When Margaret Mitchell’s famous/fascinating book, Gone With The Wind, was at the height of its fame, one of her friends remarked that many people were saying mean things about her, things that could ruin her reputation. Margaret, often called an American Rebel, replied:
“With enough courage, you can do without a reputation.” Margaret Mitchell. (Great interview with Margaret here): http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/margaret-mitchell-american-rebel-interview-with-margaret-mitchell-from-1936/2011/
We live in a time when people in many walks of life spend much of their life in attempts to destroy by denigrating the reputation of others. Often the others are light years more radiant than those who attack. This is true in the secular and sacred professions, hence, my interest in Ms. Mitchell’s statement on courage.
One famous restaurant entrepreneur recently suffered tremendous financial penalties due to “racist” remarks made some thirty years ago. Can you imagine what suffering the person who made the following remarks must be enduring:
“…that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which will ever forbid the two races living together in terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together, there must be the position of superior and inferior. I am as much as any other man in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.”
KKK quote? Not hardly. Abraham Lincoln! He spoke the thought of his time. I know of no campaign to remove his statue. Nor do most people of our time hold to any truth in his statement.
I personally find myself in a similar position racially as Barak Hussein Obama, whom Jesse Jackson said was not “black enough,” referring to a Kenyan Father and white Mother. My mother was white and my father was a Red Monacan Indian, so I am not red or white enough! I often feel like scalping enemies, so I suppose I’m Red. Americans, especially Christian Americans, need to settle in 2017 and move past Gone With the Wind times.
Copyright © 2017 Larry Lilly
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