September 18, 2009

A belief that african Americans are not qualified

What do you think? Isn't it time for racial healing in this country?

It was all over the news this past week. Former President Carter's statements about the role of race in the public debate about health care stirred up a firestorm.  Commenting on Joe Wilson's disrespectful outburst during President Obama's speech to Congress, Carter said "there is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president."

He went on to say that "there is a belief that African-Americans are not qualified to lead this great country." Then the charges started flying back and forth, with some people insisting that it was all about race, some denying that race played any part in it at all, and others saying that the issue is a lot more complicated.

For us here at the Community Healing Network (CHN), this controversy pointed yet again to the continuing power of the myth of Black inferiority and the urgent need for racial healing and reconciliation in the United States. We believe that there is a pressing need for inter-racial healing (healing between Black people and other people) as well as intra-racial healing (healing within the Black community).

The myth of Black inferiority says that Black people are not as smart, not as beautiful, not as worthy as other people. It was four hundred years ago to justify the enslavement and subjugation of Black people the world over, and it is still haunting us today.

At CHN, we are focused on intra-racial healing. We believe that the time has come for us to confront and work to overcome the myth of Black inferiority.

We invite you to join the movement. Make plans now to observe Community Healing Days --- three days set aside each year (on the third weekend of October) to celebrate healing for Black people and to work on overcoming the myths that keep us from reaching our full potential.

Save the date. Put "time for healing" on your calendar.
Celebrate Community Healing Days: Seeing Ourselves in a Whole New Light.
October 16, 17, and 18, 2009.

And, please, tell us what you think. Isn't it time for racial healing in this country?

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Enola Aird
President, Community Healing Network, Inc.