Wednesday, September 24, 2008

It's never too late.

I post this in memory of my grandmothers, the late Mrs. Rosie Mae Mitchell and the ninety-six years young, Mrs. Ilene Wells (who wears her Obama pin proudly). Speaking with the latter, my grandmother constantly speaks of how thankful she is to be alive during this moment. This story on CNN speaks to the historic nature of this election. I urge those who see anyone wearing one of those jackleg Obama shirts (i.e. shirts bought from the flea market, corner store, etc.) to ask that person(s) are they registered to vote. We must not allow time and opportunity, or the self-defeating attitudes outlined in the so called "Willie Lynch" letter to keep us from the polling places.

We must remember Frederick Douglass' words, "Power concedes nothing without a demand, it never has and it never will."


Tiffany said...

Thanks for sharing this. It was inspiring to see her story. My own grandmother is also very excited about this election.

Also, I enjoyed reading what you said about people wearing generic Obama shirts. My mother uses the word "jackleg" from time to time to describe trifling handymen who don't know what they're doing, but this is the first time I've ever seen it in print, and it's just as funny.

negrointellectual said...


Glad you can appreciate "jackleg" I've grown up with it in reference largely to less than qualified ministers who could use a few classes at the seminary or any place for that matter.

However, you can expand that meaning to anything that is counterfeit or less than quality(as you mother has). That is the Ebonics lesson for today.

Why can I see Eddie Murphy doing his famous SNL skit "Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood," saying, "Children can you say "jackleg"? I knew you could."

Glad you enjoyed the post.

the uppity negro said...

Let's add jackleg preachers to the mix as well because foolishness aboundeth EVERYWHERE.

All of the old people in my family are dead, about the last elder in my family of any close significance died in 1999. I'd be very interested to see what they're take on it was. I mean my mother had an older cousin who proclaimed back in the 80's that "I aint no Af'ican" and it'd be interesting to see just how'd she react to seeing a Barack Obama in the place that is now.

I grew up with that quote on the wall in my house and I saw it every day. Douglass goes on to say "Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress."

I've always wondered what our limits are as black people iin this country. We've taken a lotta BS and we still are. I'm still waiting to see just how are we going to resist--our words have fallen bankrupt since Congress passed the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Act. As a people, that's about the last thing of national note that we've accomplished that 100% shifted the character of this nation.

I'm not even sure if we can wholly claim Obama's presidential run. We didn't even get behind him during the primaries until we saw that white folk didn't mind electing him in Iowa.

Veronica said...

My grandmother just recently passed away this summer in late July. This is one of the things that I was hoping for my grandparents to see. I wanted them to be able to finally vote for a black man and possibly see one elected. (I still have my grandfather who she left behind when she went on to glory.)

Definitely in tribute to the late Catherine Crudup and of course my other grandparents/other relatives who have gone before her...


We (black people) are not defeated! My favorite quote by Marcus Garvey, "If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life."
(okay now my comment has turned into a slogan/ad)

Much love and respect

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