It's the same in any lingo

בַּת-בָּבֶל, הַשְּׁדוּדָה: אַשְׁרֵי שֶׁיְשַׁלֶּם-לָךְ-- אֶת-גְּמוּלֵךְ, שֶׁגָּמַלְתּ לָנוּ
אַשְׁרֵי שֶׁיֹּאחֵז וְנִפֵּץ אֶת-עֹלָלַיִךְ-- אֶל-הַסָּלַע

How can one be compelled to accept slavery? I simply refuse to do the master's bidding. He may torture me, break my bones to atoms and even kill me. He will then have my dead body, not my obedience. Ultimately, therefore, it is I who am the victor and not he, for he has failed in getting me to do what he wanted done. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? If not now, when? ~ Rav Hillel, Pirke Avot

This Red Sea Pedestrian Stands against Judeophobes

This Red Sea Pedestrian Stands against Judeophobes
Wear It With Pride

05 November 2008

A Dream Deferred...

I should be ecstatic shouldn’t I? Should I not be overjoyed that America has elected an African American to be President (he’s half white so really we haven’t done that)? Isn’t this some kind of hurdle that our nation has now passed?  I have heard one African American commentator say that the issue cannot really be addressed by electing a man who was not descended from slaves.  I suppose the debate will rage on.  The media says it’s true. The pundits and the Obama campaign made it clear that if he lost it would be because of racism, so since Obama won this must not be a racist country anymore…glory glory hallelujah!

Camp Pampers talked a lot about code words for race. Socialist is now a code word. Inexperienced is now a code word. Risky is now a code word. Here’s a code word for you: RACIST.

Racist is the Obama code word for anyone who dissents, anyone who questions, and anyone who does not accept the superiority of Obama. Perhaps that is why I do not celebrate the hurdle. Maybe it’s the fraud. I simply will not honor an election winner who violated federal law so completely, and then claims that the vision of our nation’s founders is alive and well (somehow I don’t think this is what the founders had in mind at all…sorry to burst your bubble Pampers). But more than that I believe it is because the Obama victory has caused a dream to be deferred.

Dr. King’s dream, as I have said many times, was not that a black man would be elected President of the United States. His dream was that one day we would all hold each other up, defend each other, support each other, regardless of our skin color, gender, religion, nation, sexual orientation, economic status, or creed; that we would judge each other by the content of our character, not the color of our skin. But Obama used the color of his skin to try and shame those that opposed him, and those that had not yet given him their support. This is the very antithesis of what King stood for, and might be why members his family never endorsed or supported him.

Is the dream achieved when the candidate used sexism and misogyny against his opponent in the primaries? Is the dream achieved when the candidate benefits from the disenfranchisement of 18 million people? Is the dream achieved when the candidate himself is a bigoted, homophobic, misogynist? I don’t care one wit about the color of his skin. I did what one of my great heroes suggested; I judged him by the content of his character.

One day Martin, one day we will get to the Promised Land, but this guy will not lead us there. At this moment it feels like your dream couldn’t be further out of reach. We are failing you Martin. We are failing you. I am so very sorry.

Last night, the fraud tried to steal your words. Through all the crimes he has committed against democracy, against the Constitution, against your cause, this offended me the most. And so I will let you correct the record. You spoke of the freedom of speech. You spoke of the freedom of assembly.  You spoke of freedom of the press.  You spoke of the freedom to protest.  I saw the president-elect's campaign attempt to suppress all of these freedoms.  But you also said, "...only when it is dark enough can you see the stars."  Perhaps the dream is closer than it seems.

We'll get there yet Martin...somehow we will get there.

I posted the above segment so we can see the man.  You can listen to Dr. King's final speech here: 

Listen to it, and renew the struggle.  Democracy has suffered a blow.  Freedom has suffered a blow.  But the dream lives on and will not die as long as we remember what that dream was really about, and remember what Dr. King saw when he went to the top of the mountain.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good post Shtuey - one step at a time and one day at a time - Pampers will be revealed as the deeply flawed and hollow man that he is. We must remain resolute in our task to hold him and those who enabled him, to account. Democracy and freedom is more threatened by his fraudulent presidency than it was under the 8 years of the Shrub, we have much work ahead of us!