On Race & Religion

Eve
12" x 12" acrylic on canvas
These are the nationalities represented in my family: African American, Cuban, Colombian, French, German, Irish, Native American, Norwegian, and Puerto Rican.

These are the nationalities represented by my friends and colleagues: African American, Aruban, Australian, British, Canadian, Chinese, Finnish, French, German, Irish, Italian, Israeli, Jamaican, Jordanian, Korean, Maori, Mexican, Native American, Nepalese, Norwegian, Polish, Punjabi, Russian, Scottish, Swedish, Tanzanian, Tibetan, Vietnamese, and Yugoslavian.

These are the religions represented by both groups: African mysticism, Agnostic, Atheist, Baha'i, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Christan Science, Episcopalian, Gnostic Christian, Hindu, Islam, Jehovah's Witness, Judaism, Methodist, Native American traditions, Pagan traditions, Seventh Day Adventist, Shamanism, Sikhism, Taoist, Unitarian Universalist, Wicca and Zen.

My own heritage is African American, Cherokee, Irish, Seminole, and Sioux. There is also no name for my religion since I have been studying comparative religion with adherents from around the world for almost two decades. I suppose you could say my beliefs are a blend of all of them.

As you can see, my love does not discriminate. If yours does, my reply to you will be the same:

"There's enough division in this world. Do better." 

It isn't hard to coexist.
Hatred is a choice.
Choose wisely.

Respectfully,
O.M.

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