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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Oh, Say Can You See

Can you see...
How long have we waited? For decades.
picking cotton, sharecropping, working in places we couldn't afford to go, marching, working a factory job, excluded from the union, enduring when, told we didn't meet the qualifications because we were too dumb-too ugly-too black, not even considered a person...
Until we forced them to see us as people.
with families, and values, and hopes, and dreams, not so different, we are a great peculiar people, people of joy, peace, gentleness and long suffering...
Can you see?This is a new dawning.
One that we have to help rise up.

I guess this would be the place where I would insert a some lyrics from a good Negro spiritual. Or throw in a few verses of We Shall Overcome...but I feel like those type of battles are over. I think this election is more to remind all folks that this is our country too. We might be marginalized in the media, but we are more than what we see on television. We have a voice beyond the rappers and the athletes...we have a history and a culture the includes, but isn't exclusively hip-hop. To me this election is about me being seen as a person in my own country. It's about telling my yet unborn children that they can be anything they want to be...and it be a true affirmation that doesn't just stop at the Governor's mansion or in a Senate seat. Today is about getting the idealistic American definition of a land for all to truly represent itself. This election is about people being different and unique but no less American for being themselves.


So at this place, I leave you with a little Marvin, who rearranged our National Anthem so it showed his perspective. And that's what voting today is about! Showing our perspective. Making it impossible for our country to blindly ignore what must be seen..and that is us!




See You In Seven

4 comments:

Courvoisier said...

You tell 'em Amaretto!

Noah said...

Get out and vote, and here is why. We as Americans are in a unique position in this world. Every country in some fashion has a leader and many are even elected by their citizens, however, the effect these leaders have on the world is negligible compared to the effect of the president of the United States of America on the rest of the world. If Canada elects a new prime minister it may have some effects on us but compare that to how our president effect the world.

Eight years ago this country was filled with apathy towards an election between Al Gore and George W. Bush. People I spoke to told me that there was no difference between the two candidates. But look at the world we now live in and tell me that our leader doesn't effect the world that we live in down to every last person. So whatever your beliefs or reasons may be I implore you to express them today and go vote!

Courvoisier said...

Say what?! Say it again...a lot of Americans don't understand that at all.

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com said...

Well....BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA is the 44th president of these United States!

We HAVE overcome...

We HAVE arrived...

This time has come for America...

The tide has now been redirected...

We ARE more than conquerors.