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Unlikely activist: Early civil rights protester stands out for conservative views – Winston-Salem Journal: Local News

From journalist Jennifer Young of the Winston-Salem Journal:

Clarence Henderson

The time was the late 1940s, the place Greensboro. A mother had sent her two young sons to the neighborhood grocery. A gang of local toughs waited just outside the store. One came at the older brother from the front, one from the back and the third went for the money in the boy’s pocket.

The younger brother, who was only 6, stood back while his sibling managed to fight off the young would-be robbers. The little fellow took it all in, though, and came away with some very important life lessons: Be prepared to defend yourself. Show no fear.

Those were lessons that Clarence Henderson carried with him years later, on Feb. 2, 1960, when he walked through the door of 132 S. Elm St. in Greensboro and sat down to his place in his town’s –- and his nation’s – history.

And they’re lessons he remembers today as he proclaims a philosophy that sometimes raises eyebrows, even among those who consider him a hero for what he did 53 years ago. 

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Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Featured Guest blogs, Politics

 

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Food For Thought

Friends,

tug of warI just wanted to share my morning introspection with you – it will be brief but hopefully encourages you to do some soul searching of your own:

I spend most of my day writing about politics & fiction but I also go for walks and I’m a very introspective person who wrestles with ideas quite often, on those walks. Recently, I was thinking that memory & the ability to record history in whatever mediums are available to, or developed by a generation, exist to keep us from destroying ourselves — that’s one purpose anyway. We have the benefit of knowing the outcome of certain actions or failures to act because of recorded history. We know what signs to look for, yet too many of us suffer from willful myopia. Two of the first signs that we are on the path to repeating horrific mistakes from the past are the gradual, alarming refusal to see one another as humans – labels replace names, that I see too often. Too many of us assign a set of traits & beliefs to a label & allow very little room for deviation or exceptions once we assign them – “You’re a ___, therefore you must___”. I confess that I too, have been guilty of this – we all probably are, but we don’t have to accept it as something inherently human. We can evolve beyond such low-level thinking, I have hope for us as a species. Personally, I have even more hope & faith in Christ.


Secondly, irrational fear slowly replaces logic & common sense. Even as some read this, they are immediately thinking of a group represented by a label who fits the description, rather than or before looking into a mirror. I have not yet given up on the present inhabitants of this planet, but the deliberate disregard for historical lessons is glaring. Given what small space we are limited to, in the enormity of the universe & the fact that we are technological Neanderthals in terms of space travel, I just don’t understand why we don’t extend humanity to one another more consistently. It would go a long way in getting along. If not for ourselves then posterity. Regardless of how you think we got here — via aliens or evolution or a command from God, we have to share this space. If all of the oxygen disappears none of us will be able to breathe. Folks, let us not be selfish, uncivilized & behaving as if there is no memory or recorded history to guide us. If you’re still thinking of others to whom this caveat is fitting, be sure to first stop, assess, correct & govern self. Anything less is a betrayal to your own humanity.

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2013 in Philosophy, Society, Uncategorized

 

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