“Red Tails” I Will Fight!
When I awoke last Friday morning I was scurrying to get ready to meet with my brother and sister. My sister who is a retired Major of the U.S. Army had called a few days before and arranged that we go to see the movie about the Tuskegee Airmen.
I can’t say when she asked me I was excited about seeing the movie. I was more excited about spending time with family members.
Once we nestled inside the theater and the movie started, I was totally caught up in “Red Tails”. From the beginning to the end my emotions went from laughter to crying and everything in between. I felt and continue to feel Godly proud not just for those in the movie, but for all of those who actually lived it. There was such a connection to them and being proud to be an African-American. I’m so thankful that George Lucas never gave up and held fast to the vision for 23 years. In actuality, the vision started decades before when the Tuskegee Airmen Program was envisioned and the first recruits began their training. The seed had been planted.
The esprit de corps transcended the original Tuskegee Airmen and today as many have flocked to the theaters have embraced that same sentiment. It resonates loud and clear. It is more than a movie it is a movement. It took decades for it to hit the movie screens and one can only feel that its time is now!
The vision for those who performed with excellence, precision and unified determination to be celebrated may have tarried, but it never died. They fought to the end. Along the way, when many of their audible voices were silenced from death, they are still supporters like the surviving Tuskegee Airmen, George Lucas and many others who fought to the end to make sure this masterpiece and integral part of not only American history but the world’s was told.
There is something said about never giving up on your vision and your dreams. Yes you have to fight for them everyday even in the midst of living them out. I continue to hear those words once they finished praying huddled in a group exclaiming, “We will fight! We will fight! We will fight to the end!”
Each of us must have that same tenacity, determination and esprit de corps about our visions and our dreams. We have to embrace that same sentiment when it comes to our communities and our country. As an African-American I feel it is even more paramount for us in our cultural. They represented us so well. It is my pray and hope that the young people and all people will realize that we must return to a place of unity. . . a place of esprit de corps.
I sat in that theater and with each passing scene became more and more enthralled with being a part of it–even if I was only spectator in the theater. I’m not one who frequents the movies, but I’m so glad I did go see the “Red Tails”. So much pride and distinction encompassed those “red tails” painted on the planes.
It has touched me to the core of my being and made me realize that regardless of the obstacles and barriers that try to prohibit you from becoming all God envisioned, you simply have to fight for it. There is nothing to stop us from moving forward both collectively and individually. Just like the barriers that were trying to prevent them from success, each of us have our own barriers. We must be unstoppable. We are unstoppable.
They fought! They fought! They fought to the end! And, you know what, they more than won! They continue to win! I have adopted that mantra and you should too, “I will fight! I will fight! I will fight to the bitter end!” Believe me, we are already more than conquerors.
And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith. Hab 2:2-4 (KJV)
And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. Matt 11:12 (KJV)
Don’t you realize that everyone who runs in a race runs to win, but only one runner gets the prize? Run like them, so that you can win. Everyone who enters an athletic contest goes into strict training. They do it to win a temporary crown, but we do it to win one that will be permanent. So I run-but not without a clear goal ahead of me. So I box-but not as if I were just shadow boxing. Rather, I toughen my body with punches and make it my slave so that I will not be disqualified after I have spread the Good News to others. 1 Cor 9:24-27 (GW)
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 2 Tim 4:7 (KJV)
The person who has God’s approval will live by faith. But if he turns back, I will not be pleased with him.” We don’t belong with those who turn back and are destroyed. Instead, we belong with those who have faith and are saved. Heb 10:38-39 (GW)
Father, Bless each of the Tuskegee Airmen who fought so valiantly for our freedom even in the midst of the racial sentiments that viewed them as inferior. That same esprit de corps they exhibited decades ago, allow it to permeate each of us, our families, the African-American community and our society. The dreams and visions You have placed inside each of us, bless us to never give up but to keep the faith even in the waiting because the violent take it by force. We will never draw back but will fight to the end to become all You envisioned. Amen.