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Dear Katie…

Know that I am not trying to start an uproar or rising. I’m sorry if you think I have an undercurrent or my tone sounds surprising. Understand, I am outspoken…didn’t mean to offend. I get upset and overwrought about things that won’t mend. Personally, it’s hard to overlook these understated oversights, while I uphold what I believe and know without being uptight. Katie, this racial thing overall is harsh. This outbreak of blacks being shot by white cops is turning equality into a farce.
I thought we were overcoming being outcast; undertaking a new beginning. Upon farther review, outcomes are still the same; even our marching and singing. So if I turn your blue skies gray, leaving an overcast on your overview. I apologize, sometimes I get overly excited but what I am saying is overdue.
Forgive me if I get outlandish, go overboard or if I seem to over reach. All I want to do is uplift, upraise and teach. The upper-class and underclass needs to know that upward mobility is a must. Once we undergo transformation, we will upend hatred and learn trust. Love each other; never underline one by their race. Letting character outweigh skin color, eyes, nose, hair or any face. I am not looking for upheaval. I’m upfront and upright; believe me, I am not an underground or undercover racist. I’m just sensitive to our plight.
An overdose of social affection would be outstanding and help the public. An upswing of understanding would stop overkill of this subject. I try to give every one a fair shake before I overreact or show outrage in my writing. I check the facts. Apparently you read my work from the outset. Being factitious or fictitious, I think, would lose your respect. Being direct got me up, over, under and out to you without being politically correct. I’m sorry, but racism is reality but it’s something I am not willing to accept.

Sincerely yours,
DeVyne The Messenjah

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Oh, God!!!

Since the beginning of time we have argued, fought and killed nations of people over a simple concept called religion. We have gone to war over religion. Generations of people have been wiped out over religion. Civilizations put to the knife and enslaved over this thought and calling of their ‘God”. When we finally realize that we are praying, worshipping and giving benediction to the same deity, will this problem go away? Most likely it won’t.
Every group of worshippers wants to be right. They want to hold their belief and systems over every other group. The simplicity of one god would take the complexity out of our lives. The assertion of one god leads denial of complexity, encouraging us to make the world simple. It is not the fault of our god, but the crime committed by the believers. Thus comes the existence of many gods, conveying true complexity of mortal life and the chance for one to dominate the next.
God has many faces and also many names, we can try to fool ourselves but the truth is before our eyes. Every race, tribe, village, country and continent prays to the same god; all different but the same. All these gods are aspects of the one true God. But, all these believers are convinced that their version is the correct one. All these magnificent, Holy books agree on nothing, but carry similar stories purporting the word of one God.
I try not to get caught up in who is and what is what but I DO know this, I feel for what our God has to go through. Imagine it, listening to billions of people’s prayers. Witnessing the masses kneeling in our Gods name but not believing the same thing. I probably would create many names and faces for myself so I would be less burdened too.
God is all knowing and now I believe, He is more intelligent than we can ever be. If one group of people actually knew or served the one, true God, wouldn’t his worshipers hold dominance over all? Hence, we fight and keep the lie going “O’ ye of little faith”!!!

– Thomas D. Payne

No Answers

Why, can we put a man on the moon and make the guilty pay, but we can’t stop world hunger

or find a cure for AIDS?

Why are we always in a cross about this thing called religion, are we not searching for the same thing

whether Muslim, Jew or Christian?

Why has the country been at war for the past fourteen years, over a presidents lie, people die

while their loved ones shed tears.

Why are people now getting upset about the economy?  Is it because big business and

corporations are now losing money?

Why does it cost more to incarcerate and less to educate me, but you won’t help me go to college

instead, you’d rather lock me up and throw away the key?

Why does America want other governments to fold, becoming democracies, when these

people have lived this way for centuries before the United States was a country?

Why didn’t the government fix the levees they predicted would fail if New Orleans got hit

by a storm like Katrina, now these folks have no home, no city or can’t get paid by

insurance or help by FEMA?

Why are Blacks underrepresented in the social landscape, over represented in the courts,

minorities in the business professions but a majority in entertainment and sports?

Why does it feel we are not rising out of our plight but sinking deeper, can I be my brothers

keeper instead of his reaper?

Why when the rich prosper, the laws in effect are all good; but when they lose money, laws

change, affecting the trailer parks and the hood?

Why when Sri Lanka got hit by the tsunami, we sent over a hundred mil in aid, but on the

home front, we can’t find the money to help our elders pay for medical aid?

Why was it so easy to find Sadaam, the leader of a whole country, but couldn’t discover

Bin Laden in almost forever who only commands a small army?

Why when I write lines like this, pointing out Black and White issues, they call me a bigot?

What? No one loves the truth anymore? Why can’t I just be a realist?

– Thomas D. Payne