These have been difficult days here in our country after the events in Charlottesville, VA, controversy regarding the words from President Trump and additional demonstrations around the country.
Our population in East Amherst/Clarence is predominantly Caucasian, so we do not have the history of racial discrimination that has affected a huge portion of the citizens of the United States.
In the book of Genesis it is written “God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them” Gn.1′ God didn’t create just white but all people. I was impressed with actor Morgan Freeman when he said he looks at a person “not as a white person or black person, but a person.”
It is terrible that a group of Americans who are KKK, neo-Nazis or white supremacists give the impression that a majority of Americans share their beliefs. Most Americans certainly know and appreciate the words of the Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self evident, that ALL MEN are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, among them are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
While our country has come along way regarding race relations, we still have a ways to go to fulfill Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream for the rights of all people of this country.
We need to do whatever we can in this little piece of the world here in the Amherst-Clarence area to make sure that we treat EVERYONE with dignity and respect. We then reflect what God has created us to do.
– Fr. Yetter
August 24, 2017