"Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, in a May 1961 radio broadcast noted the United States' problems in the area of equal rights for Negroes. He focused on the progress that had been made and for an awareness that everything pointed to continuing progress. "There's no question that in the next thirty or forty years a Negro can also achieve the same position that my brother (John F. Kennedy)has as President of the United States, certainly within that period of time." This did not happen in 1968 as folks are claiming.
We are all celebrating the elevation of Barack Obama to the White House. Black people are represented everywhere from the projects to Pennsylvania Avenue . Now, one of the most powerful men in the world will look just like us. While black people are celebrating, we don't see the silent challenge that is being issued by Barack. Barack has set the bar and now we will all be expected to rise up to it. How far do we have to go? Let's look at what I have learned from Barack.
1. By example, Barack is challenging men to be fathers to their children. Many photo-ops showed his children, and some of the most endearing moments on the campaign trailed involved his relationship with his daughters. What type of standards is he setting in their lives by being there, being involved, and simply, being daddy? He has silently issued a challenge to all men, black men in particular, to become the fathers their DNA claims they should be.
2. By example, he is challenging our community to put education back in its proper place, as the number one priority in our community. His days at Harvard definitely benefited his drive to become President. The fact that he was an educated, articulate man is what made him stand out in the beginning of this journey and that education and ability to exercise critical thinking will carry him further, and we need to make sure that it is carrying our children.
4. By example, he is showing us that we are are only excuse. Whatever we choose to do or not do can no longer be blamed on the "white man". He does indeed have great influence on circumstance, however, he can only create obstacles, not roadblocks, as Barack has proven. If he can make it from his circumstances to the most coveted address in the world, what is stopping you from opening that business, going back to school, buying that house...etc...There are no excuses for failure anymore. We voted them away.
3. By example, he is showing us that no man can get to where he aspires without a strong woman behind him, and when push comes to shove he can and will protect her at all costs. This is a lesson that needs to permeate in our community where black women are treated like sex objects. We are mistreated and undervalued, yet he never stop saying how much his wife means to his dreams. He is challenging us to have better relationships and make black love, and all love, important.
I could go on an on. I am truly honored to say that I was able to cast my voted for a man, a BLACK MAN, with such integrity, values, and promise. I ask that we all pray for his success, as the future of our country really does depend on it. Let's all reflect on what this historic event means in our own lives, and how we can continue to shine a light of positivity on our lives and communities so that we may reap from the harvest of this most amazing seed that has been planted!!!
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world."
Living in the light,
Irileria Muhammad email@example.com
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Kwasi Imhotep KWA708@aol.comCONGRATULATIONS TO PRESIDENT-ELECT BARAK OBAMA!
RACIST EUROS ARE HAVING A VERY BAD HEADACHE THIS MORNING THAT WILL LAST AT LEAST 4 YEARS, AND THEIR ONLY REMEDY IS TO EMBRACE JUSTICE.
IN THEIR MINDS, TO HAVE AN AFRIKAN-DESCENDED PRESIDENT WHOSE AFRIKAN ANCESTORS WERE/ARE SUBJECTED TO THEIR DEADLY RACISM IS SIMPLY UNTHINKABLE. THEY CAN'T ACCEPT THAT THIS SO-CALLED "BLACK/AFRICAN-AMERICAN" ,BOTH OF WHICH, OF COURSE, ARE FALSITIES, (WRITE ME FOR MORE DOCUMENTATION ON THIS POINT) WILL SOON BE THEIR LEADER.
NOW THAT OBAMA HAS BEEN ELECTED, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR AFRIKANS IN AMERICA? DON'T BET ON RACISM DISAPPEARING, OR DWB, OR UNLAWFUL PEDESTRIAN STOPS AND SEARCHES, OR OUR EXTREMELY HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT RATE, OR OUR HIGH RATES OF DIABETES, HYPERTENSION, (MUCH OF WHIC IS DIRECTLY RELATED TO OUR HIGH STRESS LEVELS AS AN OPPRESSED PEOPLE), HIGH DEATH RATES, EXTREME POVERTY LEVELS HIGH JAIL IMPRISONMENT RATES, HIGH INFANT MORTALITY RATES, AND ON AND ON.
WHY DO I SAY THIS, BECAUSE WE HAVE LEARNED TO LOOK AT ALL HUMAN EVENTS IN THEIR HISTORICAL CONTEXT. SOUTH AFRICA IS AN EXAMPLE THAT COMES TO MIND. HERE IS A COUNTRY THAT HAS AN 85% INDIGENOUS AFRIKAN POPULATION THAT THROUGH THE AFRIKAN NATIONAL CONGRESS, SWAPO, AND OTHER AFRIKAN-LED REVOLUTIONARY GROUPS WAGED A MILITARY WAR AGAINST THE INVADING EUROS (@15% OF THE POPULATION) TO LIBERATE THE COUNTRY FROM RACISM, DEATH, POVERTY, AND GENERAL HELL AT THE HANDS OF THE EUROS. AT THE END OF THE REVOLUTION, NELSON MANDELA WAS NAMED PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA. ALLEGEDLY WITH THE AIM TO RIGHT THE WRONGS OF THE EUROS.AND TO EFFECT SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, POLITICAL CHAMGE IN THE FORTUNES OF HIS PEOPLE. TODAY, INDIGENOUS AFRIKANS STILL SUFFER HIGH POVERTYY LEVELS, POLICE BRUTALITY, LOW ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES, LITTLE POLITICAL POWER, AND STILL LIVE IN CRIME-RIDDEN AREAS SUCH AS SOWETO. WHERE'S THE JUSTICE? HERE YOU HAVE AN 85% AFRIKAN PEOPLE WHO ONLY CONTROL 15% OF THE LAND, WITH AN AFRIKAN PRESIDENT IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY, STILL BEING DOMINATED BY THE 15% EURO POPULATION THAT CONTROLS OVER 85% OF THE LAND AND NIMMENSE NATURAL RESOURCES!
NOW OBAMA HAS NOT MADE ANY PROMISES TO US, YET HE ASSURED ISRAEL THAT HE WOULD BE OWN THIER SIDE AND DEFEND THEM AGAINST THE ARABS, HE VOTED TO REDISTRIBUTE THE WEALTH OF OVER $700 BILLION,TO A FEW WALL STREET "BANKS" WHO ARE BUSY PAYING HUGE RAISES AND BONUSES TO THEIR EXECUTIVES OF OUTR TAX DOLLARS. WHAT ABOUT US?
LET'S ALL HOPE THAT DR. WRIGHT'S PRO-AFRIKAN SERMONS WILL ULTIMATELY HAVE AN EFFECT ON OBAMA'S POLICIES. I HAVE THE SNEEKING SUSPICIONTHAT WE STILL NEED TO KEEP THE PRESSURE ON HIM TO DO THE RIGHT THING BY US FOR OUR SUPPORT OF HIM.