The last two books I've read have been set during the civil rights movement of the 60's. (Magic Time; Same Kind of Different As Me) And, if you're like me, that's how you learn your history....through fiction with some historical background thrown in. I was a child in the 60's so I didn't think about civil rights....and I certainly didn't sit still for the evening news.
But the civil rights movement has been on my mind lately....I mean really, they had to go in their own door in the back? And drink out of their own water fountain? And schools were segregated? I wasn't even aware of this as a child. You don't know what you don't know. Whoa....
Today being Martin Luther King Day, makes me think about what a brave man Martin must have been to step out like he did and speak up like he did. He certainly was an eloquent speaker. And although he lost his life to the cause, what a difference he made on this earth while here.
And being on the eve of the swearing in of our next president.......I can't help but think of how far our country has come in the last 40 years. All in my lifetime.
I hope that Martin is looking down from above and watching tomorrow.
Having said that I am thinking of civil rights today....it has to go both ways. Our country's laws should protect and provide civil rights....but each citizen should do their part to be a law abiding, self providing citizen.
Now, you readers may want to stop reading now as you may be offended by what I am going to say next.
A word to our new president........Would you please try to reform the welfare system so that babies aren't being born simply to collect another check? How about we pay for 2 kids and then tie the little mommy's tubes? Okay, 3 and an IUD implanted and an IUD check when they pick up their monthly welfare payment? (as seen on a tshirt ....Make Love, Not Babies)
I'm all for civil rights, but these kids don't stand a chance of climbing out and up.....even with all the opportunities this great country provides....if they keep having babies. And don't even get me started on the babies and their chances.
My heart aches for the babies of babies. I know how hard it is to raise children in a safe, warm home with groceries in the pantry........I can't imagine what it would be like to raise children with little to nothing.
I'm not talking color and the only race I'm referring to is the human race.
See what you can do, Obama.