Thank You Barack and Michelle Obama

In my feelings about this inauguration tomorrow:

My grandparents came to Cincinnati from GA and AL. They came with little to no finances. But they came with a “dream” in their heart that there was a better way of life than the segregated southern upbringing they had for their children and their children’s children. They did everything in their power to make that “dream” come true. They worked as a maid, janitors, and a school lunch lady. They drove taxis, and they washed other peoples clothes just to try and get the ends to meet. They advanced their careers and took every opportunity afforded them and ended up to working/retiring from some of America’s and the worlds largest corporations.

I can only imagine the strength that it took to endure their childhood, young adulthood, and of course adulthood… it is unimaginable. But the love and pride they exuded in every task they took on no matter large or small was undeniable. They even had the “audacity” to teach their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren that same “dream” and dedication to reach their goals.

As the direct beneficiary of their “dream” and all they endured and accomplished… Tonight…. For the 1st time in my life… I imagined the fear they felt on their journey. Why tonight? Why the first time in my life? Because for the 1st time since I have been of voting age, we have a president elect that reeks of complete and utter hatred of everyone that has the courage to disagree with him. Because for the 1st time in my life I am “fearful” for my children’s future….for OUR children’s future… and for America’s future…

But like my great-grandparents, grandparents and parents, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.” Psalms 121:1-2

So…. tonight…. I imagined the fear of my parents…. But… tonight I also embrace the last 8 years where I witnessed the dream!!
I still call it a dream even though it HAPPENED, because tonight… like any dream…. it ends… and tonight… I choose to hold on to the dream and let go of the fear!

To my family that paved the way for me and my children… and to the greatest president and first family of these United States of America….. Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama …..THANK YOU! #yeswedid

 black-love

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Trump Visits West Chester, Ohio

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Donald Trump Rally West Chester, OH 03/13/2016
Image Courtesy of Live stream from WCPO Channel 9

This picture speaks a thousands words. What does it say to you?

The Obvious —- Grand Wizard of Stupidity
Trump is the village idiot that the closet racist put in the public eye to distract the masses. Trump did what he always does, he pulled out his one trick and spouted more of his fear inducing racist rhetoric comments, and he continues to speak around serious issues and falls back to his favorite saying “Mexico is going to pay for the wall.”

The Subtle —- Hat Wearing Supporters
Keep in mind I live 20 minutes which is approximately 15 miles from West Chester, OH. The weather in my location is exactly the same in West Chester. Several supporters are wearing visors or hats. Today is a very cloudy and rainy day. The visors and baseball caps will not keep your head dry and there is absolutely no sun. So what is it that the caps provide? Fashion statement? Possibly. Or maybe a slight veil of anonymity for the average well intending republican that has lived a privileged life and due to the ever unstable economy has felt the pressure and the pain of having that privilege threatened. The reason for so many head coverings at an indoor Trump rally on a cloudy day is not clear. But it is definitely unusual and raises several questions.2016-03-13 (4)

The disturbing— Young Supporters and Off Duty Law Enforcement in Uniform
I find it disturbing that the 80’s and 90’s babies are not more developed thinkers with them being the internet/information overload generation. It amazes me that the influence of their parents and grandparents still dominates their logic.

The most disturbing of the participants is the Off Duty Law Enforcement Officers who chose to wear their uniforms to the rally. This is not just disturbing it is terrifying. That visual provides a clear confirmation that some law enforcement personnel actually believe and support this hateful and selfish mentality. We however are to believe that their personal opinions will not influence how they interact and treat citizens that don’t look like them.