In light of February being recognized as Black History Month, a month where our heritage, ancestors, and leaders are being acknowledged for their legacies, such as the late Harriet Tubman for her bravery and resistance, for risking her life and leading hundreds of men and women to freedom via the Underground Railroad. Another notable name is the late George Washington Carver who discovered three hundred uses for peanuts, including peanut butter. I also have to mention the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. honoring his stance on civil rights and equality. So many honorable African American men and women played a significant role in moving America forward.
When we go to the ballot box this November we should go with two things in mind, the importance of the selection we are making and the sacrifices of those who fought for those rights before us. Black people did not always have the right to vote, or many of the other rights that we take for granted. Today it seems as if some of our own people want us to go back in time by not exercising that right. Groups of Black pastors are urging their congregations not to vote, or to only vote how the pastor endorses. That in itself is is disgraceful. It is the very definition of indoctrination; this is when a pastor teaches someone to accept doctrines uncritically. Why would a pastor of all people be willing to tell the Black community not to exercise the right that so many fought and died for.
As the world watches to see if America can avoid going over the fiscal cliff, House Majority Leader John Boehner must feel the weight of it crashing down on him. Each day he spends much of his time trying to persuade a stubborn Republican caucus to work for the good of the country. However, today's Republicans do not resemble the ones that were in Washington when he was elected over twenty years ago.
The Battle for the Soul of the Republic
Since the horrifying massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, which left 28 people, including 20 children dead; there have been over 100 murders across the United States. The brief pause we experienced while grieving for the innocent school kids that were killed on that dreadful day could not last. Our societal thirst for blood would not be quenched simply by the lives of those guiltless young victims. Day by day, since the Sandy Hook tragedy, Americans continue to be killed in record numbers.
Before the violence spirals further out of control, we should ask ourselves a few very serious questions.
The world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem played host to the first in a new series of events this past Monday, which included somewhat less of a showcase of talent, and more of a showcase of discussion and information. The panel discussion in the new “Uptown Hall” series, featured the likes of Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Amsterdam News Editor-In-Chief Elinor Tatum, Keli Goff, Rev. Al Sharpton, columnist Jonathan Hicks and Dr. James Braxton Peterson. Moderated by former CNN journalist T.J. Holmes, the panelists spoke on issues of education, racism, and most importantly the voter I.D. laws, which could greatly affect these November elections.