Friday, November 23, 2012
Rough Ashlar No. 1
With that advice in mind, I will from time to time present a rough ashlar. A rough ashlar is a pithy fact that points out where we, as masons, need to do as we say, rather than as we do. I think that is self explanatory. These may be observations of my own, or quotes of others. Either way, they represent a specific aspect of our experience which needs improvement. That is after all, what we are supposed to be about, is it not?
I think the following quote by an esteemed brother, Jack Buta, deserves to be Rough Ashlar No. 1.
"It is a sad fact that in 2009 in a country which just elected its first African-American President, 50% of Black Freemasons cannot sit in a mainstream Lodge with their white Brethren."
— Jack Buta, from the preface to "Black Freemasons White America: The History of Prince Hall Freemasonry." 2009.
Let us note that having re-elected our first African-American President for a second term, no substantial change has occurred in North American Freemasonry on this issue.