Make America Great

Make America Great

Rev. Renita Green

Columnist

 

“Make America Great Again” is popular political rhetoric these days. This phrase begs the question, “When was America ever great?”

I have never understood the European sense of entitlement to everything that could be conquered. I have never understood why I was supposed to be proud to be an American—or a white American, specifically. This land was acquired through acts of terrorism: lies, deceit, betrayal, murder, and forced assimilation. Young men and women are sent into foreign lands to ensure “American values” (white male power) that are enforced while leaving veterans suffering and impoverished at home.

Every atrocity in this country has been caused by the system of white supremacy—genocide, slavery, illiteracy, poverty, decimation of the family, introduction of addictive drugs into communities, mass incarceration, consumerism, and the list goes on and on. While a war on poverty is needed, a war on impoverished people has been declared. WEB DuBois said, “To be a poor man is hard but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships.” A majority of impoverished whites are so enamored with the hope of the salvation of white supremacy that they do not even recognize how American political and social systems contributed to their demise.

To be great is to be exceptional, above ordinary, superior in quality or character. By definition, America has never been great. We are living on land stolen from the Natives and built on the backs of Black and Brown people who were stolen from other lands—people whose blood is crying out from the soil. America has never been a great country—it has always exploited the poor and weak for profit. America has never been a great country—it has always started and contributed to wars in order to reinforce and spread the tyranny of white male supremacy. America has never been a great country—it has always done injustice, hated mercy, and walked arrogantly without our God.

In many ways, America is better than most; however, better than the worst does not make a country great. In his last speech, Vice President Hubert Humphrey stated “[T]he moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life; the sick, the needy and the handicapped. ”

The church has a role in insisting that America work toward greatness. As Christians, we must elect leaders at every level of government who have a testimony of doing justice. We must be educated and informed of the ballot initiatives and the impact such measures will have on the children, elderly, and those in the shadows of life. We must vote for mercy. We must insist that America shares her wealth with the world for the sake of mercy and not power. Faith leaders must guard against receiving personal platitudes in exchange for diminishing the gospel. When tempted by position, power, or purse, we must draw close and walk humbly with our God.

No, America is not great. But we can be if we, “Do justice. Love mercy. Walk humbly…with our God” (Micah 6:8).

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5 Comments

  1. Amen! America has an infection of racism, that enmity; supernatural hate that has become infested and it needs the balm or antibiotic JESUS.

  2. America is a LIE that stole this land from my ancestors and forced people of black, brown and olive skin to toll, build this country under inhuman conditions while being separated from their love ones. History books overlook and don’t even mention our plight into this country by force of their ‘Middle Passage’. Columbus did not discover America and was amazed when he landed near the Islands and parts of Florida to find the beautiful people. They were Indians, Blacks and Creoles. White men still don’t get punished for their actions verbally, abusively rape,hanging of men, women and children, emotional damage,infections by AIDS, death, drugs or infected medicines. We are still here and everywhere there is “land” we are present with God on our side. To the God Be the Glory for all my people and people of color.

  3. Some of what is said is true but why should we hold on to these things that are in our past as judgements of today’s actions whats done is done, as a country we need to come together I for one believe that our country is great and we as black men and women has help to make it so, yes we have had hard times yes we have not always been treated with the best respect but a lot of it we brought and still bring on our self, let us stop complaining and do what we know is needed to change our situation let us first start by getting more control of our young people, 2. Stop re inventing our self’s so that we can be a stable group of people giving our youth a chance to see a stable glimpse of what and who they are and what they want to be. What am I talking about you ask? well think about it, I’m 67 years old as a youngster I was proud to be a negro because of men like MLK who himself considered himself a negro which I felt identified us as sons and daughters of black Americans who’s ancestors after being brought to this country against their will suffered and died for no fault of their own but managed even after all the suffering to gain a place in this country that place is an Americans first and our children should know that yes we are of African decent but we are Americans first and when we are thought of and spoke of, the American should come first not African I pledged my alliance to the United States of America the place where I was born the place God indented for me to be the place my ancestor for the last four generations have fought to protect and secure my freedom to be who I want to be. yes, the white men and Women has had it a little better on this earth but my bible tells me that I’m not to hold on to the things of this earth as permanent it is only what we do in the name of The Lord that will count in the end and yes if we just continue to love The Lord god with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind and continue to love our neighbor as ourselves all the disrespect, pain, suffering we suffer on this earth will be worth it. in closing let me remind you all what The Lord has said and we must believe,( vengeance is mine) the battle Is not yours it’s the lords

  4. Proud of this Prophetic Word. I realize that there are those who never understand…..actually accept these thoughts, are they that prevent true reconciliation, liberation, and justice, for they fail to “truly & earnestly” discern that the past atrocities are STILL our current atrocities!!!!!

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