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Let’s be clear, the reason why slavery and racism are deplorable is self-evident. Also, I’m not a fan of Confederate statues. I never liked them. (I blogged about it here over a year ago.) As uncomfortable as they make me, here’s why they need to stay up — it’s actually very simple:

So, we NEVER forget!

These statues must remain so no one can ever deny that Slavery never happened in America; that Jim Crow, in all it’s ugly forms, never happened!

Sure, we have museums and places like Gettysburg where we can go. But that’s not enough. There needs to be a reminder in every American town and city of our own atrocities. So, we never forget! So, no one can ever deny it happened. So, it never again occurs.

Once these monuments of Lee, Longsheets, “Stonewall” Jackson and alike are gone, we limit the evidence that such beliefs and actions were once a part of the fabric of America. And, once this is gone, we open the door for a new breed of haters: The Deniers!

So, how do we begin this transition? How do we take a statue of Robert E. Lee and give it new meaning? I believe the great comedian and movie producer Mel Brooks has found it.

Years ago, Brooks told Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes:

“Hitler was part of this incredible idea that you could put Jews in concentration camps and kill them…How do you get even with the man? How do you get even with him?” he asks Wallace. “You have to bring him down with ridicule, because if you stand on a soapbox and you match him with rhetoric, you’re just as bad as he is, but if you can make people laugh at him, then you’re one up on him,” he tells Wallace. “It’s been one of my lifelong jobs – to make the world laugh at Adolf Hitler,” says Brooks.

Charlie Chaplin lampooned Hilter. Disney did as well, sending Hilter to Hell. He also enlisted Donald Duck to do the same. Of course, there’s Hogan’s Hero’s. And let’s not forget the hilarious Hilter Pineapple scene in Adam Sandler’s Little Nicky.

The movie Forest Gump is a perfect example of this type of lampooning. Watch the clip here:

You can’t watch that clip without realizing how sad – and ridiculous was this part of our American history.

So, for now, we need to keep these monuments up for the same reason Forrest Gump’s mother gave him his name.

“Momma said that the Forrest part was to remind me that sometimes we all do things that, well, just don’t make no sense.”

And instead of venting our anger with violence, we can bring these statues down with ridicule – and make the world laugh at Adolph Hilter … and all those like him.

 

 

James DobkowskiJames Henry is the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, ‘Twas, and the new book series Hail Mary. For six years, James taught At-Risk kids in Los Angeles. Today, he lives in New York where he continues to write — and teach. To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman & McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988 or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.

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Photo: Samir | Preemptive Love

When ISIS came for his grandmother, 10-year-old Samir stood between her and the militants. This is his heroic story.

Learn more go to: http://preemptivelove.org/seebeyond

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It was Taco Tuesday at the Dobkowski House.  As we passed the chopped lettuce, grated cheese and diced tomatoes, my 7-year-old asked me, “Daddy, does God love the Devil?”

“That’s a good question, Bud,” I replied, unwilling to admit that I was stumped.  I elicited my wife’s help and, together, we started to piecemeal the story of the fall of Satan and his prideful followers, as I stalled for more time.

All the while, my three-year-old kept interjecting, “But Daddy … But Daddy…”

Finally, I conceded.

“But Daddy, Jesus loves the Devil … He just doesn’t like what he does.”

Well, said!

 

 

James DobkowskiJames Henry is the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, ‘Twas, and the new book series Hail Mary. To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman & McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988 or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.

 

 

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Today I discovered Preemptive Love.

I made this powerful discovery after previewing the video, embedded below, after a friend posted it on facebook. After watching it, I just had to share it’s powerful message.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, this video is worth much more — or arguably much less. For it is only worth one word.

So, what is Preemptive Love? To find out, watch this video till the end…

What We Found Inside This Church Destroyed by ISIS Took Our Breath Away from Preemptive Love on Vimeo.

Powerful, yes?

… And now you know the worth of the word in this video. The Word! The Word that encompasses all words.

The Word that was from the beginning; the Word that was with God; the Word that is God.

God who is Love!

Since, we are the body of Christ. We too are the Word. The Word sent forth. The Word called in action.

We are Preemptive Love!

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Click on the link if wish to learn more about The Preemptive Love Coalition.

 

James DobkowskiJames Henry is the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, ‘Twas, and the new book series Hail Mary. To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman/McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988 or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.

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When I first wrote Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, I was hoping the reader would discover a world of higher purpose, a world of action, a world “beyond self.”

Every now and then something or someone emulates the spirit of Corporation YOU.

Recently, it was Taraji P. Henson and her emotional speech while receiving The Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

“This story is about unity,” Henson said, praising the movie’s real-life heroes: Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn, and Mary Jackson, three African-American women who played a major part in getting the first man in space, as they calculated the mathematical data needed to get John Glenn in orbit.

“Without them we would not know how to reach the stars,” Henson said about the three real-life women. “These women did not complain about the problems, their circumstances, the issues, we know what was going on in that era, they didn’t complain. They focused on solutions. Therefore, these brave women helped put men into space.”

Henson did not just honor Johnson, Vaughn and Jackson with her words. “We can not also forget these brave men who worked with us,” she added. “God rest his soul in peace, John Glenn!”

“This story is what happens when we put our differences aside and we come together as a human race,” she said. “We win. Love wins. Every time.”

Watch the entire speech below:

 

James DobkowskiJames Henry is the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, ‘Twas, and the new book series Hail Mary. To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman/McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988 or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.

 

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