Sunday, June 21, 2009

"Let Freedom Ring"... Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

As Americans, we know all to well that freedom doesn’t come easy. Beginning with the thirteen original colonies to the creation of fifty states in the union, our nation has had its share of bloodshed for freedom. Freedom, as our history shows us, has a price. Freedom doesn’t come easy. But freedom is for all and can and will come when the people are willing to stand up for it no matter the price.

As I look at the fight for freedom in Iran, my mind goes back in time and I wonder the message some of the great freedom fighters of yesteryear would have for them. More in particular, I wonder the message Martin Luther King, Jr would have for the Iranian people?

Below are excerpts from his many speeches that I imagine, if he were alive, he would give.

“Something is happening in our world. The masses of people are rising up. And wherever they are assembled today… -- the cry is always the same: "We want to be free."

“…Men, for years now, have been talking about war and peace. But now, no longer can they just talk about it. It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence in this world; it's nonviolence or nonexistence. That is where we are today.”
“Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn't matter with me now, because I've been to the mountaintop.”

“And I don't mind.”

“Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!”

“and we are not saved…”

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Should The US Apologize For Slavery?

The United States Senate recently approved a nonbinding resolution apologizing to African Americans for slavery.

I have mixed feelings on this. I am not sure if I want an apology or need an apology. What happened _ happened years ago.
Slavery was unfortunate. It was brutal. It eradicated an entire culture from a group of innocent people. Lives were forever changed, but grace, hope and determination keep us alive and going. We are stronger than before and we keep moving on. The road hasn’t been easy but life never is.

Should the US apology for slavery? I don’t know? I feel that I am far removed from slavery. Or am I?

Perhaps it is a generational thing. My parents, grandparents, uncles and other elders in my family are divided, when it comes to an apology. No. They aren’t looking for reparations (we make our own money), but the way some of them see it_ if the US apologized to every other group they have wronged (the Japanese, the American Indians and Jews just to name a few) why not apologize to African American’s whose ancestors were enslaved?

Will an apology change things? What will the country gain from an apology? Will it allow us as a nation to move forward (not that we aren’t moving now). But what exactly will an apology do for us_ stop black on black crime, teenage pregnancy, end high school drop outs? Free our enslaved minds? Or maybe, just maybe it will show just how great this country is to apologize for a wrong an atrocity down years ago.

"and we are not saved..."

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Michelle Obama: Phenomenal Woman

What planet is Rusty Depass, the former chairman of the South Carolina Election Commission on? To say, “I’m sure it’s just one of Michelle’s ancestors- probably harmless,” in response to a gorilla escaping from a local zoo in reprehensible!

One must wonder is he on drugs? Was he having a senior moment or is he just plain STUPID (with all caps). I think it was the latter. What other reason would he have for making such a half-brain statement?

In any event, no matter what his reason were it goes with out saying Michelle Obama is a woman in every since of the word. She is what Maya Angelou would call a Phenomenal Woman.

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman

Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

For the love of our party: Republicans please change the rhetoric.

"and we are not saved..."

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Future Supreme Court Justice

Future Supreme Justice Sonia Sotomayor