I'd be happy to address your comments.
Simply put, Try Freemasonry!
Like all things, if you like the spirit if the organization, but find fault in it's practitioners/members, take a stand and change it. I will absolutely stand with you my Brother. Nobody ever thought that the ugly head of racism in GLofG would ever be challenged, well it has, and universal brotherhood has prevailed.
Nobody is saying racism is dead there, but barrier has been pierced and now its just a matter of time. In fact many GLs threatened that GL with withdrawal of recognition if they do not end racism, exemplified in this particular case. The Brothers of Gate City Lodge took a stand and won a small but important victory to that end.
What you should not do is follow the piped piper as some did a few years back and try and re-invent Masonry as they saw it. Where are they now? Discredited and all but defunct. They lost their voice in Freemasonry. This group thought they could do it better, well they should have stayed and been the voices of reason that are prevailing on these issues. Nobody thought bringing Freemasonry into the 21st century would be easy, but as slow as it is to change, it will and does change.
In the GLoP, the new MWGM has introduced sweeping reforms that have the Brethren reeling. Change is always possible if you stick to it and see it through.
Fredrick Douglas once answered a young black man's question "what can I do to help abolish slavery" and his answer was simple, "agitate, always agitate".
No one is foolish enough to believe that bigotry and racism do not exists in the world and in Freemasonry. All I am saying is Freemasonry needs Brethren to change that and if you don't get involved you can't. You know if you speak up, you may run into resistance, but there are Brothers that agree with you and will stand with you. If you are sincere then Freemasonry needs Brethren like yourself to foment that change. It will not happen overnight but if you have the guts, find those like minded and build a voice for change and it will come.
I was not addressing my doubt at anyone in particular with regards to claims of degree. In these forums anyone can claim anything. I do doubt the veracity of the person who claims to have attained the 33rd and is now non active. That defies logic as you should know that the few privileged to have been honored by the SR with the honorary 33rd it is for devotion to and a lifetime of service to the Craft. Unless due to age, infirmity or both they are unable to attend any SR or lodge functions. Then I can understand. Also that the commenter was so easily swayed by the OP, well suspicious is an understatement.
If you want to validate you claim, then join the SanctumSanctorum.com forum or themasonicsociety.com forum and your claim will be validated by the administrators. The best part is you will find many, many liked minded Brethren on those forums as they are open to any Mason in good standing in a recognized GL jurisdiction.
Knock and the door shall be opened, ask as you shall receive...I'm sure you remember that from your degrees. Yes, go ahead and be that light! Your Brethren will see the truth in it.
So as my old Drill Instructor used to say: "Lead, Follow or get out of the way!"