I used to think I was paranoid. I used to think that maybe this kind of stuff just happened to happen to me and my family and my friends, but not to everyone.
- My dad told me about the racist sergeant he had to put up with in the Air Force.
- My mom told me about how they put her in the class for developmentally delayed kids when she came over from Puerto Rico because her first language was not English.
- I have been denied service in restaurants more times than I have been drunk (4) in my life.
- My brother has been stopped for driving in the wrong, or, excuse me, unexpected, neighborhood.
And now I have seen American Blackout. This film kinda reiterated the systematic disenfranchisement of voter blocks in this country. It focuses on the history of the African American vote, which is only 41 years legal, by the way. Ian Inaba of the Guerilla News Network followed Cynthia McKinney for three years as she gained office in Atlanta's district and lost office and regained it again. She recently lost the primary again after being painted as a crazy conspiracy theorist woman who attacked an officer at the Capitol.
Um...gosh. As if Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 911 wasn't enough fodder to make me upset, here's a film to reiterate the fact that voters are disenfranchised in the United States of America. And it's right before '06 elections which can decide which major political party can dictate for the next couple of years.
I wonder who's doing the film about the Latino vote? the Asian vote? the Native American vote? the Arab/Middle Eastern vote? the African vote? the South Asian vote?
Not to mention the whole which-faith versus no-faith vote?
I pledged allegiance to the flag of the United States of America for so long. And I believe in the Republic for which is stands. I wonder what my next step in preserving this democracy is? I've been working to educate our youth, and that's been touching lives, a few at a time.
I want a critical mass to get pissed and do something.
Then we can all laugh while watching Team America afterwards, this time NOT to console ourselves for how the election turned out.
P.S. Voice update? I sound like Peter Brady or Julia Child, depending on the moment. Cool, right?