This is my heritage…

THIS IS MY HERITAGE.

Rich, white housewives from the North giving abolition the attention it needed to change public opinion.  Abraham Lincoln issuing the Emancipation Proclamation.  Union soldiers dying to keep our country whole.  3/4’s of our states voting to end slavery.

White lawyers and their families terrorized for taking “seperate but equal” to the Supreme Court.  Joan Baez singing the anthems of the Civil Rights movement.  Hippies marching with Martin Luther King Jr.

THIS IS WHAT I’VE PASSED DOWN TO MY CHILDREN.

You will find a few bad apples on every tree.  The harvest is still good.  The bullies and the self-righteous suffer and inflict pain to ease theirs.  Stand up for yourself and others.

WE HAVE MORE IN COMMON THAN YOU THINK.

If we don’t live side by side how are we to know what struggles the other faces.  There’s people that want you to feel that others have it better just because of the color of their skin.   See for yourself.

Is life in the trailer park somehow better than life in the hood?  How are they treated by the police?  What negative stereotypes do they have to overcome?  What happens when they’re harrassed because of their race?  Who is there to stand up for them?  The answers to these questions will explain a lot about what’s been happening lately.

Poor communities are constantly delegitimized, black and white, so they won’t be taken seriously.  We aren’t a bunch of drug addicts and criminals.  We aren’t lazy, ignorant people looking for a handout.  We work our butts off everyday for people who won’t pay us enough to feed our families and put a roof over our heads.  If we need help it’s because billion dollar corporations aren’t doing their fair share.

WHY DO THEY DO IT?  BECAUSE THEY’RE SCARED.

There’s way more of us than them and without labor there can be no wealth.  Who’s better to find the answers to our nation’s problems than those that face them everyday?

Divided we will continue to be puppets, someone else pulling the strings.  UNITED WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD!

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