I recently had the opportunity to view the film,”Veterans of Color.”
I thought it was an excellent film because it brought out many of the hardships our colored brothers and sisters faced while serving in the military in days gone past. Many of the conditions they endured should have never been allowed to take place . Those conditions went on for far too long and it is good these veterans are finally getting the recognition they deserve.
In the past, mankind has been very cruel to each other, and no race, creed,national origin, or ethnicity has been excluded. At one time or another everyone has , and probably will be in the future, treated in an unkind manner. Power and money , as well as fear and lack of knowledge, corrupts.
This has always been the way of humanity, and from what I’ve read in history, things were a lot worse in times gone by than they are today. In the past people often acted like savages, not true so much today.
We need to move beyond this, hardly anyone is alive today that perpetrated or suffered under these conditions. Although we don’t live in a perfect world and never will , it is time to let bygones be bygones and stop punishing those who had nothing to do with the atrocities.
It is time to quit dwelling on the past , take the lessons learned and make this a better world because of it.
I have the greatest respect for all veterans, I am one myself, and it is time for us as Americans to once again start standing up for what is good and great about this great country we live in. We live in the greatest country to ever exist on the planet, it is time to preserve it for future generations.
The veterans of color need to continue to tell their story, however, they should consider another worth while mission.
Black on black crime is horrendous, 95% of blacks are killed by other blacks. Our young, especially the blacks need good role models , something that is blatantly obviously missing in today’s society.
It is time to put aside the injustices of the past, it does no good to dwell on them. The time has come to forge ahead , taking what we have learned from past experiences and apply them to making our lives better in the future.
The Veterans of Color have a proud and distinguished history, and should be proud of what they have accomplished.
In my opinion, there are many who need their leadership and guidance to show the young it doesn’t matter what hardships and barriers have been placed in your path, the only thing that really matters is how you overcome those obstacles and use them to lead a successful life.
We all have two choices in life, to wallow in misery and despair, or rise to the top like these veterans have. Many need the guidance these brave men and women can provide.
America is in trouble,what can we do?
Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!
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