I am an American and you are an American. It is time that we start thinking this way because this is who we really are.
My relatives were originally from Sweden and from Germany, basically, and a few other countries mixed in. Don’t call me a Swedish American. I am not. I am an American and I want to be known as an American. If you have parents who were originally from Sweden and Africa, you are NOT an African American, you are an American. Until we start thinking this way, everything we do will have racial overtones to it. Take Albany, just as an example. Almost everything you see in the newspaper has a racial tone to it. To me, it seems that it is constantly a battle of white against black! This has to stop and we need YOU and ME to do our part in helping make this AMERICA.
In the small town, farm-area of northern Illinois where my wife and I are from, mixing of the races was almost non-existent back when I was growing up. And the same was true of getting pregnant before marriage. That has been changing there and all over the country, as time has been passing. And, yes, I have relatives who are of different races now, so when you say uncomplimentary things about certain races, you are saying them about ME, too. The same is true about a lot of other people today that you are talking too, so mind your words! Again, remember that we are all Americans, the greatest country in the world!
So, to become Americans, what are some of the other things that need to be done in this wonderful country of ours? Stop and think about this a little bit. No more separate Miss America pageants. No more white or black only “yellow” pages. No more of the supporting businesses of this race over that race. No more organizations supporting one racial group over another. I could go on and on but you get what I trying to say and when you have the opportunity to do your part regarding this matter, stand up and be counted.
We each must do our part to make a change in our overall thinking. That’s all it is. We just need to think differently now that we are grown-ups. Remember how we had to change when we got older and quit wearing our ball caps backwards looking like an immature little kid?
These things are all obvious, but we just need to be reminded every once in awhile and give a little push to do our part in making change come about. President Obama said that, if elected, he would make a lot of needed changes. What a great time for us, too, to commit to some worthy changes our selves.
My thoughts regarding the word, CHANGE:
C – Change the world for the better, one step at a time.
H – Have respect for others and they will respect you.
A – Ask for forgiveness and give it to others.
N – No to drugs and racial divisiveness.
G – Give Love a chance and you will get love in return.
E – Expect the best and you will get what you expect!
Written by Ted Anderson. Insurance agent Ted W. Anderson worked in sales for half a century, has lived in Albany since 1993. He is president of Dover Lane Neighborhood Watch. Send email to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.