January 28, 2003
I have it on good authority that the meek shall inherit the earth; a hard sell by modern standards. In this world, the meek are scorned, ridiculed, abused, railroaded, pillaged, and slaughtered. But they are nowhere near to inheriting anything. To be meek is in nowise desirable. There was a time – not too long ago - that meekness bespoke strength. A time, quite frankly, when meekness was all that black people had. To behave otherwise could mean death. Meekness invoked other qualities. To be meek required a measure of patience and dignity, of inner calm and fortitude. Qualities that today are largely forgotten.