Barack Obama

I just heard you on Fox News, and I felt I had to respond.

A little story: when I was in Jr. High School a friend of mine, Billy, had just about had not being able to say "black" in 1956 Boston without being made fun of by the white people; I mean whether you were talking about a car or a person. He started down the street after school yelling, "I'm black and I'm proud of it!" at the top of his lungs to everyone within earshot. Because he was my friend, I joined him. Pretty soon there were about 7 or 8 of us, from all races, saying the same thing (would you believe a Mohegan Indian? Or an Irish kid?). An old black man was seated on a stoop at the end of the street. He called me over and asked, What are you saying, son?" When I repeated it, he jumped up and started hopping around. "Do you know how long I've been waiting to hear that?" he said. "Now I know everything will be all right."

That was in 1956. Since then I and others have been involved in several acts of "civil disobedience", protesting racial injustice. We did that so you could have the opinions you have. So maybe you're a success story of sorts.

I don't know whether you're old enough or not to have participated in any of those actions. If not, talk to someone old enough to know what it was like to have your "balls in your throat" wondering whether you were going to live the day out or not, especially knowing that the police would just as soon grab you and work you over as would anyone out of the hostile crowd.

In short, we marched so that we could have a Barack Obama. And, as usual, we had to be discernibly better than our white competition to get the same job. Barack Obama will restore our prestige and respect around the world. John McCain will not. Barack Obama will make life better for the average citizen. John McCain will not.

I don't care about the history of the Democratic Party. They were all the same, so far as we were concerned. What's important is today. With Barack Obama we will not return to "those" days. With John McCain we will make negligible progress.

George Wilson

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Submitted by Cyclist on Sat, 07/05/2008 - 9:42pm.

We will not return to "those days" because "we" won't allow it. Not because of who is in the oval office.
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Submitted by Davids mom on Sun, 07/06/2008 - 9:30pm.

I had the opportunity to go to Montgomery, Alabama when they honored the Freedom Riders this year. One of the Freedom Riders lives close by. They are all in their 60's now. If history was taught correctly, we wouldn't have this 'hate' talk today. Whites and Blacks were together in making history in this country - as well as Hispanics, Asians and Native Americans. WE are making the difference today, in spite of so-called leaders. We, Americans should all stand together and be proud of what has been accomplished and what will be accomplished in the future because We are all Americans - on a journey to live the words found in our Constitution. There is no need to denigrate an entire group of Americans - whether White or Black. We make progress when we work together.

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