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No Hyphenated Americans

Dear Fellow Americans,

It is my pleasure to announce another edition of the Truth in Black & White.This video presentation is about one of the most important issues facing the future of our country - unity.

I have a passionate commitment to end the racial division which is being perpetuated by the left. I believe that Americans overwhelmingly want to leave the past behind and treat each other as human beings without regard to skin color. Nonetheless, a small group of liberal elites in politics, media and academia want to keep the division going.

For decades now the left has made it a strategy to divide and conquer. They want Americans at each other’s throats, competing for handouts and leftovers from the government table.

Their most pernicious strategy has been racial and ethnic division. They want to engender hatred and resentment among our citizens. They need victim classes in order to keep themselves in power as saviors from the very injustices they perpetuate - poverty, poor education and lack of jobs. It is nothing but a thinly veiled version of Marxist class warfare, which they engineer for raw political power.

What I propose in this newest video would not be controversial, except that leftists control the mainstream media. I contend that it is time to do away with the hyphenated American. It is time to stop calling ourselves Irish-Americans, Italian-Americans, African-Americans or any other hyphenated version of our American identity. It is time for each of us to say proudly and boldly, “I am an American.”

I am not suggesting that we should be ashamed of our ancestry. However, many of us are generations removed from our ancestral origins. America is all we and our families have known for centuries. I have not yet visited Africa, let alone lived there. I hope to visit that continent someday, but not to live there. I am an American. Most of us feel the same way, regardless of where our forefathers and mothers came from.

We need not deny our ancient history in order to embrace the common culture and values of our beloved home - the United States of America. I wonder about the future of our country if ethnic and racial divisions loom larger and larger. We should be more unified with each succeeding generation, not less. Unfortunately, there are forces at work in our nation dragging us into ethnic and racial conflict.

Each time we recite the Pledge of Allegiance, we end with the words, “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” One major step toward advancing that vision would be to espouse a vocabulary of unity.

The future demands it. No longer should we be hyphenated, bifurcated or demarcated. We don’t have to agree on everything, but let us at least agree that as Americans we are heirs of a noble legacy of faith, courage, ingenuity, hard work and self-sacrifice.

As I have said many times, our ancestors may have come on different ships, but we are all in the same boat now. Let’s save the boat, not sink it. God bless you and yours and may He continue to bless America.

For God & Country,

Bishop E.W. Jackson Sr.


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