Obama’s Race Speech: A Response from a Rwandan

29 03 2008

There are things that move me and then there are things that move me to action. This YouTube clip of this young man who grew up n Rwanda and left when he was a young boy because of the genocide and his experience in America with racism will make you want to move, move to change this nation. Move to change those around you. Move to make this world a better place. Move to heal the chasm that swallows us up when we try to join hands to narrow it and move to unite this nation.

Is it possible? Can America with its dirty seedy past be healed? Can America, a country that started by eradicating a nation of people who were friendly and on the backs of a people stolen from their homeland and brought to another in chains, be healed?

I am not an idealist, I have never been, I have seen hate in the eyes of black, brown, yellow and white but I have also seen hope and understanding in those same eyes. Despite my cynical heart, somehow I believe it is possible for us to be just America without all the hyphens. I believe the hyphens divide us, I believe those hyphens are strategically placed to make us feel as if we will never truly be an American. It is those hyphens that divide us not our race, our skin or our cultures.

When I lived in Europe, no one had hyphens in their ethnic title. They weren’t Afro-Italian or German-Italian. They were Italian. Although subcultures existed people were proud to be apart of the larger culture without giving up or not celebrating their own.

I have been saying this for years now and watching this video and experiencing this young man’s pain, tears and even joy; there is nothing more in this world that I wish to be right now, except JUST American.


Huckabee defends Obama’s Pastor

28 03 2008

Of course being the bleeding liberal that I am–not–I have been quite annoyed by the press coverage of the negative aspect of Sen. Obama’s pastor’s statements about the U.S. and particular ethnic groups. What the media does not talk about is those who have come out to defend Obama and his relationship with Rev. Wright.

The latest person to defend Rev. Wright is none other than Mike Huckabee. I was quite stun to hear Gov. Huckabee come to the defense of his rival, enemy, foe–Sen. Obama. It just goes to show you that even the right is saying enough is enough. There is something about Obama that causes people to trust him and believe him. Maybe its a thing called integrity, honesty and character.

Thanks Huckabee for going against the status quo and speaking out against media bias and bringing reality to the table in America. Let’s own up and face the music folks about our country’s past and let’s deal with it together so that the wounds will no longer fester but be healed so we can move forward together.

Here’s the transcript from Gov. Huckabee’s interview on MSNBC and the recording of it here so that you can watch it yourself.

The road less traveled

21 01 2008

I can remember the first day that I got bitten by the political bug. It was in 1993 and I was a junior at Elsik High School in Houston, TX.

Of course at the time I was not yet old enough to vote so the only way I can make my voice known was by talking and debating the issues with other students.

At that time I was a member of the student organization HOSA and was trying to decide if I would become a doctor or a lawyer. Fortunately or unfortunately I was smitten by both fields but made a decision to pursue medicine because of my family doctor who decided to mentor me as well as find me black American doctors to mentor me as well–he was white.

I joined HOSA and participated in the HOSA parliamentary procedure debate and other activities. Unfortunately, my mom was a struggling single parent barely making ends-meat and therefore made it impossible for me to participate in extra-curricular activities. I believe that if I were able to do so my path would have gone a totally different direction.

Instead, I joined the military in 1994 after I graduated from high school; more out of a thirst to travel then to serve my country–which I found out was most enlisted personnel’s reason for joining as well. I was afforded the opportunity to travel around the world the three years that I was in the Navy. These experiences solidified the international bug that I had already been bitten by when I was younger.

I was the little black kid who listened to classical music and Enya. I sang in the choir in my school and played bells in the bell choir. I also played the clarinet. Somehow deep inside I knew that my life would be different then what it was at the time.

You are probably wondering why I am telling you this? I wish to explain my background so that you may better understand why I am supporting Barack Obama for president.

Many would say it is because he is black but to be honest that was a strike against him, for me, in the beginning. You see the black community has not had a viable leader since Martin Luther King, Jr and Malcolm X. In fact our community has regress in many ways and has accepted the modern pop culture’s definition of what it means to be a black American–grills, sagging pants, bling, etc. That is until Senator Obama stepped onto the scene. He is eloquent, intelligent, firm, and doesn’t play around. I was not prepared for this candidate. I forgot about his keynote address at the 2004 Democrat Convention. In fact it was the furthest thing from my mind. Being a struggling college student at the moment leaves no room to have fund memories.

It wasn’t until I saw him for the second time on Oprah that I took notice. Who was this funny guy with the funny name, big ears and dark lips? And what was he talking about? I was voting for Hilary anyway. But something about what he said spoke to me. In a country that forces you to define yourself by race, culture, socio-economic, level of education, religion, etc; rarely do I meet others who do not allow our society to put them in a box and who proudly announces that they are undefinable. I rarely meet others who possess an international, multi-cultural spirit. But Barack’s spirit spoke to mine. Here was a multi-racial American man who refused to be put in a box and he was running for president.

At first, I didn’t think he could do it but when I heard about all of the people turning up at his rallies and all the money he’d raised without using lobbyist and PAC’s; and the fact that he wished to unite America, which is a very important issue to me, I knew that he was my guy and I have been campaigning for him since.

My mom use to always say to me, “a divided house cannot stand.” What a true statement this is–united we stand, divided we fall– these clich├ęs have proven true as far as the American people are concerned. We have allowed fear and manipulation to completely divide us. A divided army cannot fight a common enemy and a divided people cannot save their country.

I believe in this campaign and over the next few months I will be blogging about it. I hope that America will see through the haze to the truth and we will again be a united people once again. We aren’t called the United States for nothing.