Everyday People

Everyday, people by Sly and The Family Stone greeted me this morning when I turned on my music. The song is about acknowledging and celebrating people for their differences. The song was released in 1968, 53 years ago.

The appeal that Sly is making is the same appeal that many of us are making today.
Have we moved forward?

I would think that we would’ve moved forward. That the lessons people were trying to teach us would have stuck. For example, take addition and subtraction. Believe it or not, there was a time in my life when I didn’t know how to add 325 + 432. I was taught how to add. Today I still know how to add. I didn’t forget.

Yet it seems that as I read the newspaper or listen to the news, it is apparent that we either forgot the lessons that Sly was singing about 53 years ago, or never even learned the lessons, or didn’t want to learn?

Or perhaps we need more teachers, more people who are willing to continue to discuss that our DNA is the same, and race is a social and cultural concept. That I am not inferior, nor am I lazy or trying to take your country from you. Perhaps you don’t know me personally. Maybe you believe that another group of people who look like me, perhaps those people are inferior, perhaps they want to take the country from you.
I don’t know. I don’t understand. It makes me sad.

One thought on “Everyday People

  1. This is great, Steven. I love this. I mean, I don’t love that it makes you sad, but I love that you’re sharing your feeling about it in this way. I wonder how much of this is that we forgot, and how much of it is that we got taught something else, and some of us believed it? I think your analogy about addition is incredibly apt. Maybe we’ve been taught that 2+2≠4?

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