Perilous Times  (aka "batshit crazy") 

By Sharon Leslie Morgan
August 9, 2017

We are living in perilous times. Democracy is being challenged to an unprecedented degree, not
only from external sources, like Russia and North Korea, but from the heartland of America, via
rejuvenated Ku Klux Klan klaverns and uncensored voices spewing hatred across the land.
Republican politicians are on a mission to gerrymander voting districts and circumscribe voting
rights. The NRA is urging everyone (except the most vulnerable) to exercise their 2 nd amendment
right to bear arms. “Batshit crazy” political commentator Sean Hannity is even calling for civil
war.

I am not a religious person, but I can’t help but notice that the Bible, the Koran, and the Torah all
concur with the “perilous times” prediction written in the King James bible (2 Timothy 3:1):
“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of
themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful,
unholy,   unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”

How did we get here? Have the lessons of history not been learned? Where is America’s moral
compass? Have human values been corrupted to the point of no return?

These rhetorical questions demand consideration by conscious Americans who yearn to see our
beloved country continue on the path toward greatness, one that enshrines certain truths to be
self-evident: “…that all (people) are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with
certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

It is not a matter of making America great again; it is a matter of following the lead of historical
figures like John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Bobby Kennedy, Martin Luther King,
Malcolm X, and others who paved a way toward progress, not regress. But here we are, back to
square one, where conscious Americans are struggling to comprehend WTF is going on and what
can I/we do to stop the madness?

When I visited Saratoga Springs as a featured speaker for the 2017 MLK community observance,
I was enthralled by the spirit of activism. It made my heart leap with joy to behold citizens of all
ages, races, walks of life, and income levels banding together and refusing to accept the decline
of American civilization into an abyss of ignorance and hate. I witnessed a community of people
speaking truth to power, using whatever abilities they had. It was clear they recognized the need
for a change of heart and mind, which is something no law can achieve. Change is only possible
through individual choice, combined with concerted community action that addresses ALL of the
inequities that are built into the American social fabric.

In 1963, Rev. King wrote his “Letter From a Birmingham Jail” in which he said: “Injustice
anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of
mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all
indirectly.”

His words ring out loudly today. I am confident that Saratoga Springs hears the message
reverberating across time. I pray that America is listening as well.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sharon Leslie Morgan is the co-author with Thomas DeWolf of Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade (Beacon Press, 2012) and the author of Paris in a Pot: Living a Dream in the City of Light (Morgan Publishing, 2016). She is the founder of OurBlackAncestry.com, a genealogy community devoted to African American family history.