When Race Plays a Role in Politics
The link above provides us with a sad truth. Its sad that we've come so far, but have so far to go when dealing with race relations.
I remember when I made calls for Barack I spoke to a man and he thought because of his name he was a Muslim and most people thought the next terrorist attacks would come internally. I guess President Barack Obama would have something to do with that according to this man. It took all my power not to tell him that was the dumbest thing I ever heard. He thought I was white, I guess because I didn't "sound Black" so he kept talking and I just let him. Since I am African American I always wondered what it would be like to hear from a White person's own mouth the venom of hatred. You know most of the time when you're African American they (other races) won't tell it to your face. He stopped long enough for me to finally tell him I was an African American woman and that my son had an Arab name, but that he was a loving, 11 year old boy, who makes straight A's in school, loves God, been baptized, loves his family and his country. I asked him would he let my son's name be a hindrance to him and he was just quiet. He told me he would think about what I said to him, which was that he was judging Barack for know other reason than his name and what I suspect was also his race. My oldest son now wants to President of the United States. So does my daughter. When I ask her friends what they want to be when they grow up, now I hear things like Senator, and POTUS. This election inspired her to run for student council. She won!!! My son has gotten involved in student government this school year.
As a child my dad was shot at and told dance, ni%%er dance! My daddy danced to stay alive. As a child I saw the KKK outside my house (I'm only 40) in Oklahoma. As a mother of 3 precious African American children, who are not taught to hate but to love, I fear that this crazy, messed up world will not see pass their color to the brilliance I see in them, but then I just thank God, that my children's destiny is not determined by men, but by God's precious grace. Maybe Barack, because of prejudice won't be President, but in being a role model the world hasn't seen anything yet. My children are being raised for excellence and to make a difference.
Felicia - Texas