, or nation origin.”
- America, in 2008 and 2012, preached that judging anyone by skin color is unacceptable: Americans twice elected Barak Obama President of the United States.
- Every President prior to 2021, on every Memorial Day, honored those who gave their lives for all of America.
- “God Bless America” gives Americans goosebumps.
“God Damn America” also is well documented:
- Pastor Jeremiah Wright, in a loud voice on April 13, 2003, preached his sermon to his congregation: “God Damn America”. Among his congregants were Barak Obama and Michelle Obama, who chose Pastor Wright to officiate at their wedding and to baptize their daughters.
- Michelle Obama, on February 18, 2008, preached “For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country.”
- President Joe Biden, on January 7, 2021, nominated Kirsten Clarke to be the head of the Civil Rights Division in the Department of Justice. Kristen Clarke preached “Melanin endows Blacks with greater mental, physical and spiritual abilities”.
- America’s loudest voices preach, based on skin color and gender self-identity.
- America’s loudest voices preach to our children that Blacks and Whites are not equal.
- America’s loudest voices preach to the world that America is founded on, and controlled by, institutional racism and White Supremacy.
- President Joe Biden, on Memorial Day 2021, did not do anything to honor (and did not even mention) those who gave their lives for all of America. President Joe Biden, in 2021, did fly Black Lives Matters flags and Pride flags on embassies and consulates around the world to honor those who preach that America is racist and sexist.
- “God Damn America” gives other Americans goosebumps.
America’s choice is as clear-cut as clear-cut can be: “God Bless America” or “God Damn America”.
We will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., or we will call his legacy racist.
We will vote for politicians who teach our Black and White children that they are the same, or we will vote for politicians who teach our Black and White children that they are different.
We will remember our efforts “to form a more perfect union” with pride, or we will ban the books in which our efforts are remembered.
We will vote for politicians who sing with Kate Smith, or we will vote for politicians who pray with Jeremiah Wright.
Which path will we take? That question is best answered with a question: Which path will you take?