Those of you that have been following this blog, know and understand the reason behind the way I view certain social issues. The post I did on October 3 titled…”An Awakening to A World of Injustice” allows those of you that haven’t read much of this blog…a ‘view’ from behind my eyes. I simply have no words to adequately express what is within my heart at this moment. Yet, if you read the post I mentioned, you may get a hint of what I mean
After all that I’ve seen, witnessed and been part of…I can honestly say that I never imagined that I’d live long enough to see this “dream” realized. No, I don’t mean only for our African American citizens…but for ALL CITIZENS!
The continual rhetoric of “Red vs Blue” states, division, strife, bickering and backbiting is a destructive force. The one central message we’ve heard all along from President Elect Barack Obama…was one of hope and change. His calm and steady manner in all situations was something I’d not seen in ANY leader in my lifetime. The ability to infuse renewed hope and confidence is the hallmark of a true leader. There was no fearmongering, that we as a nation had become so accustomed. We are the UNITED STATES!
Yes, there will be major issues to resolve as a nation. However, having the right leadership, I’m confident that solutions will be found. I am also well aware that this will not be an instant “fix”. It will take time, and much work. If we all work together, solutions can be found and implemented.
Below is a portion of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s speech, “I Have A Dream”
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”
And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!
Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!
But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”