Thursday, October 30, 2008

A Poem

"On NPR's All things Considered last night, they did a story about black folks living in very red Missourri and what this election means to them. Many of those interviewed had never voted because they either a) didn't care, b) didn't think that their vote mattered, or c) didn't know how to vote.

Some of their stories and views were very interesting, and for those interested I'm sure the story can be found on the NPR website..

the piece ended with one of the guys reading a text message that he got from a friend and was also passing around......

Rosa sat so Martin could walk

Martin walked so Obama could run

Obama is running so our children can fly...

I love things that are concise yet say so much with so few words...

pass it on..."

From Rebeccah Rush

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Ugly Reality of Racism

Is there anything else to think or write about other than the upcoming election? The miserable, failing economy? The never ending war in Iraq? The lack of intelligent leadership in this country? The proliferation of greed that permeates our lives? I wish I'd written the message I received yesterday, but since I didn't, I'm doing the next best thing - spreading the truth in hopes you'll forward it to everyone you know, to rekindle the American spirit of true equality, appreciation for differences and striving for excellence.

What if John McCain were a former president of the Harvard Law Review
What if Barack Obama finished fifth from the bottom of his graduating class?
What if McCain were still married to the first woman he said 'I do'to?
What if Obama were the candidate who left his first wife after she no longer measured up to his standards?
What if Michelle Obama were a wife who not only became addicted to pain killers, but acquired them illegally through her charitable organization?
What if Cindy McCain graduated from Harvard?
What if Obama were a member of the Keating-5?
What if McCain were a charismatic, eloquent speaker?

If these questions reflected reality, do you really believe the election numbers would be as close as they are?

This is what racism does. It covers up, rationalizes and minimizes positive qualities in one candidate and emphasizes negative qualities in another when there is a color difference.

Let’s say you are The Boss... which team would you hire?

With America facing historic debt, 2 wars, stumbling health care, a weakened dollar, all-time high prison population, mortgage crises, bank foreclosures, etc.

Educational Background of the Candidates:

Obama:
Columbia University - B.A. Political Science with a Specialization in International Relations.
Harvard - Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum Laude

Biden:
University of Delaware - B.A. in History and B.A. in Political Science.
Syracuse University College of Law - Juris Doctor (J.D.)

vs.

McCain:
United States Naval Academy - Class rank: 894 of 899 [the bottom 1%]

Palin:
Hawaii Pacific University - 1 semester
North Idaho College - 2 semesters - general study
University of Idaho - 2 semesters - journalism
Matanuska-Susitna College - 1 semester
University of Idaho - 3 semesters - B.A. in Journalism

Now, which team are you going to hire ?

PS: What if Barack Obama had an unwed, pregnant teenage daughter?