Are you that narrow minded that you can't comprehend the significance of this day in history and how that walk across the Edmund Pettis Bridge changed things for today?
I happened to be there today, in Selma, AL, with my wife and two of our children, both daughters, and I can tell you it was a very moving experience not just for me but for my family as well.
Some of you may know that mine is a blended family, a mixture of Black and White. As my wife and I and our two daughters (her biological White child and our bi-racial child) walked among the masses, we noticed a few things. First, there weren't just Black people present. Yes, as expected there were White people there, too, lots of them just as there were White who marched with Dr. King 50 years ago. But I also observed people from other nationalities there, too. I saw a small group of Japanese people there, a Korean couple, a few Mexicans and two French girls were there, too. This place - Selma, AL - and the commemoration of the history walk that took place 50 years ago meant something to alot of people. Certainly, many people came hoping to get a glimpse of the President speak. But most were there just to be part of history and to reflect on what that march from Selma to Montgomery truly meant not only for Black people fighting for their right to be including in the American fabric. But people were also there to share in the fruit of the sacrifice many of the marchers made on that day. And I observed other people taking stock in the great human tapestry MLK, Jr and other civil rights leaders envisioned 50 years ago, as well.
People helped each other. They said hello. They were kind and considerate toward one another. And when I looked around me and saw my America not merely in Black and White, but in multi-color without a single negative incident taking place, I have to say I was never more proud to see ordinary people come together to share in an historical moment and want nothing but good will upon their fellow man.
Last edited by Gina; 03-08-15 at 04:03 PM. Reason: requested
"A fair exchange ain't no robbery." Tupac Shakur w/Digital Underground
Find a topic and you can find an Obama lie on the topic.
In 2007, Obama said:
"What happened in Selma, Alabama and Birmingham also stirred the conscience of the nation...This young man named Barack Obama...came over to this country. He met this woman...(who) had a good idea there was some craziness going on because they looked at each other and they decided...it might...be possible for us to get together and have a child. There was something stirring across the country because of what happened in Selma, Alabama... So they got together and Barack Obama Jr. was born. So don't tell me I don't have a claim on Selma, Alabama. Don't tell me I'm not coming home to Selma, Alabama. I'm here because somebody marched."
Barack Obama was addressed a group in Selma, AL commemorating the 1965 voting rights march. He credited the event with giving his parents the idea that they could have a child. The result was him--Barack Obama, Child of Destiny.
The problem is he was born in 1961 - and was already 4 years old. "What lie can I tell to this group?" is just how Obama thinks. And he became president out of it. Unquestionably the most successful liar in the world, literally.
It also should be noted that President Obama is not the prodigy of slaves nor of any American bigotry whatsoever. He is not of that history historically or personally. His ancestors did NOT suffer under slavery, bigotry and oppression, nor did any of them fight against.
It is unfortunate that the first American "black" president is not the prodigy of American slaves or sharecroppers. Not the prodigy of those who suffered racial segregation nor denied voting rights, civil rights or human rights. Instead, Obama is a cousin of Dick Cheney (literally) and Sarah Palin, with a Kenya family heritage likely connected to the slave trade itself.
Yes, the President should be there, but he should receive NO credit NOR his parents. Rather, it should be noted that HE benefited from the efforts of OTHERS.
Yes I understand the significance of the event, but that doesn't mean I let the sins of 50 years ago define the reality of today. It doesn't mean I look at our great nation and see the blood shed on that bridge and think ?Man what a ****ty country we got soooo much to over come!" I look at today where I served under black officers, male and female and NO ONE THOUGHT TWICE ABOUT IT. I have friends and co workers whose skin color... just doesn't ****ing matter. I have neighbors who I greet that happen to hail from lands far and wide, whose skin, heritage and social norms are not mine. And no one I know gives two ****s that they do.
We care: Are you good, honest, law abiding folk who try to be the best you can be? That's it.
What happened on that bridge 50 years ago, was a terrible tragedy, what happened today was proof we've moved past such stupidity. Only those who cannot see the past as a guidepost and instead are defined by it, are the ones that need help, the rest of us just want to move on.