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2009 Is Just The Beginning Of The Dream

Yahoo! logo with image for MLK Day 2009

Yahoo! logo with image for MLK Day 2009

it seems fitting that we celebrate mlk day this year in prelude to the inauguration of our 44th president, barack obama, the first african american elected to lead america. there have been plenty of references to dr. king’s historical “i have a dream” speech in consideration of the significance and promise of the incoming obama administration- and rightfully so. yet, its true significance is in the fact the dream is just beginning- not just for one group, but also for the whole nation. even the world.

in spite of tumultuous happening in just about every facet of our society, we have an amazing opportunity to help ourselves by helping those around us. president-elect obama has touched on this throughout his campaign and in weeks leading up to tomorrow’s inauguration. it’s not a new idea, but one that will be re-invigorated through the hope and optimism that colors the mood of the country in anticipation of change for the better.

read what dr. king said during a speech presented in 1957.

as a nation, we can do whatever we collectively make up our minds to achieve. hopefully that will be to stand united and to serve united.

January 19.2009 at 10:40 pm Leave a comment

A New Day Is Here…

here’s a thank you post from the Barack Obama website. if you missed the acceptance speech, check it out here.

president-elect-obama

November 5.2008 at 10:30 am

Watch The Speech, Watch History

i was actually at a baseball game during the speech (don’t leave any crazy comments about my choices). i was greeted by an enthusiastic voicemail from my sister who has been following the campaign almost religiously. i read the speech transcript and was told that i must WATCH the speech. i did via a short clip on YouTube and listened again via a program on WBAI. for those of you who didn’t see it or want to view again, here’s barack obama’s acceptance speech via his campaign web site. feel free to post your thoughts as well (on his speech, not my attendance of a sporting event that evening). i’ll post my own two cents in the near future.

barack obama makes history with acceptance of the democratic nomination as presidential candidate in 2008

barack obama makes history with acceptance of the democratic nomination as presidential candidate in 2008

August 30.2008 at 11:41 am Leave a comment

“…no people anywhere has done more to lift up blacks than white Americans.”

words straight from the keypad of pat buchanan. but wait– there’s MORE:

“This time, the Silent Majority needs to have its convictions, grievances and demands heard. And among them are these:

First, America has been the best country on earth for black folks. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known.

Wright ought to go down on his knees and thank God he is an American.

Second, no people anywhere has done more to lift up blacks than white Americans. Untold trillions have been spent since the ’60s on welfare, food stamps, rent supplements, Section 8 housing, Pell grants, student loans, legal services, Medicaid, Earned Income Tax Credits and poverty programs designed to bring the African-American community into the mainstream.

Governments, businesses and colleges have engaged in discrimination against white folks — with affirmative action, contract set-asides and quotas — to advance black applicants over white applicants.

Churches, foundations, civic groups, schools and individuals all over America have donated time and money to support soup kitchens, adult education, day care, retirement and nursing homes for blacks.

We hear the grievances. Where is the gratitude?”

my God… buchanan shows he clearly knows little or nothing about african/pre-american black history. christianity came to africa well before any so-called white man set foot on the continent. it’s well documented and any so-called christian should know this if he or she reads the Bible. more so, the last time i checked, student loans, pell grants, earned-income tax credits and the like were not created for blacks, but all people; and we all certainly use the resources. to hear pat tell it, one would think every other group in the country’s stuff didn’t stink and all black people are in the hole. oprah we may all not be, but his words basically say: “i believe the stereotype for better or worse.” what cocaine is he snorting??? sorry, i just stereotyped. we have a problem in this country. race still matters. equity, justice and access remain flawed. denying it doesn’t change it.

getting back to the “we saved them” nonsense, here is what i shared with a friend on pat’s ridiculous christian salvation line:

“People tend to think we can somehow control others or speak for an entire group. We can’t. I can’t save anyone. Not the kid with his pants sagging, facing or experiencing unemployment or incomplete education. Not the 30-to-40-something man that has been in or gone to jail. Not even Pat Buchanan. The most pressing matter here, beyond his hate and beyond his ignorance of Black Americans and their experience, is his absolute misunderstanding of what it means to be Christian.

Buchanan said whites were responsible for bringing Africans and their American seed to Christianity. What a mistake! How false! Only God can bring His word to any people. Even when the pastor is on fire with his message or the slave master is ripping the flesh from his subordinate until they claim their “Christian” name, no man (or woman) can come to the Father except through Jesus.

Yet, through his statement, Buchanan expresses a view that is dead wrong. He, like many of those that share his ideology espouse the absolute opposite of what Jesus claimed. If there is anything to be in furor about, that’s got to be it. Christians of all races and ethnicities all over the world should be offended for the hijacking of our religion to fuel the ignorant tirades of those that Jesus said he will refuse. They will be surprised and cry out: “Lord, Lord!”, but he will tell them He never knew them. Like so many, they have taken the good message that God intended the whole world to receive and have made it a platform for their own mischief. God’s patience and grace will end at some point. What will they do then?

So, while the race, equity and justice issue is very much alive and very much an important part of the American discussion, the notion of what it means to truly be a Christian has gone nearly silent in its entirety. People assume Christianity is what Buchanan, Cheney, Bush and the rest of the so-called Christian Right say it is. Whose fault is it for allowing this false understanding to be perpetuated? Those that have no connection or those that call themselves Jesus’ own?

I am very much a guilty party. I have remained silent in the background. I have not publicly and vehemently objected to the hijacking of the Truth. And now, I am frustrated because of the snowball effect.

More than any other time, now is when all of those who love Jesus must be vocal and demonstrate what it really means to discover and know Him. Pat Buchanan clearly doesn’t, but his voice has been louder. To let falsehoods about who brings people to Christianity- which always was and always will be Jesus- to allow false voices to remain the loudest and fool the people would be like sacrificing Jesus all over again.”

May 6.2008 at 9:04 pm Leave a comment

And You Thought MySpace Was Strictly For The Kiddies

tom hanks gave his endorsement of obama via a myspace posting. talk about rock the vote:

“History with a capital `H’ is going to be made this November, no matter who the president-elect is. I want Barack Obama to be president of this country, a country that once said people with his skin color were only three-fifths of a human being.”

May 5.2008 at 5:45 pm Leave a comment


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