Friday, January 20, 2006

The "Plantation" remark...

I usually ignore the political pandering to my race. I don't attend the rallies or speeches, I gloss over the quotes in the paper, I don't engage in conversations with supporters. It irritates me, but through avoidance I don't let it get to me.

I heard & was offended by Hilary Clinton's "...the house is run like a plantation, and you all know what I mean" remark.

No, Hilary. I don't know what you mean. Why don't you explain yourself, eloquently, like you did with the Tammy Wynette remark so many years ago, instead of letting the party's handlers send your lone Black colleague out to try to smooth things over?

Not that I care what you think. Because You. Don't. Represent. Me. Nor do you speak for me, nor can you speak to me, nor to my cultural experience and history. How dare you hijack an experience unique to my race to further your personal ambitions and objectives. The house is run like a plantation? What, are some representatives forced to do the bidding of others with the fear of the lash or the noose as their motivator?

Frankly, I'm not seeing that level of coercion on the telecasts.

I do appreciate that she's proving my point as she's trying to capitalize on her whoremonger husband's appeal to some segments of Black society as a means to curry favor. I don't see the tactic working as well for her. The woman lacks appeal.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Hilary Clinton should not be our first female president.

If elected, she would not provide a 'clean win' for feminists. She rode the jock of a sex addict and serial philanderer to power, she neither earned it nor achieved it on her own.

There are examples of females who have reached levels of power without tying themselves to a man to get there. Margaret Thatcher and Condoleeza Rice come to mind.

Friday, January 06, 2006

"Support Our Troops-My sergeant Uncle"

My 11 year old daughter wrote this essay for a language arts assignment:

"My uncle is a sergeant in the National Guard. I admire him for this. He's been deployed once; he went to Kosovo, in Serbia. Now he's training to go to Iraq. I missed him when he was in Kosovo. I miss him as he's training, and I'll miss him when he's in Iraq.

When my uncle is away with the National Guard, I'm sad and I miss him because I don't know how he is (and when he's training I probably don't know where he is). He emails, and sends pictures, but that's not the same. I want to see him in person, not on the computer.

About my uncle's deployment, he's been deployed in Kosovo, Serbia. In training for this, he was mostly at Fort Stewart, Georgia. He was training for an estimated six months. He was in Kosovo for about seven months.

As for Iraq, he'll be training for another three months. He has been training for about four months already. My uncle's training has mostly been at Fort Shelby, Mississippi. He'll be in Iraq for another 12 months.

My family all knows where he's going. We also know that he's going to be okay, and he wants to do what he's doing. I will pray for my uncle everyday; I'll pray for his safe return. I'll know that he is in safe hands. I will send lots of cards to him and others at his station. I'll also send useful and decorative things. I'll show lots of love in what I send. I will show that I support my uncle completely.

The rest of my family and I are very proud of my uncle. He is a great soldier; he is a great person.

To add to my pride in my uncle, I know that when he's away with the National Guard he's fighting as a representative of our country. He's representing the United States of America; he's representing my best friend; he's representing my neighbor; and he's representing me, as are all the soldiers out there fighting in the United States Army."