April 6, 2010

“Whites Only” in Kissimee: Really?

Let me get this straight.

First, we hear about the people of Fulton, Missippi holding a fake prom for lesbians and special ed. students while the “normal” kids were allowed to attend the regular high school prom.

And now, we learn that the leaders of a town in Florida apparently condoned a “whites only” table at a local eatery!

What century is this? Sounds like some of our fellow Americans didn’t get the memo that we’ve entered the new millennium.

Elephriends, we have work to do!  Let’s each of us get out there and do what we can to transform our world by showering it with compassion, truth, love and justice, starting in the cities and towns that each of us happen to live in.  If it is to be, it is up to we!


For clarity’s sake, it should be said that I may have overstated things about that town’s leader’s condoning what happened.

But, assuming the allegations are true, it does seem clear that the police department downplayed the incident, and at least one police officer seems to have accepted the understanding that that table was indeed set aside for white people only.  The issue is how we humans can come to accept, and therefore be complicit in, the most horrible things.  It baffles me that this happens, but it clearly does.

I may even be guilty of complicity in condoning other kinds of injustice.  You might be too.  The question is: do we dare look into such a mirror?

Roger is an ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church and he currently serves as the director of the Wesley Foundation campus ministry at C.U. in Boulder, CO.

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