This morning, as I drank my coffee, I saw a moving interview clip from Fox News on Facebook where anchor Martha MacCallum spoke with 99 year old WWII veteran, former Army Private Osceola “Ozzie” Fletcher, on finally being awarded the purple heart 77 years after being injured in the Normandy invasion.
Why in the world did it take 77 years for this man to be awarded the prestigious honor of the Purple Heart?
It was because of the color of his skin.
Fletcher was one of approximately 2,000 African American soldiers who fought in the battle of Normandy. And the Army now admits that he was probably “overlooked due to racial inequalities”.
MacCallum asked the veteran how he felt watching others around him being awarded medals through the years, when he had earned one and was not given it.
Fletcher responded, “There were probably many others like myself who did not get honored, and I just lasted longer.”
At this point in time, I think it has been made well aware to the world that injustices have occurred, not just in the United States, but the world over, because of the color of someone’s skin. That is a blight that society has long endured. So, it was not anger that filled me when I watched this interview, but instead, joy and hope.
Joy that Fletcher was finally awarded a medal he has always deserved.
Hope that the world will learn what should be one of the main lessons in life: It is not the color of your skin, it is the character of your soul that matters.
We all bleed red, no matter the color of the exterior of the body that holds that blood in.
What is more important is your morals. Are you a good human being? If you have the chance to help somebody—do you? Or do you pass by them in life and think, “Not my problem.”
Are you the type of person who puts in an honest day’s work for honest pay? Or do you steal from others to enrich yourself?
Do you bully others in life because you see them as weaker, different or inferior to you? Or do you embrace them for their differences?
Morals keep humans from becoming a plague of savages on the world. And the sooner we start teaching that to the future generations, the better the world will be.