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“Beautiful words become meaningless when the will to make them a reality does not exist.” -Micheal Payne

I was spending time creating a post which would have given you all so much life (see Everything), but in lieu of recent events I decided to switch it up and turn focus to a more serious topic -America. Of all the patriotic songs that we learned in elementary school, my favorite was “America the Beautiful” written by Katharine Lee Bates. This song is lyrically awesome, but are we living in the America that Bates once imagined? Police brutality, financial deficit, hate crimes, corruption, pollution. Hell, the heat in Dallas. I. Think. Not.

O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, 
For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain! 

Over the years, the only things that have filled the skies are raised fists and large-size posters demanding justice. Both young and old have gathered, crying out for peace, yearning for understanding. Day after day another soul is indefinitely defeated, in a war they never declared. The weather always seems to be partly  debatable with a 90% chance of yet another man’s blood bouncing off the concrete in terror. Sunny days are rare. And even in those moments of light, we complain. The mountains here stand tall, representing the largeness of life itself around us. But when was the last time you took a moment to simply appreciate the air you breathe and the life you live?

America! America! God shed his grace on thee

(My favorite line). Before any of us were ever born, God took his time to create life in such a country as diverse, inspiring, and good fortuned as this. America in itself is a gift. We are overwhelmed with resources that we ungratefully misuse and often times forget how privileged we are as a people. He has provided abundantly, but we still want more. We just have to have more; and speaking of more, we need Him now more than ever. We’ve been blessed in so many ways but we take it all for granted, until it is too little, too late. I could go on and on about this one but it speaks for itself. Read it twice.

And crown thy good with brotherhood 

If only we lived in a country that valued this . We rather spend time belittling one another than helping the next man in his time of need. We hesitate to give the charity down the street a dollar, but raise thousands of dollars for people on the other side of the world without a second thought. Goodness is color blind. It sees not race, sexual orientation, nor gender- but more so the hopeless, the needy, the one praying for change. If I had a dollar for every time another man’s decision pissed off another here, I could raise minimum wage myself. Opinion isn’t always needed and we have to learn that. What ever happened to the land of the free and home of the brave? Or did I miss the fine print that stated, “Rules apply on a case by case basis”. Brave souls are taunted for speaking their truths. Innocent minds imprisoned by societal norms on a daily. Go out today and do a good deed- in your community. Enlighten another.

In summary, America needs healing… From sea to shining sea.

Keyword: restoration |ˌrestəˈrāSHən| : the action of returning something to a former owner, place, or condition

As much as I want us to be restored, was there ever a time in history that we actually were? Feel free to comment your opinion, because I’m curious. Every day we state that things must change, but are we assisting in getting to that change we want to see? If you want to see change, BE change. I mean, we live in a day and time that nothing will get better without it. Erroneous Twitter “journalists” and marches every other weekend won’t do the job alone. No, it starts much smaller, within you.  I challenge you all to dig deeper and think more critically. Wake up and know things for your own benefit. Be a better neighbor, a better employee, a better person. Know when to lead and know when to stay in your lane. Find time to change the times. Be great America. Happy 4th.

-Ki.

7 Comments

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    Suzy-Pie

    July 2, 2015

    This was very well written. I agree with much of what you said. When it comes to those songs that we learned in elementary school, I restrict my seven-year old from participating in their glorification. Why? Because those things are not true. This country may be one of the best on earth, but there is no honor in it or its development. So, it is good to know the songs for knowledge sake, but that is where it ends.

    The writer of this song must have disregarded all the bloodshed of the natives and focused only on the beauty built on top of their graves. Goodness IS NOT colorblind, but in all honesty, this country was NOT founded on goodness. It was founded on greed and hatred. Although, it did turn out pretty decent in spite of the fact.

    As long as these facts of mistreatment are overlooked and unaddressed by those who played a part in committing them, there will always be an underlying feeling of resentment towards the people in power and this country as a whole.

    The “land of the free” was developed on the backs and labor of those enslaved in bondage. Imagine that irony?

    Great job on the article! Keep it coming Ki.

    Favorite Lines:

    – “The weather always seems to be partly debatable with a 90% chance of yet another man’s blood bouncing off the concrete in terror.”

    – “If I had a dollar for every time another man’s decision pissed off another here, I could raise minimum wage myself.”

    – “Brave souls are taunted for speaking their truths. Innocent minds imprisoned by societal norms on a daily.”

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    Diva

    July 2, 2015

    I loveee the way you intertwined the lyrics into your post! Very clever 😘 Keep it up, looking foward to the next post! Way to Ki(eep) it REAL! I’m lame and you love it lol

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    Mallize Wilkes

    July 2, 2015

    You have a way with words ma’am! I’ve always spoken to the standard that America lives by as it’s advertised and the truth Americans have to face today. We must be better people, if not for the call of the next generation, then for ourselves. “Opinion isn’t always needed and we have to learn that. What ever happened to the land of the free and home of the brave? Or did I miss the fine print that stated, “Rules apply on a case by case basis”. We are all trying to get our piece of the “American Dream.” Focus on what is beneficial for you and yours, and give back to those less fortunate. If we stick to this, we could rule the world. But hey, shoulda coulda woulda. When you know better, you do better. I’ll continue to pray for our people. Happy 4th and stay blessed!

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    Robin.

    July 2, 2015

    Your message made me think…It made me realize that even n 2015 your concerns, views, n questions about this country is the same views questions n concerns we had n 1995, an our parents n grand parents had n 1965….Will this country ever be a country that stands by the words n its’ Constitution “All men are equal”…This country was built on lies, murder, rape, stealing just pure evil.. when you create with the devil’s blessing rest to sure you’re gonna get his rewards…so No..their will never be equality or fairness cause America wasn’t built on those words..
    love your work lil cuz. …keep challenging our minds….

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    Auntie Blondie

    July 4, 2015

    Keep up the good work! Love you and God Bless!

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    Cuzzin Tammy

    July 4, 2015

    Beautifully and honestly stated. Keep writing young lady.

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    cjostine

    July 7, 2015

    Still one of my all time favorite musical compositions ever. It’s funny we were taught this song before we learned about the financial greedy, discriminatory, and self serving country we all know as America today. This song gives our old childhood aspirations of living in the country Bates described, a possibility one day. Our adolescent and inexperienced minds believed it then, so with the abstract minds we have now, I don’t see why this still can’t be a reality. Let’s restore what we once thought was real.

    You could’ve taken a plethora of approaches with this topic, I’m glad you gave it the optimistic /sanguine spin ✊🏾

    Nice read Ki!

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