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Is ‘Barack the Vote’ falling on Deaf Ears?

By: Tamika L. Morrison

If you’re a subscriber to the email campaign Paid for by Organizing for America, then you’ve seen email’s titled “Chip in what you can” to “President Obama on the line” and they are coming in from everyone including the President and First Lady themselves.  Not only that, but for me, I’m getting at least two or three of the same email within ten minutes of each other at least three times each – which is a little annoying, but I get it.  It all feels a little desperate and one has to wonder if the “Yes We Can” phenomenon has run its course and is falling on deaf ears?

I’ll admit, I’m on the fence and not sure if I’m encouraged to go out to the polls – a disgrace some are thinking and I’ll admit, I also feel like it’s a slap in the face of Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks and all the other great leaders of the Civil Rights era.  With my bank account on a slow and fast drain and the economy not producing job interest or putting income in the market, I can’t help but consume myself with odd and end jobs to supplement my ‘in the meantime’.  Quite honestly, it’s not fitting in my time management zone.  Besides, I don’t even know what the heck the Democrats are promising or committing to doing outside of being lazy and resting on their laurels with a bunch of loud talk.  I don’t know…is it me or is ‘Barack the Vote’ falling on death ears…

Last week on TWS Media’s The Greenlight Project, we got into a timely discussion about the upcoming political campaigns and the importance to get out and vote as we talked with special guest, Carmen Dixon Rosenzweig, the creator of the influential blog AllAboutRace.com, one of the first blogs to facilitate cross-cultural and intra-cultural communication and social justice activism using digital technology. During the conversation, we talked about the lack of participation in the mid-term elections and why it’s imperative Democrats commit to voting to make an impact.  Let’s not forget, we did an amazing thing in 2008 by electing President Obama in the first place.  I believe he needs us more now with the emergence of racial hatred, racial hate groups such as The Tea Party and the Republicans unyielding criticism down to how he yawn’s when it’s captured in picture.  Are you kidding me?  Unfortunately not…

Here’s what we need to consider: While the President’s name is not on the ballot, his long-term vision and policies are.  According to AOL’s Black Voices column “White House: Every Vote Counts” dated October 26th writer Allison Monyei reminds us, “Voting in the midterm elections is just as important as voting in presidential elections. Midterm elections decide whether a president’s agenda will be enforced. Unfortunately, midterm elections typically have less voter turnout due to ignorance about how our political system works. In order for the agenda of President Obama to advance, he needs like-minded individuals in Congress to effectively translate his policies into legislation.”

It’s been proven, knowledge is power.  There’s strength in numbers – let’s not let Barack’s pleas and those of the White House fall on deaf ears – who knows if we’ll ever experience another time of political diversity in America.  Even though I’ll have to put a halt on my side hustle job search, I must commit to “Barack-ing the Vote” because at the rate of things, I can’t afford another Republican rule in my lifetime.

The Greenlight Project Honors A Legacy of Inspiration Special Mother’s Day Edition

Join us live on Friday, May 7th as The Greenlight Project talks with retired teacher, historian wise counselor and inspirational author, Mary Anna Neal Bradley of Charlotte, North Carolina.   In her former career, Mrs. Bradley taught 35 years in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg County school district (North Carolina). She spent 2 years in regular education and 33 years in special education and has a wealth of experience in dealing with educational challenges today’s youth face.

She’s an expert social counselor and understands the complex and fragile state of today’s delicate families. In her experience she has been taught and has proven that love really does cover a multitude of sins. She’s discovered compassion is the best medicine for almost all human situations and that with the proper dose of discipline, love and wisdom there is hope for anyone, man, woman and child. She lives in her native home of Charlotte, North Carolina busy working on her second title. She’s an avid reader and ardent writer and dabbles in writing mini-biographical sketches with her business partner at InSight Creations.

Mrs. Bradley has always had a gift with words and has a natural talent to encourage and inspire those around her. After retirement, she organized her collection of poetry, prose and prayers into book form, hence her debut title, “A Legacy of Inspiration”. It was during moments of personal pains, joys and triumphs shared in confidence with her from those closest to her that she penned this timeless collection.

Mrs. Bradley was an activist in the Civil Right’s Movement, namely, the infamous lunch countersit-in that started in Greensboro, North Carolina and spread to Charlotte at Johnson C. Smith University, which was led by Charles Jones. She’s married 41 years to husband Rich, has two sons and four grandchildren.