Thursday, September 11, 2008
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY, SMALL EARS ARE LISTENING
If you know me you know I came to this election a hardcore Hillary Clinton supporter.
To this day I think she would have made a great candidate.
But, it didn't work out that way. In Denver I saw the faces of the young people from 4yrs on up and I saw the faces of kids who were actually joyfull about an election!
Who woulda thunk it?
It reminded me of a story. A story that I hope folks who don't support Obama because they supported Hillary will take heed of.
btw, who knew this blogging would have me constantly opening old wounds?
Calling Dr. Bombay, Dr. Bombay!
This is something I wrote to myself as notes on why I wanted to be elected to a local LGBT organization, The Las Vegas Athletics, Arts & Activities community organization, or LVGA3.
Here it goes:
MY MAIN REASON I WANT TO HELP OUT GOES BACK TO MY MIDDLE SCHOOL YEARS.
ALL I WANTED TO DO FROM THE TIME I TOOK MY FIRST PLANE RIDE AT 6 YRS OLD WAS TO BE A PILOT.
IN THE 6TH GRADE AT THE START OF MY FIRST DAY IN A NEW SCHOOL I WENT TO ALL MY TEACHERS AND ASKED WHAT I NEEDED TO DO TO BE A PILOT. ALL THE TEACHERS TOLD ME TO STUDY HARD AND GET GOOD GRADES.
WHEN I GOT TO THE MATH TEACHER, SHE TOLD ME IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS, "THEY DON'T LET BLACK PEOPLE BE PILOTS." TO TOP IT OFF, SHE THEN SAID, "ESPECIALLY NOT SISSIES."
I IMMEDIATELEY STARTED EATING AND TO THIS DAY CAN'T DO MATH. I'M ALSO NOT A PILOT. I GOT MOST OF THE WEIGHT OFF AND ONE DAY I WILL LEARN ENOUGH MATH TO FLY A PLANE, BUT, THE HURT IS STILL THERE EVERYTIME I PASS AN AIRPORT.
I NEVER WANT ANY TEEN OR EVEN ANY ADULTS TO BE TOLD THAT THEY CAN'T DO SOMETHING BECAUSE OF THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN OR THEIR SEXUAL ORIENTATION. I FEEL THIS ORGANIZATION CAN GO A LONG WAY TOWARDS LETTING ALL TYPES OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT NO MATTER WHO THEY ARE, THEY CAN DO AND BE ANYTHING THEY WANT.
I WANT TO BE ON BOARD TO HELP THAT POSITIVE SPIRIT HAPPEN.
Ok, so, this was a speech, however, I think it totally expresses why I think even if you're not an Obama supporter, you should keep the tone positive around young people. If all they ever hear about politics is negative, there's a pretty good chance they'll never aspire to be involved.
If they don't want to be involved where will the next Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama come from?