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Perspective of an Upper-Middle Class, Young Black Woman…

My younger sister, a senior at University of Texas-A, has made some very eloquent points. I felt like her comment on one of my recent posts deserved a post of its own.  Read below. 

WOW! You’re such a great writer and convey your message very well, Webster. Just thought I would get that out of the way.

On a serious note, this post has struck a nerve with me for a lot of reasons. For once in my life, I wholeheartedly believe that Mom has hit the nail on the head with her first comment. The main problems of this country are so fundamental and so completely obvious, it makes any presidential candidate who doesn’t address these issues look unfit for the job.

 

America has a cracked foundation to begin with. Our nation was built on 500 years of free labor. (Since we both know you are a very smart man, we don’t need to expand on that.) Based on our prior knowledge and perception, we could only imagine how other countries view us as a whole. We are not looked upon as the “Land of the Free” any longer. I believe that stopped after the Mayflower and the Pilgrims. From the Indians, the African slaves, and the illegal Mexican Immigrants, we can still see the nation has not grown from the signing of the Constitution. We have developed on the surface into an Empire, yet we’re basically imploding as each day passes.

Not only does the rest of the world see us in this light, but Americans still feel the divide all these years later. The tax cuts, aid, surges, bills, and act are all in vain at this point. Those are short term solutions to long term problems. We are repeating historymistakes, yet expecting completely different outcomes.

The prejudice displayed in your case is a prime example of this oblivion we live in. I began to believe that socio-economic class was more a base of discrimination than race would be. But in all honesty, we were raised in an upper middle class family, with upper middle class values, ethics, but more importantly, resources. Yet you were still figuratively lynched in 2006. When we stop walking around issues that are viewed as “taboo”, then maybe a change will happen.

Barack Obama is my candidate for one reason, and that is he has a way with the masses. He can ignite people to actually believe their voices matter. Clearly, there’s a long road to change; it might not even be in our lifetime, but this is a change to steer the nation into a new direction. Before I write too much, I read a quote in my textbook that states:

“Our Generation has had no Great war, no Great Depression. Our war is spiritual. Our depression is our lives.”

That is my honest opinion. We are a great nation with so much opportunity, but until we change the way we view each other and come together, our enemies will always remain.

September 30th, 2008 Posted by | We Can Do Better | no comments

Barack Obama’s Civil Rights Initiative

Can you champion EQUAL civil rights and then vote against him?  While we await the debates, it is a good question to ask yourselves.

 Ben Heine

“The teenagers and college students who left their homes to march in the streets of Birmingham and Montgomery; the mothers who walked instead of taking the bus after a long day of doing somebody else’s laundry and cleaning somebody else’s kitchen — they didn’t brave fire hoses and Billy clubs so that their grandchildren and their great-grandchildren would still wonder at the beginning of the 21st century whether their vote would be counted; whether their civil rights would be protected by their government; whether justice would be equal and opportunity would be theirs. . . . We have more work to do.”

— Barack Obama, Speech at Howard University, September 28, 2007

  • Strengthen Civil Rights Enforcement
  • Combat Employment Discrimination
  • Expand Hate Crimes Statutes
  • End Deceptive Voting Practices
  • End Racial Profiling
  • Reduce Crime Recidivism by Providing Ex-Offender Support
  • Eliminate Sentencing Disparities
  • Expand Use of Drug Courts
  • P.S. Black folks who have been protesting against him because they feel that a black president should come with an advantage, for them, over all other races should reflect on their definitions of equality. The age of Jesse Jackson politics are over, put down the picket signs and finish college.

     

    KOOL-AID

    “everybody sayin we need somethin special, nah man we need somethin extra-terrestial, out of this world, speak for us be the vessel…” -Kanye

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    September 24th, 2008 Posted by | Civil Rights/Constitutional Law | no comments

    U.S. Supreme Court Stays a Georgia Execution

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/09/23/davis.scheduled.execution/index.html

    Man claims innocence for years, seven former prosecutorial witnesses affirm his innocence, years later, after claiming prosecutorial bullying and manipulation.  All hands point to innocent . Why did it have to come to this?

     

     

     

    New York: 1900. He was probably innocent.

    September 23rd, 2008 Posted by | Justice is Contagious | no comments

    Read This Quote (and apply it to your lives)

    This quote really stood out today.  I figure, with the many ways in which I can lose in the upcoming months, President Roosevelt’s perspective is welcomed. It blows my mind to think sometimes, if this is really God’s will, it will open many peoples eyes to the power He has to do the near impossible. And if it does not work out, it isn’t because God failed. It just wasn’t meant to be.

    As always, full steam ahead…

    It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

    –Teddy Roosevelt

    September 20th, 2008 Posted by | Reflection | one comment

    Pennsylvania Ave?