December 29, 2013
To the Editor,
“….and on Earth peace and goodwill toward men.” Luke 2:14.
2013 has not been a year of peace and goodwill here in Robeson County and most especially within the tribal government and people of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.
In this season of the year Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. African Americans celebrate Kwanza. Jewish Americans celebrate Hanukah. All people celebrate inner birth of hope and opportunity.
I believe and intend to work diligently in 2014 to bring the message of the above scripture verse into being. In order to have peace and goodwill, equality and justice must be first achieved.
For equality and justice to arrive, all people of a community or tribe must unite under common principles and goals. These things are happening today among the people of the Lumbee Tribe.
2014 will begin with a full list of actions to be taken, not all of which are going to be pleasant. As Margaret Thatcher said, “Yes, the medicine is harsh, but the patient requires it to live.”
The “unity” that lots of people have only talked about is actually becoming real among Lumbee people. From that unity, the patient will find healing. I think it is more than a coincidence that “Luke 2:14” looks an awful lot like “2014”. Peace is coming, but it is going to take action to achieve.
So today I say Merry Christimas, Happy Kwanza and Happy Hanukah as we look forward to a Happy New Year.
Eric R. Locklear