Are We The People?

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution states the following:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

In our world today, we see a great deal of disparity in how one group is treated over another. We have witnessed just how the rules are not the same for EVERYONE. Behaviors that deserve certain attention or actions against inappropriate, unjust and discriminatory practices go completely unnoticed and unaddressed.

Police brutality, racial discrimination, injustice and inequality are very REAL issues that people of color, particularly African American people live with, each and every day. If The Constitution of the United States  allows for peaceful protest, then why is it so hard to have peaceful responses; remembering that as citizens of this country, we were born with the right to do so.

There are American documents that we are taught in school that supposedly encompass all that it means to be an American. Are these ideals ONLY for those who are not people of color? If this is the home of the brave and the land of the free then why not understand that none of these PEACEFUL protests are designed to disrespect OUR flag or OUR Country, but does this Country, respect the differences of race and culture and beliefs? Or do they ONLY do so when YOU fall into line, “behaving” and accepting unacceptable practices that are harmful to you and your community?

Instead of dismissing each other’s plights, let us take time to actually LISTEN to what it is that is being said; what’s being fought for AND what’s being questioned here. Are ALL men created EQUAL? Or were those just some words that sounded good at the time.

Here’s to brighter days!

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C.K. McGhee is a woman of faith who believes in nurturing her spiritual relationship with God in order to be her best and to give her best. She hails from New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley, which is just north of New York City. Having been diagnosed with Major Depressive and Anxiety Disorder twenty years ago, she is concerned with bringing awareness to the Mental Health crisis in America; specifically focused on The African-American community. She believes that not only are her struggles with mental health a testimony for someone else who may be struggling but that it’s the very foundation for her advocacy platform; to inspire, motivate and inform others that there is life despite mental health challenges. Her signature phrase, “Here’s to brighter days”, maintains a steadfast hope that all of the voices that have been silenced by stigma, will be supported to speak their truth, knowing and understanding the value of their lives; walking in purpose towards their brighter days!

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