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“What side of history will you be on?”
If you have not read Caste by Isabel Wilkerson (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Warmth of Other Suns) you should. This book also will win major book awards. It succinctly and objectively lays out the origins of our discontents. You probably won’t be shocked to learn that Nazi Germany studied the American system to establish the diabolical regime that attempted to exterminate Jews. The book makes it clear why racists fly confederate flags and Nazi iconography almost interchangeably. The question presented is which side of history we will choose to be on, especially our white Brothers and Sisters who U.S. racists are trying to manipulate via fear tactics. I believe the good people outnumber the bad. What I am not sure of is whether or not fear is more compelling than hope. It was love and hope that got us all through some dark days, so I choose love and hope.
If you really believe in the dream of America, the choice of who to vote for this presidential election cycle is a simple one. If you are blinded by the dog-whistles of racism and bigotry, the choice will appear more difficult. Say what you will. When it came down to voting in 2016—7/10 white men and 6/10 white women voted for Trump. I pray that in 2020 you will vote your faith and values and not your fears. A vote for hatred, bias, lies, indecency and hucksterism is a vote driven by fear. It’s the same craziness and hysterics that led to Nazi Germany.
What side of history will you be on? What America do our children deserve? What’s kind of ironic is that DNA wise, we are 99 percent the same. If the oldest human bones are found in Africa, then we are all descendants of and connected to that continent. How we got here is through a series of astonishing events, many lies, too many deceptions and numerous atrocities. Where we go from here will be determined by the way we VOTE. I pray you vote reason over race. I pray you vote love over hate. I pray that you love the dream of “America” as much as you say you do.
In this issue of SoulVision Magazine, we feature the great Jeffrey Wright. His talent is undeniable. In our candid conversation with Jeffrey, he reveals his process and his passion for cinema. Creatives Kingsley Kobayashi and Nova Lorraine share some of their magic sauce with us. We also include a sneak peek at the upcoming documentary—Ali’s Comeback by Art Jones—detailing the resurgence of the pugilist legend’s first fight after being stripped of his heavyweight title in 1967 at the tender age of 25. We close out the issue with a champion of childhood literacy—Carylee Carrington, a new recipe for the soul by chef Jerome Grant, and words of wisdom from media mogul and legend Paula Madison. You get a new look when you have SoulVision! Thank you for reading and sharing.