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regards to the American political structure
and this year's upcoming election, this
theme continues to plague a majority of
American minds, especially young adults
(ages 18-25) within the United States.
Many of us fail to understand exactly
why politics and government seem like
one big giant scheme that constantly lies
to it's citizens and tries to create a
world where America is the embodiment
of perfection and that 'God Blesses America'
and no place else.
the election draws closer, Why is it that
both Presidential candidates and the American
people, for that matter, seem to be more
concerned about degrading each candidates'
character rather than focusing the attack
on the candidates ideas or plans of action.
How many times do you see a television
ad attacking John Kerry's heroics in Vietnam
and belittling his service to his country
or how often do you hear about Bush's
'no-show,' or better yet, lack of service
to his country? Not to say that
'loyalty' is not an issue when it comes
to deciding who you want to Head your
nation, but we seldom hear about Bush
or Kerry's plan for the thirty-million
Americans that live in Poverty, 24% of
whom are African-American and 27% being
Hispanic (www.census.gov). Nor do
you hear about the increase of suicides
among teenagers within the last thirty
to 1-teenage-suicide.com, a website seeking
to raise the consciousness of Americans
in regards to suicide, the suicide rate
has tripled since 1970. Not to mention,
79% of all suicides happen to be men and
teenage boys. Or what about the
fact that America and Bush spend $399
Billion on military and defense, but only
34 Billion on America's educational system
it the great 'dreamer' Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. who once said . "If we assume
that mankind has a right to survive then
we must find an alternative to war and
destruction. Don't ever let anyone pull
you so low as to hate them. We must use
the weapon of love. We must have the compassion
and understanding for those who hate us.
We must realize so many people are taught
to hate us that they are not totally responsible
for their hate. But we stand in life at
midnight; we are always on the threshold
of a new dawn ( Martin Luther King,
Jr., "Pilgrimage to Nonviolence"
in Strength to Love 1958)."
does this exactly say about us?
What about the rise of Aids among American
women, which also happens to be the 3rd
leading cause of death among black women
ages 25 to 44? Who's thinking about
the 30% of all American children who grow
up in single-parent households, a statistic
which directly relates to the increase
of suicides among teens? Three out
of every four-suicide attempts involve
persons who were raised in R U Serious?
What does America really care about?
How can a nation for the People, forget
about its PEOPLE?
can 5% of the population control
85% of the nations wealth (democraticunderground.com)?
Anyone with a sense of reality who is
not afraid to look at the world as it
'Really' is, will ultimately pose this
question. R U Serious? Are we serious,
who do you expect us (common people) to
vote for when no one seems to care about
what is 'really' affecting our nation's
people, especially our youth. Our
youth (who eventually become adults) live
with fear and hopelessness and have no
respect for parents, leadership, or government.
not that our generation is not concerned
with voting or politics, many simply believe
that such matters are irrelevant to their
position in life. In addition to the fact,
many believe that politicians are liars
and politics is merely an institution
of falsehoods. If you're in a household
where your parents happen to be a part
of the 46% of American marriages that
end up in divorce, do you think your major
concern has anything to do with politics?
going to be more concerned about 'why'
your parents are divorced, how come you
had to be a part of that situation, and
'why' did it happen to you. Or perhaps
you're going to party all weekend (from
Thursday to Sunday) desiring to drink
your problems away and hoping to forget
about the emotional pain you've encountered.
Now, if you're an African American teenager
whose father is likely to be in prison
(one in three black men in the judicial
system), do you think your concern is
whether or not Bush or Kerry 'win,' an
irrelevant election? NO.
situation psychologically left a feeling
of abandonment, fear, and hopelessness
inside of you which caused an apathetic
attitude towards self and life, consequently,
you become another one of the million
other black teenage boys who hang on the
corner, hustle, smoke weed all day, and
do whatever else it takes in order to
survive; even if that means violence and
murder. Why don't we look at ourselves
and the world as it truly is?
majority of our youth are raising themselves
while our 'leaders' are bashing each other's
characters. WHOA. Do these "leaders"
really care about what's affecting our
communities? Why do we as Americans
fool ourselves by pretending we live in
some 'Hollywood' nation where everything
is perfect and it's not? Pretending
not to see 'real' issues is not cool anymore
and it's time that we confront these issues
for the record, I am getting sick of all
these black entertainers and celebrities
all over the T.V. and the Democratic Convention
talking about voting and trying to rouse'
up the black vote. We all know the
majority of blacks vote Democratic, but
it seems like they're using these blacks
as puppets to get blacks involved.
Now, encouraging anyone to vote is not
what makes me mad, but how many of these
P-Diddy's or Patti LaBelle's actually
sat down with Democratic leaders and devised
a plan for the black community, the community
that they're trying to rouse'. More
black men are in jail than in college,
so who's raising our children? Twenty-four
percent of blacks are in poverty, but
did LaBelle or Wyclef sing a song about
that or any other issues that are affecting
the community that they are supposedly
not a black thing, in between thing, or
a white thing, but if these entertainers
and so-called moguls are going to parade
around like 'it's all good,' then they
should know that the community that they're
trying to 'win' is in a position where
it can advance economically, politically,
and socially instead of being in a position
of disenfranchisement. Or else,
don't tell me to vote for anyone, without
a valid reason as to why I should vote
for that person. Now are we Serious?
You Be the Judge. Peace.
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