Tuesday, November 04, 2008

I hear my mother, and many others...

She passed in 2005. Others died as long ago as 300 years ago, at Jamestown. The first. Or in 1987, or 1999. Or on a ship headed for Jamaica. But I hear them. You can too, if you open your mind...

Stony the road we trod, bitter the chastening rod, Felt in the days when hope unborn had died; Yet with a steady beat, have not our weary feet, Come to the place for which our fathers sighed? We have come over a way that with tears has been watered, We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered; Out from the gloomy past, till now we stand at last Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast...

7 comments:

eisa said...

i feel you, brother. the ancestors are partying up in glory land!

eisa

Knute Rife said...

In our lifetimes, Chris, we've gone from Blacks being beaten and killed for trying to vote (along with Whites who were trying to help them) to a Black president. Wow. I can only hope can avoid getting his head blown into Michelle's lap.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

beautiful post.

gdphillips said...

Let's not forget that the DNC under Howard Dean initiated a 50-state approach -- door knocking, reaching out to church groups, youth registration, etc. -- that Obama's camp built on strategically (with a mighty effort by organized labor that put ground troops and instituted massive phone banking into battle ground states) that brought us to this moment. Now the real work begins.

Ochyming said...

A new dawn!

I was wrong!
I stand corrected!

Exquisitely Black said...

beautiful words and thoughts. I didn't believe it was possible. Here's to us, doing the impossible and improbably over and over and over again.

Dredded_One said...

I'm late to the posts, but I too, am shocked and in awe. I never thought I'd see it in my lifetime. THis is an awesome moments for all Americans.

And yes, now the real work begins as well as the tolerance. We all are going to see a lot of ignorance for the next few years. I've already heard dumb crap about how people and the media are ignoring that he is mixed and was raised by whites. Hello? That is true but I'm sure he didn't carry a "raised by whites" card with him all the time.

But I digress, let's back the man to the best of our and his abilities and if he fucks up, he gets the boot like any other prez. Its that simple.