Two Spirits Stormed the U.S. Capital: We decide which to nurture

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Photo from Rebecca Fog website

It’s been a week since the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capital and it still feels like the bad dream that we knew was coming. Failure to systemically act on the warnings from social justice prophets like Fannie Lou Hamer, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Edward Said, Dolores Huerta, Yuri Kochiyama, Rabbi Joshua Heschel, Leonard Peltier and others continued to hollow out the soul of our nation. From this empty place two spiritual forces formed: solidarity movements for social justice and vigilante movements of White supremacy and conspiracy.

Both stormed the U.S. Capital. Each with a different approach.

On January 6, 2021, on the Christian holiday of Epiphany, we ironically witnessed the horrifying truth that United States could no longer avoid: our fight for freedom is a spiritual battle.

which spirit will you nurture? Will you feed “freedom for all” or “mass deception and hate”?

We the People of the United States, will form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity

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If the people feed “mass deception and hate”

Simply put, the grand experiment of the US democracy is doomed. Many prophets of justice warned of this impending doom if the United States failed to systemically deal with racism, White Supremacy, mass deception and the growing vigilantism permeating all levels of society. Yet the calls were ignored and “freedom for all” smothered. The prophets were killed, jailed, silenced, exiled, or some co-opted by money and false seats at table. Resolved to preserve a disUnited States of America, emerged a mass movement of deception and hate led by corrupt government officials, White supremacists, colluding marginalized persons, billionaire CEOs, cooperative educational officials and others. All in the name of “Making America Great Again.”

But before we blame everything on Trumpism, let’s trace this bloodline back to the real culprit: the emergence of Reaganism in the 1980s.

We must ask if all the evidence points towards its toxicity, then why have 75 million people chosen to live with it? Loss is hard. Dealing with the truth is too painful. Many would rather live in facades of false realities rather than deal with the facts: the US is changing, corruption sold them out, and the “freedom for all” spirit is here to stay. The outcome is clear, if people continue to stay deceived, then more dark days await us.

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If the people feed “freedom for all”

We bring much needed vindication to the prophetic forefathers and foremothers that laid down their lives in pursuit of ending deception, hate, and injustice. The current calls to end the hypocrisy, treat everyone fair and equitable, dismantle White Supremacy, and cease domestic and global imperialism would render an end to oppression. We would unleash shared positional power across all aspects of society. We’d courageously use our individual power and choice to build multi-stakeholder coalitions to design a socially just society where all members have full and equal participation to benefit from the plethora of resources in the United States. Interracial and intercultural solidarity movements would gain enough momentum to genuinely convert those previously resistant to justice-based social change. The halls of every local, state, national government would represent the beautiful diversity of our country.

We would no longer need to say “first Jewish Senator, first Black American Superintendent, first Indigenous news anchor, or first Arab American President” because diversity, inclusion, and equity would become a norm across all positions in society.

I remain hopeful that we can bring light into our present dark moment. Collectively, we can build on the current equity work occurring across all levels of society by feeding the “freedom for all” spirit. I believe we can create a genuine mass conversion for justice by trusting ourselves to use our power and choice to be the change that we wish to see.

The Choice is Yours

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Which spirit will you nurture: “freedom for all” or “mass deception and hate”? The future of our collective humanity depends on your answer.

Annice is the CEO of The BEE FREE Woman & Developing Capacity Coaching. Her writing is a freedom tool for people ready to use their power and choice for change.

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