Monday, February 13, 2012

Freedom to Love or Hate

I don't know what makes me more sad, the passing of the beautiful and talented Whitney Houston or the profound venomous hatred being spewed by some very ignorant persons.  What makes America so great is our freedoms.  We have the freedom to worship in our desired way, speak freely and openly against our government, without fear of death.  We are also free to dislike people based on their religion, race or gender and we can choose the books, art and music which we enjoy.  If you don't like the music of a particular person, group or genre, you are free to choose something that is more appealing to you.

However, our freedoms are no excuse for using the battles of one person as a platform for jokes and hateful speech.  It is inappropriate, classless, and purely evil to use the untimely death of anyone as a time to spread  racist propaganda.  We each have personal struggles and demons and have experienced the death of a loved one.  Whitney Houston's death is tragic. She was a beloved mother, daughter, sister and friend.  The color of her skin and her past addiction does not lessen the pain of loss for those who love her.

Whitney Houston has left an indelible mark on the music industry and fans world-wide.  She has won over 400 awards, including 6 Grammy's. She will be remembered for her contributions and phenomenal talent for generations to come.  What are you doing with your life? What will be your legacy?

Frankly, it is of little consequence if you dislike Hispanics, Africans, Asians or any people group.    You and your narrow-minded way of life and thinking, has enslaved and trapped you in a state of torment all your making.  I won't offer any prayers on your behalf, because sadly, you will not accept any kindness from people like me.  No matter.  Thankfully, you are not the keeper of heaven or hell and your insignificant life is marginalized and shortened by hating other racial groups.  As Whitney sang in one of her many hits, "it's not alright, but it's OK!"