Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

February 18, 2013

IUK speaker: Racism effects everyone

Moss says racism is about core values

By Ken de la Bastide
Tribune enterprise editor

— At the end of his “End of Racism” comedy and lecture tour, Preacher Moss had those in attendance stand and raise their right hands.

Moss didn’t ask them to take an oath, but explained how the five letters represented by each finger spelled a number of words, including Unity.

Moss spoke Monday on the Indiana University Kokomo campus as part of the school’s Black History Month celebration.

He came up with the idea of a comedy and lecture tour when Moss was five years old and a relative lost a job because he was black.

Moss said people that lived through the Civil Rights Movement are teachers for the younger generation who didn’t experience it.

“Overall, it’s getting better,” he said of racism. “But today it requires a specific type of improvement.”

Moss said his grandmother was fearful of the Ku Klux Klan when he was growing up. The Klan had trouble recruiting, with in-fighting and finances.

He said the KKK had one of the first websites by a hate group, with the website based in Anderson. Moss said the Klan discredited what was good about people, highlighted the bad and made up what they didn’t know.

“The Klan was a pioneer in the use of blogs,” he said. “I came to realize that someone you don’t know is able to influence your life and future.”

Moss said people have never questioned the why of racism.

He said when Dr. King was opposed to the Vietnam War it was because Americans had been lied to and people don’t connect to the big picture.

“Racism comes from oppression,” Moss said. “Oppression is about your core values. Arrogance, envy and inequality makes people believe they are better than someone else. A decision they’ve made without even knowing anything about you.”

Moss said people need moral courage to say what needs to be said at the right time.

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