Sunday, February 10, 2008

Hello MPC Group

I just wanted to give you some feedback from our first group session in class yesterday evening.Thank you all for your openness and willingness to share your honest views and opinions with our group. Everything that you shared had profound meaning. You brought some old and new things to the forefront for each of us to consider and reconsider. You help to make us more aware of the greater need to take a closer view of our environment and to those who are in it.Some of your comments were very compassionate and deeply heartfelt. And, although they were not addressed during our session, please note that your agony did not go unnoticed. The heaviness of your heart was shared amongnst many, if not all of us.It is indeed a known fact that racism affects all minorities. It is also true that African Americans are not the only minorities that suffers from this toxin. Asians, Latinos, American Indians and every other minority race feels the painful impact of the oppression of racism.The African Americans were fortunate to have great men and women such as, Dr. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks to stand up (and sit down) to say "No More." They paid a price that gave us a voice and civil rights for equal opportunities. The question is, just how much have things really changed from since that time?Here are my thoughts: While through their great efforts certain laws were established to protect the rights of all people, there are men and women of the law and others who are in positions of authority that break these same laws everyday, however, in subtle ways. And because they are priviledged people who are protected by their superiors; those that should address these matters, turn their heads in the other direction, and therefore they are allowed to get away with it. Can these conditions ever change?My answer: Yes, there can be change. I believe that one of the processes for change begins in the Nyack College, Christian-based, "Understanding Diverse Populations" Spring 2008, New York City classroom. God has called His committed and faithful servant, Professor Mayra Lopez-Humphreys to guide, to instruct and to train a chosen group of students "for such a time as this". We will learn the value of ourselves, as well as those who are the same, and those who are different from us. Through our better understanding of diverse populations, we will be prepared to go into all the world to empower and bring new hope to all who are oppressed that will cross our paths. These occassions will provide opportunities for the Lord to be seen and heard in the earth. As His servants, demonstrate His love to all mankind and help to set the captive free.Professor Humphreys thank you for your careful selection of our group. They are a wonderful diverse group. They are all quite brilliant and rather insightful, which brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our group. I look forward to sharing and working with them, as well as learning from each of them throughout this semester.May you all be blessed immensely in Christ Jesus,Percie
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