Cry, the beloved country. Cry, the beloved Louisiana.
Alan Paton’s novel, “Cry, the Beloved Country” gives us a picture of the condition of the black people of South Africa, prior to the imposition of the worst of the apartheid legislation. It is a picture of man’s inhumanity to man.
It is a condition not totally different than slavery.
At a distance we can agree that Nelson Mandela was correct in taking military action against the oppressors. But could there not have been an earlier solution? Were there were not enough leaders who saw that the injustices could not endure? Even as great a man as Archbishop Tutu could not prevail upon the white supremacists to a reasonable resolution of the problem that everyone recognized.
What has that to do with us in Louisiana?
There are injustices here.
There is racism. Yes, there is.
There are people here who are un. You add what you know about: unemployed, under-nourished, under-educated, unconcerned.
Oh, that last one probably caught a few of us who have put up with politics as usual instead of insisting that our public servants spend their efforts on public service rather than fundraising and re-election.
Perhaps we need to draft every citizen to 10 hours per week of public service. Then we might solve some of these problems.