This I Believe

Eliza - Greensboro, North Carolina
Entered on April 16, 2007
Age Group: 30 - 50
Themes: change

This I believe

I believe in radical primitive christianity.

I believe in enjoying your manic episodes but medicating anyway.

I do not believe in God unless I am medicated.

I believe that so much depends

upon

a red wheel

barrow

glazed with rain

water

beside the white

chickens.*

I believe that race trumps class.

And I believe William Julius Wilson may be a Black Phoenix Rising.

I believe that Stokely Carmichael and Martin Luther King and William Edward Burghardt Du Bois were on to something. And that it was the same thing.

I believe that people can change, and that they don’t wait until the end to write it all down.

I believe that Karl Marx changed.

I believe in black foster parents adopting white kids but not the other way around.

I believe in my kids. And their blackness. And my whiteness.

I believe in letting your lovelight shine.

I believe that love is not all you need.

I believe in letting people live.

I believe in letting people die.

I believe in unresolved tension and the ubiquity of essential mystery….

*thanks, William Carlos Williams.