Greg Gunn and Trayvon Martin

The shooting of Greg Gunn has had a special impact on me. Not just because he was a black male and lived in Alabama as I do but because his circumstances are similar to Trayvon Martin’s circumstances.

Gregory GunnTrayvon Martin
Walking home Walking home
Claimed to look suspiciousClaimed to look suspicious
Ran to get awayRan to get away
Yelled for helpYelled for help
Killed near homeKilled near residence
Was in fear for his lifeWas in fear for his life

This brings up some painful feelings for me. We cannot state with absolute certainty that the officer killed Greg Gunn because he was black. However, we can say with certainty that Greg Gunn was in fear for his life and not an immediate threat to the approaching police as he yelled for his 87 year-old mother to come open the door while he banged on her window and was shot dead!

Greg Gunn’s brother speaks about shooting

Gunn’s brother made some excellent points to help reduce the killings of unarmed black males. He asked that police who know the people in the community patrol the community. They will better know who looks suspicious or not.

This would be a perfect opportunity to train more black males living in that community to become patrolman for their own communities.


What is the Best Strategy for the Flint Water Crisis


I was exposed to poisoned drinking water when I was little.  I grew up in Detroit, Michigan.  Thus, the Flint, Michigan Water Crisis has a special impact on me.  I share my story via a link at the end of this post.

Everything has a cost. The government made cost decisions that hurt the people of Flint, Michigan by not caring about the quality and safety of the Flint drinking water residents were provided.   I am looking at cost decisions to help them!  What plan will provide Flint residents the highest quality and safe water for the longest period of time given the resources available?

The switch was made back to using the Detroit water.  My concern is with how best the aid Flint is receiving can be used for the residents?  These are some questions that need answering to avoid wasting the money and resources being made available to Flint residents.  If any government official avoids answering these, that is a red flag.  A cost feasibility study can be performed.

  • What can residents do to remove the poisoning from their bodies and will money be provided to them to do this?  If so, when will this occur?
  • Is the Flint tap water now safe to drink?  If not, why not and what will it take to get there?  Is bottled water only being provided because of loss of trust or the water is still unsafe to drink or both?
  • For how long and how much bottled water will be needed before residents can return to using Flint tap water?
  • Can the use of certain water filters make the Flint tap water safe to drink right now?  If not, why not?  If yes, would it be more cost-effective than providing bottled water?
  • Is it necessary to replace all of the residential lead service pipe lines before using Flint tap water again?  If no, in what ways can the water be safely used right now?
  • Are there other ways to treat the pipes without replacing them?
  • How long and how much will it cost to replace the service lines?  I read it would take about 15 years and $75 million.   Is this a correct estimate?

These are just a few of the questions.  It is important for every resident to know a realistic plan is in place and it is the best plan given the available resources.

By the way, I would not trust Gov. Synder to tie my shoelace let alone let him select a person to investigate his f**k up!

How I Healed from Heavy Metal Poisoning
Flint Water Crisis

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Healing From Heavy Metal Poisoning

When I was a teenager, I was exposed to heavy metals in drinking water.  I did not know at the time. It wasn’t until I became an adult and had health issues that I found out I had had a severe poisoning.  I was shocked, in disbelief.  I grew up in Detroit, Michigan.  So, when I learned about the exposure of the families in Flint to lead in drinking water, I could relate.

My next question was how do I get this stuff out of my system.  I will tell you what worked for me.  It was not a quick process.  It took at least a year or two for me, but I was diligent.  I had a choice.  I did not want to live the remainder of my life with worsening health problems due to the poisoning.

Interestingly, I did my graduate research paper on the Lead and Copper Rule, a federal requirement for water suppliers to control lead and copper in drinking water.

I did my research to help small water systems in the state of Michigan meet the requirements for protecting children from heavy metal poison when drinking water.  At this time, I was still not aware that I had been poisoned as a child.  It would not be until many years later that I would find out.   Here is a link to my research paper: Research Results

How I healed

First, I started to drink the purest water I could afford.  Next, I obtained items that would pull the chemicals out of my body, especially my brain.  I want to thank the  spiritual guides for giving me this information that allowed me to heal myself.

I purchased Chlorella,a freshwater algae, and a cilantro herbal extract.  I took a teaspoon of the chlorella with drinking water 30 minutes prior to taking the extract.  The chlorella is used to catch the heavy metals after they are released in the body.  I took at least 5-10 drops of the extract to cause the metals to release.  It was important the extract be of a certain strength.  The strength was 1:5 dry herb to menstruum.

I did this routine daily until I was healed.


Flint Water Crisis

Don’t get sidetracked!  Switching to Flint River water is not the problem.  Failure to properly treat the water before distribution is the problem!

The primary question is:

Why didn’t the Flint water plant treat the water so that it would not cause lead to be released in the water pipes?

Wait for it…… The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) (of all agencies!) told them they need not need to do so!!!  This department gives the final approval for the plant water to be released to residents.  I grew up in Detroit and I wanted to help prevent kids from being poisoned by the drinking water.  I did research back in 1993 on the Lead and Copper Rule to help small system water suppliers in the state of Michigan comply with this rule so as to prevent lead and copper poisoning to people.  My results were published in the Journal of Environmental Health.  Larger water suppliers like the city of Flint should have NEVER had this problem due to the resources they have at their disposal.

The MDEQ is required to have or obtain the expertise and competency to insure public drinking water is safe.  In fact, it is charged with that responsibility.  Those who work there are suppose to be selected and paid to insure this!  In other words, there are NO justifiable excuses.  The agency’s director and spokesman resigned, but they also need to be brought up on criminal charges.

MDEQ Admits Blame

However, the blame does not stop there.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also knew about the problem and did nothing!  In fact, one employee who did send an alert report about it was called a “rogue employee”!  The head of the regional EPA has resigned.

(Aside: Why aren’t these people being fired instead of being permitted to “resign”?)

Even the city of Flint itself lied on its certified documents concerning lead in drinking water!

Flint City Lied About Lead Findings

Thus, the bottom line is those charged with protecting the public from poisonous water did not value the people (adults and children) or care enough about them to do so.  This is leading from the city government level all the way up through the federal Environmental Protection Agency.  Unfortunately, those that dared to speak out about it were punished and ridiculed for doing so.  This happens when you have people in charge who don’t give a damn about anyone but themselves and their political colleagues.

Notice how many people and agencies with the expertise, responsibility, and authority to insure the safety of the drinking water chose not to act on the problem?  Too many.  This is a problem in itself.  This is why this should be criminal and those in authority who did not respond should be charged with a criminal act instead of just being permitted to resign!

How to prevent this from occurring again?  The only way to prevent this from occurring again is to insure you put people in positions of authority who actually give a damn about the people they are responsible for helping to protect.  This will be difficult to do since such folks are usually selected based on politics instead of who is best for the public interest.  We all need to become better human(e) beings.

Jordan Davis Family Wrong about Verdict

Jordan DavivThe Jordan Davis Family is Wrong about the Michael Dunn Verdict. After the verdict of guilty of first degree murder was determined for Michael Dunn, the Davis family spoke to the press.

“We are very grateful that justice has been served, justice not only for Jordan, but justice for Trayvon (Martin) and justice for all the nameless, faceless children and people that will never have a voice,” said Jordan’s mother. Sorry Mrs. Davis but you are wrong.

Zimmerman and those who protected him still walk free. This is true with other black boys who have been murdered. She did a disservice by lumping the rest of the black males into this one case. The murder of many black males does not bring justice by convicting one white male! Is one white male worth several black ones Ms. Davis? Also, her statement could persuade people to STOP seeking justice for the other black males whom have been murdered.

Realize that since Dunn was already facing 60 years, finding him guilty of first degree murder means little. Also, realize that since he already had 60 years, this was an opportunity for Florida prosecution to make itself look like it actually pursues justice for black males. Finally realize that this came right behind the Trayvon Martin trial so there was great pressure on Florida. If this had not been the case, I believe the outcome may have been different. Sorry Florida, you have a long record of bias against black males. Until you do right for each incident you are still accountable.

“I wanted Jacksonville to be a shining example that you can have a jury made up of mostly white people, white men, to be an example to the rest of the world to stop the discriminatory practices, stop discriminating, stop looking where we have to look at juries and say what the makeup of juries are,” said Jordan’s father.

First, Jacksonville is one of the worst cities when it comes to discrimination against black males. Second, the makeup of the jury does matter. Hopefully, it won’t bias the verdict outcome, but it DOES matter. Remember, Juror B37 in the George Zimmerman case? It also matters whom the prosecutor will be. What are their mindsets? Can and do they hold bias against black males or blacks in general. It definitely matters.

“We don’t have to look at if it’s the sheriff’s department,” said Mr Davis. Sorry Mr. Davis but you are wrong.

Not only do you have the cop or person who did wrong, in many cases you have law enforcement from the governor, state attorney, sheriff, and more backing him up when it comes to black males. They may let the public know this or they may hide it. So, you have to look at more than just “the person in the uniform”. For examples, see the Ferguson case for Michael Brown and the Trayvon Martin case. The people in Ferguson are angered over Darren Wilson’s crime, but law enforcement is supporting Wilson’s lies, so they are angry at law enforcement too. With George Zimmerman, the same thing occurred. Law enforcement supported him even though his story of what happened was impossible and evidence existed to confirm first degree murder.

Also, Mr. Davis did a disservice to protestors by lumping them in with the rioters. Rioters don’t care about protesting; they care about looting. To confuse the two is a disservice to protesters. Also, Mr. Davis added insult to injury by stating protesters were not “men” who can whether adversity. He did this when he assumed rioters to be protesters.

I am certain the Davis family meant well, but I wonder if thy were asked to say these things. Much of it is to calm the masses, but what they say is not true and works in favor of law enforcement.


The Problem With Karma

karmaThe problem with karma is there is no such thing as karma. However, a belief in karma is useful for those who feel powerless to bring about the change they want. When they are unable to do it, they believe the universe or some God will do it for them. It helps them sleep better at night to believe justice is a natural fabric of the universe. Well, it is not.

An unconditional loving God is neither vengeful or judging you by your actions. He already knows about human nature since he created us that way. We were given free will which means we can do anything horrific or most kind. It is up to us. So, if God does not punish and the universe does not ensure justice what is left? You are left. It has always been about you. Your free will, your choice, and your ability to make change. God is not like the fairy tale Santa who checks to see who has been naughty or nice.

This is why a criminal justice system run by humans exists. It exists to mete out punishment. God does not take up the slack. Otherwise, if karma was real, there would be no need for a criminal justice system. The person would get his just due in time because of karma.

So, why am I saying all of this? I am saying this because too many people give up responsibility or the ability to take action by falsely believing karma will settle the debt. Some could call it a cop out. Certainly, it is very hard to acknowledge that punishment does not naturally come to those who do wrong. To acknowledge such is like removing a security blanket.

Look at serial killers for example, they kill again and again and again and again and again and so on and so forth. ONLY if they are caught will they suffer punishment. This is why slavery existed for hundreds of years because there was no karma. It was economic struggles between the north and south that lead to the slave being freed.

Many like to believe that George Zimmerman will experience karma for not being found guilty. FALSE! The universe or God will not be punishing or paying back Zimmerman. It is completely up to us as a society to protect ourselves from people who perform evil actions against us. We have the responsibility and duty to ourselves and our children to make sure Zimmerman cannot harm another child. We have the responsibility and duty to make sure those in authority who covered up Zimmerman’s murder of Trayvon Martin are removed from their government positions and punished. It is ALL ultimately left up to us. If the Justice department refuses to fulfill its duties, then it is time to start replacing people (a lot of them).

If we as a people do not settle for less, then those in authority will have to fulfill their duties or get fired and perhaps punished if there was obstruction of justice. Life is risk. Speaking up is risk. Writing is risk. There is always risk in pursuing justice because evil despises justice and right action and truth. Evil takes from life that is why it is “live” spelled backwards. It is against life.


How to Stop the Killing OF Blacks!

According to David Banner, rapper, producer, and activist, whites have two weaknesses: money and fear itself.  Disrupt either of these and you will have some negotiating power.  Your other option, and this is coming from me, is to hope whites will become sympathetic to our cause and decide to stop the injustice we receive.  I personally don’t like putting my fate in the hands of another and hoping they will do the right thing.

Finances: Treat blacks equally or we will no longer give you our money, we will take away your money, and we will destroy your ability to make money. Remember how quickly some of the administrators at University of Missouri resigned when the football team threatened to not play a game which would result in the University losing at least one million dollars? Money has always talked!

Fear: Treat blacks equally or we will take revenge on white people for holding our people as chattel slaves for hundred of years,  for the discrimination we endure, and the ongoing killing of black people with no justice in sight.

Understand that white people believe a self-respecting person will take revenge for the way he has been treated.   They are not spiritual people.  White people know they would take revenge and work to overpower us if we had enslaved them.

Black America does not have the help of the motherland Africa in protecting us.  Africans don’t even run Africa.  Thus, they cannot threaten to cut off resources for the mistreatment of African-Americans.

There are two things I disagree with in his message though.

1) Laws will eliminate the killing of black Americans.  FALSE

If legislation is what we need, how do you legislate the Dept. of Justice from helping to cover-up a murder?

If legislation is what we need, how do you legislate a prosecutor from throwing a case?

If legislation is what we need, how do you legislate cops not murdering blacks in jail?

2)He said Zimmerman would be the sacrificial lamb.   FALSE

I hoped Zimmerman would be held accountable for murdering Trayvon Martin.  However, institutional racists did not care that America knew it was murder.  Zimmerman’s connections in law enforcement and the negative view Florida law enforcement has toward young, black males insured Zimmerman would go free.

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Is Abortion Okay?

The short answer is YES!

Some people may tell you it is wrong to have an abortion, but remember this is THEIR belief.  They may have different reasons for believing it.  Some may say the Bible says it is wrong.  Others may give a different reason.  If  YOU believe it is wrong for whatever reason, then that is YOUR choice.  You are neither right nor are you wrong in that belief.  It is your opinion and your belief.  It fits for YOU and this is what YOU have chosen for YOU.  Realize that your opinion and your belief may not fit for the next person or that the next person may not share your opinion or your belief.  Be willing to respect this difference and allow it to be.

If you believe abortion is okay, then you are neither right or wrong.  This is just your opinion and your belief and it is OKAY.  No one has the right to tell you what to believe or to make you believe one way or another.  It is your right to choose for you as it is their right to choose for them.

No one has the right to dictate what a person can or cannot do with her body.  It is an individual matter.  No person created your body and no person owns your body.

If for whatever reason you do not want to be pregnant, you can abort the pregnancy.  Do not let anyone make you feel guilty for the choice you make.  Only you have the live with this choice and you know what is best for you.

On the flip side, abortion is not to be taken lightly either.  It should not be considered a regular option for birth control when other methods that don’t require terminating a life are available such as the pill, condom, IUD, etc.


Justice for Black Boys

Black Baby


President Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder Turned Their Backs on Us

Obama and Eric Holder said they would do a thorough investigation and get to the truth of what happened to Trayvon Martin. Did they keep their word? NO! Did they step in when it was proven that the Ferguson prosecutor was biased in favor of the cop during the grand jury hearing? NO! Did they insure justice was served for Kendrick Johnson? NO! Did they insure justice was served for Eric Garner? NO! Have they insured justice was achieve with other black males? NO! NO! NO! Is this right? NO! They gave you lip service in place of action. As a result, Obama and Holder helped obstruct justice also. Just because a person is black and in a powerful position does not mean he will do what is right for his people or people in general. Call Obama and Holder out on their failure to act to insure justice and not keeping their promise. See Obama, Holder, and Racial Jusitce.

Freddie Gray, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Kendrick Johnson, Michael Brown, and Many Others

The 6 Baltimore cops involved in Freddie Gray’s death have been indicted. People are celebrating, but I say not so fast. Why? For one, the decision may be more about politics than the pursuit of justice in order to soothe the emotions and bring peace and quiet back to the city immediately. Secondly, the state prosecutor can still cover-up a murder during the trial and throw the case or insure defendants receive convictions that fall far short from the crime committed or no conviction at all. Also, never rely on an “independent” prosecutor to be more just than the regular prosecutor. They all work for the same system. People became hopeful when Zimmerman was charged. Yet, the decision on the outcome had been made even before the trial had begun.

From the Mouth of Babes

Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin never attacked Zimmerman, but he cried for help while Zimmerman held him at gun point. Many heard him yelling for help, but none went to help him. Zimmerman silenced Trayvon forever by pulling a bullet through his heart, but I have done my best to speak for Trayvon and tell the truth of what happened to him. The police did not tell you. The prosecutor would not tell you. Have you given up on getting justice for Trayvon Martin? There is no time limit on doing the right thing. There is more work to be done on this. Expose law enforcement corruption/ cover-up and require justice until you obtain it. Call Obama and Holder out on their failure to act to insure justice and not keeping their promise. You have the facts supporting this. Law enforcement is able to get away with this because people have not confronted them with the facts showing a murder cover-up and thus obstruction of justice concerning Trayvon Martin!

Will you answer the call if you hear another child cry out for help? Hear the cry of help from our young black males in the streets. The child in the video says he will make it and he is not a statistic while the police stand lined up with guns ready to fire in the background. Will you help him to make it? He wants to make it. See Hold Law Enforcers Accountable in the sidebar.

Listen to a young black boy’s determination to survive!




© 2014-15 Gina McGill All rights reserved.


Why God? Why Did This Happen?

Dylann Roof

This is not an easy writing for me because what I will say will be foreign to so many people and it will challenge the beliefs taught by many religions.  However, if the key is to understand the senseless, then the truth must be told.  Tragically, the church has kept the truth of spirituality away from the masses in order to maintain control over them.  This is not a welcomed fact since it undermines your trust and belief in the church.  If what I write rings true for you, then it is for you.  If it does not ring true for you, then it is not for you.  I will share some of my truth with you.

If you believe God knows all things, then God already knew Dylann Roof, the South Carolina young man who murdered 9 black people while at a church service, would kill all 9 of those people long before it happened.  Why would God allow such seemingly evil things?

1) What looks evil in the short term may work for the good in the long term.  For example, many white people are now motivated to question their beliefs and if people choose, many other positive changes in society can be made.

2) It is allowed to bring a problem to the attention of everyone so that it can be addressed and solved.  For example, people are asking what caused this young man to kill all of those people?  How can this be prevented in the future?

3) Each person has a task of developing a conscience.  This only comes through experience and personal choice.  Hopefully, Dylann Roof will look at his actions and see that they were wrong.  That his beliefs were wrong.  It is his choice to do so or he can choose to not grow.  One can go as far as to say that those 9 people whom he killed sacrificed their lives to give him and others an opportunity to grow and to bring attention to a greater problem so it can be addressed.  Often the best and long lasting lessons are the most painful ones.

I will stop right here.  There is much much more to help you understand though.  Ask and you shall receive.


Blacks Won the Battle & Lost the War

The Civil Rights Movement brought us the opportunity to sit with whites on the bus and in the restaurant. However, it failed to address the racism which our people are still dealing with today. I won’t repeat what has been said. I will let you hear it from the leaders themselves.  I will only say this.  Black people are not inherently violent people.  However, if violence must be the price to have equality, then so be it!  If no longer spending a single dollar with a non-black owned business is the price to pay to gain equal treatment, then so be it! The question is are black people willing to pay the price, and die if needed, to no longer suffer further indignities?  Even integration did not remove racism. Addressing and eliminating racism is the final barrier to true equality.
Video – In the Courts or On the Streets

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White Lies

How did George Zimmerman go free after murdering Trayvon Martin?  The State of Florida v. George Zimmerman trial was really The Government versus Black Males trial.  Prosecutors ignored the facts to insure injustice.  Some white lies are serious lies.  Some white lies change lives.  White lies can insure an innocent black child does not receive justice.  White lies can keep a murderer out of prison.


The prosecution did not tell the jurors the facts they had that proved Zimmerman lied about 99% of what he claimed Trayvon Martin did and that he lied about what he did as well!

The prosecution did not show the jurors the evidence proving Zimmerman injured his own head with his own gun!

The prosecution did not tell the jurors that Zimmerman was standing up when he shot Trayvon Martin!


NOW, you tell me this.  Should this prosecution team still be working for the government getting paid with the citizens’ hard earned money and having more opportunities to cover up more crimes or should it be behind prison bars for obstruction of justice in a first degree murder case?

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Racism from a White Perspective

Do white people fear blacks? Do white people fear blacks because white people believe that if blacks treated them the same way whites have treated blacks, then whites would retaliate and take over the first chance they had? If so, whites would want to keep control over blacks to prevent this. There are other fears as well such as job competition and losing their superior status via racism and white supremacy. So, ridding themselves of the black threat often occurs in many forms and primarily through incarceration. However, what whites seem to miss is that most blacks are still afraid of whites because they are still dependent on them so they don’t want to bite the hand that feeds them. This is truly and unfortunate situation.

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Rise and Fall of Black Self-Esteem

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The Black Power Movement was a time when lower class and lower middle class black people recognized their self-worth and were willing to fight and die instead of accepting continued abuse from whites. During this time, black children were taught to love themselves and be proud of everything about themselves. These classes of black people began to take care of each other by doing their best to provide food, clothing, black history lessons, and support in ways that promoted black self-esteem. The government saw this change as a threat to the status quo and worked to destroy this movement by destroying the leaders of this movement. The government succeeded.

The video below highlights the points made above. At location 4:46, a demonstration of one way black children were taught to love themselves is shown.


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Slavery Worse Than Rape



Think of your daughter being raped. Think about the pain and agony to her as a result. Think about the loss of trust and fear that develops in her. And think about the long time that will be required for her to heal, if possible.

During slavery, black slaves’ bodies were raped, not once, not twice, but several times. Many were used to “breed” while others were used to satisfy the lust of the slave master.

Now, if we know today, the impact of one rape on one woman, then imagine the continuous rape of the black woman and how this affected her mentally, physically, and spiritually. Imagine the impact on the children she bore, children she may not have wanted and who reminded her daily of her rapist.

Think of the fear, hatred, and pain that were passed on in each generation. On top of this, her children and her children’s children were used for the slave master’s lust or to “breed.” The result was one horror being added to another.

Black women, men, and children did not have the resources of a shelter, counseling, or possible criminal prosecution of the rapist that is present today.

As we are learning today, such horrific and traumatic experiences, also affects one’s biological chemical balance as a result of the feelings of depression, helplessness, and anger they produce. This imbalance gets passed down to the children and their children and their children.

Now, let’s turn to physical abuse. We know today about the adverse affects of this abuse on women. Today, we have shelters and counselors for the women and prosecution laws against the abuser. We even provide shelter for the woman’s children. We do all these things because we need to protect the woman and place her in an environment where she can feel safe and have a chance to begin to heal.

Slaves had none of these resources. During slavery, black women, men, and children were physically abused and many times on a daily basis. They were beaten and whipped, and in many cases tortured. They wore the permanent scars of their abuse on their resultant disfigured bodies. Some had a hand, foot, finger, etc. cut off as punishment. Imagine these things occurring to you today and no one doing anything to stop it. Other slaves were required to helplessly watch these horrors. Great depression, anger, and hatred resulted in the slave, against himself for being helpless and against the slave master for hurting him.

Today, we know the kinds of damage to the brain, body, spirit, and emotions that such negative feelings impose when they cannot be expressed and appropriately resolved. This horrific damage has been passed on generationally.

Slaves lived in terror everyday not knowing who would be raped next, whipped next, used to set an example, or which child would be sold away from its mother never to be seen again.

In 1634, slavery began in America. It ended “on paper” in 1863. Black slaves endured approximately 230 years of the torture and abuse described above. Following that, came lynching, discrimination in any attempts to become independent and earn a living, and disrespect and ill treatment from non-blacks. Beginning in the 1960’s, blacks became more vocal concerning their human and civil rights. As a result, some progress was made. However, if you study the statistics today, you will see that blacks remain on the bottom in critical areas: health, political power, economic power, and group cohesiveness.

I propose that a primary reason for this condition is due to the horrific abuse that has been passed down from generation to generation and the resultant affect on the psyche, spirit, and neurochemical makeup of African-Americans.

I also propose that a national healing campaign is needed for the African-American with the full support of the U.S. government, educational and religious institutions. If it were not for the support of the U.S. government, businesses, educational and religious institutions, slavery could not have lasted as long as it did.

This campaign would include:

  • Counseling groups to discuss slavery and its impacts so that feelings can be resolved
  • Medical attention for individuals suffering from chemical imbalances
  • Education explicitly describing how slaves were treated during slavery and discrimination after slavery
  • Acknowledgement by the U.S. government for supporting slavery and provision of reparations for the economic loss to African-Americans as a result
  • Media coverage on the psychological and economical impact of slavery and discrimination and the need for government intervention and reparations
  • Instituting more affirmative action measures to counter the on-going racist attitudes and discrimination
  • Destroying any monuments or tributes to any acts that supported slavery or salutes those who did
  • Educating the public that there is “enough to go around” to discourage an attitude of scarcity
  • Building monuments to salute the African-Americans for their contributions to building America

Some believe that when slavery ended so did its impact. Well, I ask you if a “single” act of rape ended or a “single” act of physical abuse ended, did its impact also end then? Or, even just think of the World Trade Center terror, do you think that will be easily forgotten? Do you think the families were not affected? Do you think they don’t need financial support and help with the resultant feelings they have to live with? Of course not, and this was one event on one day.

There is another belief that time heals all wounds. I would agree if the wound was physical, but even some of those get worse if not properly treated. However, psychological wounds are different, just think about the last time someone disrespected you or treated you as if they were better than you are. Would you feel good? How quickly did you forget about it? Now, think of having to endure such acts on a daily basis for “all” of your living days. How easy would that be? It wouldn’t be easy at all. No one thrives in a negative environment.

Even if the government does not take action to aid healing, we must begin to do it to the greatest extent possible. We must also remember who helped us and who didn’t. We have suffered too much and too long to put this behind us. We must address it if we are to begin to thrive in our personal lives and become economically competitive as a people.

In addition, slavery for blacks was different than for any other group of enslaved peoples. Blacks were treated worse than cows and dogs! They were considered property like someone’s toilet or garbage pail. Yet, these things received better care and attention than they did.

So, whenever you think about African-American, know that you are thinking about a miracle of survival. It’s time to heal. Time is short.

God Bless You

Written: 12-26-01 by Gina McGill
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