MY FLAG, MY COUNTRY! by Mary Neal
This is our flag and our country! Too often the flag is used as a symbol of one political party rather than a symbol of the United States of America. Many African Americans do not say with pride, "I am an American!" because of the ongoing racism and centuries of hatred we have endured and continue to battle. But when you look around you wherever you happen to be in this country, you see the results of centuries of our contribution.
We did not come here in the 1940's seeking a better life, although I congratulate those who did and hope they found good success for their families. But African Americans have been here from the beginning working to make America the prosperous nation that it is ever since the earliest settlers! That's black men's blood under the overpasses where you drive. That's black men's sweat you see drying on the railroad tracks as you take long trips, sweat from leased slaves. That's black men's blood on the battlefields from the Revolutionary War to Iraq's desert. That's black children's echos you hear as you drive by the cotton fields throughout the South.
This is MY COUNTRY, and I'm going to fight to hold America to the pledge I was instructed to say every morning of my young life:
"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
America WILL keep her pledge to me, even though my hands are raw, calloused and swollen from yanking her promises away from those who would withhold the rights I am due, and I honor my pledge to America. My great, great, great grandmother came from Africa, but for me, America is home! I will join hands in unity with Americans of all races and ethnic groups and fight to make her better just as our fathers fought to carve her out of wilderness and died to keep her safe. Let others give up on America, but I'm going to stand right here and claim my hard-won citizenship with pride and demand what is mine by birth and bloodshed. GOD BLESS AMERICA!
Great video! Watch:
James Brown's Living in America
Another video to enjoy!
Red Skelton's Pledge of Allegience
It is important to keep in mind that patriotism also means developing and keeping a good relationship with other world citizens. Ultimately, we ALL share a common home - earth. And whether we acknowledge it or not, we all share the same loving Creator.
If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. ~ Romans 12:18
A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly. ~ Proverbs 18:24
An interesting thing happened this morning. I opened my Yahoo email box and there were several groups I never joined - Pakistan, and others. I wish everyone well all over the world, but I wondered why the groups showed up in my email box since I never joined them and do not wish to do so. Perhaps, like with Martin Luther King and others, there is an attempt to make it appear that any Americans who stand up for freedom and justice for all must be of another political persuasion. To clarify, I am a capitalist without any capital, and I believe more in democracy than those folks in Washington any old day. Bless their hearts. Stealing my emails and replacing my groups with foreign national groups will not work. Try something else. And stop substituting the last part of addresses in my contact list with different data after the @ so that my mail does not reach the folks I email!
At the end of the day, I will still stand and demand to know what you did with my mentally ill brother, Larry Neal, who died under Secret Arrest in Memphis/Shelby County Jail. His family has asked for FIVE years what you did to him and why you did it. Furthermore, I will continue to demand that you decriminalize mental illness and replace prisons with treatment for mental patients. God said that we must treat others as we wish to be treated, and I don't think anyone in power around here would want a sick loved one treated as though his illness was a criminal offense punishable by solitary confinement in the "hole," tasered, gassed, or otherwise abused. No official would have the least bit of trouble having the death of his loved one investigated, especially if that person dies in government custody. So I don't appreciate it. Freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and the right to petition government for a redress of grievances are my rights as a citizen, and I will not give up any of them.
To secretly arrest a handicapped citizen and return him dead without explanation, excuse, full autopsy report, and denied any investigation is very undemocratic of YOU, not me.
Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill
P.O. Box 7222, Atlanta, GA 30357
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