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Tuesday, March 18, 2008


I cannot speak for anyone but myself. Still I need to let you know that, when my friend, C, a white female asked me this morning if I thought Black people were walking a little prouded this morning, I did say yes. C... all I can say is that I am glad to live in a country where no one can force every person of color (excuse me for using this re-doing patronizing cliche..."whether they be colored green, purple, or blue") to think or do anything. I watched him deliver one of those most substantive speeches on anything I have ever watched on television. And he spoke about race.

Right now I am listening to the Warren Ballentine show on KRIZ. You can get to this station by going to the WARP website, typing in the call letters, KRIZ, in the appropriate box, and get ready for news and views from the Black perspective.

Here is a picture of Mr. Ballentine

And I agree with what Mr. Ballentine is saying: that Senator Obama is a knowledgeable and loyal member of the African American community, that he is healthily committed to the various racial communities who make up his biological family, that he is sincerely seeking to bring together people of all races to meet our common concerns, and that he has the courage and strength to lead us in the next few years.

So I would encourage everyone to read... read our American history, read what our presidential candidates are saying, and do not let the innuendos and words or phrases that divide us keep us from focusing on what will help all our people to lead healthy lives and join other people across the world in providing food, shelter, clothing, and safety for our brothers and sisters throughout the world...

I am including this You Tube presentation of the race baiting that the media has been involved in for the last few months so that you and I can recognize those who seek to unite us and those who seek to divide us


Stephanie Frieze said...

I thought my grandparents and parents had lived to see great changes in our nation, but I am proud to say that I've lived to see this campaign (even if I grow weary of it sometimes). I believe we are wittnessing true freedom. ~Stephanie

Kim Thompson said...

I am reading Obama's first book, his memoir. It's AMAZING. I do believe that he would make a great leader.

EmeraldPrincessOnline said...

Ditto! Let's give unity and the audacity of hope a chance...

M. Sugimura said...

Picking up a thread from Kim, I read Obama's first book a while back and felt more of a kinship with this very thoughtful and very contemporary, articulate and expressive man who so elegantly and eloquently shared the ups and downs of his early youth and search for identity as a young adult.

In this respect the life of Barack Ohama shares so many more points of intersection with many of us that we, unlike previous candidates who have come down the pike, can all feel as if we can claim him as well as the shared vision he holds up.

Lorraine Hart said...

My daughter and I read the speech together and were very impressed.

I think of Bob Dylan singing...

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don't criticize
What you can't understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin'
Please get out of the new one
If you can't lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin'