Georgia Black Mainstream Mason Is Black Balled Again For The Second Time In His Mason

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    As one of the first Black men to be petitioned on in a mainstream lodge in America, I can relate to this adversity and was myself denied at the ballot box before.

    I AM saddened that this foolishness is still going on, but with the PGM Frank Hass expulsion and subsequent lawsuit that I witnessed in West Virginia after I had attempted to visit mainstream lodges, nothing surprises me anymore.

    Is it right? Hell NO!
     
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    Really?!?

    Sad and bad.

    If it truly happened as described in the article, then it's descpicable. Folks, don't ya think the time has come?
     
  4. owls84

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    I don't know why this is so shocking. I have seen this behavior in blue lodges in Texas. Just keeps happening and swept under the rug.
     
  5. tom268

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    I cannot understand, how one can on one hand hold masonic virtues high, and on the other hand act like this.
     
  6. Chalms

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    If accurate, this is an abomination. This is the kind of behavior that gives me pause...
     
  7. M.Prejean

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    I don't know what to say about that article, but I feel compelled to address it still. Brothers, this can't be. I know you all know this, but bigotry serves no purpose in the development of a mason. If our intention is to better ourselves and each other, then we are obligated to stand watch against this profanity. I'm a long way from understanding the repercussions of the legal action brought by our well intentioned brothers from Gate City Lodge No. 2 in GA, but I stand adamant in asserting that we are each responsible for proactively addressing all issues of intolerance at every opportunity, both within lodge and without.
    I'm even more thankful now that I have never caught even a whiff of racism in lodge. And I'll proudly advertise that Corpus Christi 189 is a place where all masons can meet on the level and ALL men are judged only by their internal qualifications.
     
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    Brethren,

    You can lead a horse to water but, most unfortunately, you can't keep him from taking a leak.

    When will this ever end?
     
  9. Raymond Walters

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    Brethren, owls84 is correct with his statement that GLoTx isn't always addressing issues as they arise;

    while I was a member of Valley Hi Lodge #1407 AF&AM in San Antonio, TX, my job (Union Pacific Railroad) had me assigned to and working in Marshall, Texas. My lodge arranged for courtesy work (through appropriate channels) to be done by Marshall Lodge #22, which can be a normal request by any lodge to another in the jurisdiction.

    When I showed up for my first instructional session as an EA, I was refused entry into the building and left standing on the street, looking foolish (in my opinion). No answer, no explanation, nothing at all.

    I notified my lodge secretary that evening, and though my WM filed a complaint with our DDGM and eventually the Grand Lodge, nothing was ever done, nor did I even get so much as an apology from anyone at Marshall #22 or the Grand Lodge of Texas AF&AM. So much for a member of a subordinate lodge being treated as such. SMH

    The incident I refer to happened in 2002. I had been accepted as a member at Valley Hi 1407 the previous October and my job had me all over Texas at the time, so it was becoming difficult to return proficiency as an EA, and to have another lodge slam the door in my face was almost disheartening.

    I did not let it detour me, but it quickly helped me to realize that though the members of Valley Hi Lodge 1407 AF&AM accepted me as a brother mason, other folks in the GLoTx didn't always see me as such, they just saw another Black man who wasn't worthy, though they never could justify that opinion of me or any other Black man.

    In my opinion, a person calling himself a Master Mason that still harbors such prejudices is, in fact, still an Entered Apprentice.

    I have never been able to stress enough that brothers should exercise care when selecting leadership for their subordinate lodges and their Grand Lodges.
     
  10. Raymond Walters

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    Br. Chalms,

    It is in fact correct. I have a contact in Georgia that is a mainstream member and many Freemasons of subordinate lodges in Georgia are beyond pissed off, just as many Freemasons in West Virginia are about myself having been denied visitation, and the situation with PGM Frank Haas being expelled without trial by GLo WV.

    Though PGM Haas eventually won his civil lawsuit, it will take years to repair the damage caused from the negative PR.
     
  11. Bro.BruceBenjamin

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    Their are a few of the older gentlemen that remain who advocated this kind of non sense. I believe it is my generation the 30 somethings that will see an end to this once and for all. All of the issues that face this country such as the economy, wars, terrorism it is my hope that bigotry in masonry is the one thing we can end and stand as one united american mason.
     
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  12. Chalms

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    This really bothers me. I found out Friday that my closest friend in Lodge is the first black F&AM in our District! I knew he was the first in our Lodge, but in the District?!? This is just absurd! I am not sure about the Scottish Rite here since I just came in during this Fall's reunion.

    I cannot abide an organization that misses something so basic as looking beyond the color of a man's skin. There can be no brotherhood when bigotry is tolerated.
     
  13. Raymond Walters

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    LOL- try being the first Black in an entire state...
     
  14. owls84

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    I love the way we think on this issue. We all deny or think it doesn't happen in our "neighborhood"

    Look at the GLoTX (this is the only one I can personally speak for but I am sure it exists in others). For the 4 years I was associated there were resolutions to remove any book other than the Bible off the alter. Then last year Bro. Bill Lins proposed a resolution to make it a Masonic Disciplinary Violation to make a comment about a persons race, religion, etc. It passed overwhelmingly and just one year later there is a resolution to remove that vary law. These are facts that we can't hide or run from.

    I know for a fact a recommendation to pull the charter of Melissa Lodge was made to the Grand Master by an investigation committee that was assigned to investigate the fact a visiting black FC was denied entry to a FC degree. The Grand Master decided not to. Two years later my lodge was investigated by the same committee because we had a working relationship (supported their fundraisers and they supported ours) with a Prince Hall Lodge (their words for the investigation, not mine).

    Last year (June 2, 2010) the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Texas, AF&AM requested full recognition to include visitation. However at the 2010 Annual communications it was only reported to the membership, by the Fraternal Relations Committee, as the "Other Grand Lodge who we share a jurisdiction with that was chartered in 1871." They wouldn't even call them by name. The compact that was signed in 2007 by the two Grand Lodges were voted on on a Saturday late after everyone had gone home and many people have yet to see it. None of which are educated on it's meaning. To get a copy we had to contact the PHGLoTx because our own said they didn't have a copy of it. Even this compact is a violation of GLoTx Law, there is nothing in the law that allows "conditional" recognition. It is all or nothing but we don't consider this as discrimination and we always hear, "they don't want it" when in fact "they do" they asked for it.

    Earlier this year a few members of our lodge left and went to PHGLoTX and I was on my way as well but 2 weeks after I sent my letter to the Grand Lodge of Texas stating I was no longer a member of their organization everyone that sent a letter leaving received charges ranging from bad mouthing the Grand Master to wearing a shirt that had a square and compass that was not approved by the GL. The sad thing is we had just installed our Lodges first black master and he too got charges. He has decided to fight them because they are frivolous but I fear his fate is sealed already.

    Several of the guys that left and had joined a PH Lodge received charges as well. We feared it was a way for the GLoTX to say "we won't recognize you because you let members of our GL with charges join" so we all decided to remove ourselves from the PHGLoTX. The hopes is to take away ANY possibility of the GLoTX to deny visitation as requested. Sad part is I heard the other day that the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Texas was already notified that they would not be getting visitation and that recognition is now in question. Brothers, I hope this rumor is wrong and I hope in a little over a month the GLoTX votes to knock down this wall that has been standing in the way of progress for years. "They" have knocked and it is up to the ones that have the votes to make this happen. This is the last chance from what I am told. "They" will not ask again.

    Side Note:I have since left the Grand Lodge of Texas and maintain the wonderful relationships I made, with a clear conscience and the belief I could not belong to an organization that was merely a shell. It reminded me of the Wizard of Oz. It looks AMAZING until you look behind the curtain. The beautiful thing is I am still a Mason at heart and have realized it was not the Masonry that was wrong but the individual Masons. I will attach the email from the Grand Master of Prince Hall stating visitation was requested when I get home this evening since people find that hard to believe and the Grand Secretary will deny it.
     
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  15. Raymond Walters

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    SMH... but not surprised at what you are sharing with us!
     
  16. Brent Heilman

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    It certainly is a shame to see that this goes on. While I know it is goes on and I have never been blind to that fact it still angers me, and also saddens me. We live in a time where Masonry should be the last place you find this kind of behavior. It goes against everything we stand for. I wish for once that skin, regardless of its color, would not be the way we judge a person. Some of my best friends do not have the same skin color as I do. I have never once looked at that as a basis for our friendship. I base my opinion of a person on what they are made up of on the inside and they do the same. To see this happening is just atrocious. I hope the exposure this incident is getting helps open the eyes of some people in Georgia and starts the ball rolling for changes to be made. We should all stand against this sort of behavior and should not tolerate it.
     
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    It truly is shameful that so many Brethren fail to remember that it is the internal and not the external. While I know that this was once a problem in my Lodge, I am proud to say that it is no longer the case. The members who had this type of mentality no longer come to our meetings. Perhaps it is a generation issue. One thing is certain though, the problem can only be corrected through leadership and Masonic education. We must all strive to eliminate bigotry within our Fraternity.
     
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    I didn't spend but 4 years in TX and I don't have a lot of experience in practicing Freemasonry, just a lot of book knowledge. I was raised in Hawaiian Lodge in 2001 and they recognized and had visitation with PHGLoHI. Our lodge was racially mixed, as was the PH lodges on the Island. I want to say it was because of the large military influence and the general multi-culturism of Hawaii, but TX has more members of the military and now is almost just as culturally diverse.

    Something about the GLoTX seemed fishy to me, while I lived there. Every Brother I spoke with was great on an individual level, but I have noticed that when men are in groups they do things they wouldn't normally do, because they have anonymity and can hide behind that group. Call them out as an individual and they wouldn't hold the opinion they had just held as a member of a group. Seems like a lot of talking out of both sides of the mouth in TX.

    I pray that things change in TX and I have just moved to Colorado and have yet to look at how they do business here. I hope it is more openminded.
     
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    The decision has been over turned by the SGC of the Scottish Rite of the State of Georgia. These two brothers will indeed rececive their degrees.
     
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    This made me chuckle a bit, they mean to say they approve every shirt with a Square and Compass before they get sold?
     
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