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2012 COUNTDOWN TO A NEW AMERICA:1 DAY TO GO

“THERE COMES A TIME WHEN SILENCE IS BETRAYAL.”

As the time draws near for the citizens of the United States of America to make one of the most significant choices of this era or any other for that matter, I feel compelled to share a part of a letter that was written to President Obama 129 years ago.  Frederick Douglas had the foresight to see that the day would come when an African-American would rule this nation.  He had the foresight to see that the backlash against such an accomplishment would provide some seemingly insurmountable challenges, but 2008 proved victorious.  Please take time to read this in its entirety.

     A LETTER TO OBAMA

“Though the colored man is no longer subject to barter and sale, he is surrounded by an adverse settlement which fetters all his movements in his downward course he meets with no resistance, but his course upward is resented and resisted at every step of his progress.  If he comes in ignorance, rags and wretchedness he conforms to the popular belief of his character, and in that character he is welcome, but if he shall come as a gentleman, a scholar and a statesman, he is hailed as a contradiction to the national faith concerning his race, and his coming is resented as impudence.  In one case he may provoke contempt and derision, but in the other he is an affront to pride and provokes malice.”

Frederick Douglas

September 25,1883

THE TIME IS HERE.  THE TIME IS NOW.  VOTE

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5 responses

  1. ronwin langevine

    Very fitting for the occasion…

    November 6, 2012 at 3:05 PM

  2. My Vote Counted! I exercised my “Freedom to be Heard”! I took full advantage of MY RIGHT, MY PRIVILEGE, MY POWER and VOTED because I have the “FREEDOM TO BE HEARD”!

    November 7, 2012 at 12:44 AM

  3. My Vote Counted! I exercised my “Freedom to be Heard”! I took full advantage of MY RIGHT, MY PRIVILEGE, MY POWER and VOTED because I have the “FREEDOM TO BE HEARD”! I am Nadya Ife Tiscur Lawrence, and I have the powerful, “Freedom to be Heard”!!

    November 7, 2012 at 12:45 AM

  4. Do you know that I love my ancestors, fore fathers who fought, shed blood, sacrificed their lives, minds, hearts, souls, spirits so that I have the right, the power, the responsibility, the drive, the passion, to VOTE, or like my brothers from THREEKEYSBRAND state “Freedom to be Heard”!!! Thank you, GOD!! —-NITUL (Nadya)

    November 7, 2012 at 12:50 AM

  5. Shailah

    Every part of this election signified “Greatness” and this “Letter to Obama” brings it all full circle! ~Intriguing

    November 8, 2012 at 7:22 AM

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