Brave New Voices – An Illustration of our Youth Waking Up

by Lisa Hussein

I have had the privilege of visiting South Africa.  While there I made a documentary and my question to all of the young people that I interviewed was this: “if you had one wish that would come true, what would it be?”  One young man, about the age of 20 at the time said, “I wish that we black people could change the way we think about ourselves”.

The other day, I was talking to an African American woman in her forties.  I’ve known her for awhile, but not known her well.  We ended up talking about the president and she said, “I don’t trust him”.  I asked her why not.  She went on to say that she didn’t trust any politician, not Romney either.  Okay, but I wanted more specifics about President Obama.  The FIRST specific that she gave me was…she wasn’t sure that he was born in America!!!! That’s right. I kid you not.  An African American would have to be in full flight from the realities of racism in this country to believe for one second that an African American could even think about running for president without every stone being unturned in a vetting process that would make Hoover seem tame by comparison. (see Herman Cain)  This woman actually thought that an African American man could wield that type of power – so that a Republican Governor would put his reputation on the line protecting then Senator Obama.  I’m still not clear on how the governor would gain by doing that – but let’s not let logic get in the way of some good old fashioned denial.

Here are some young ladies who have their eyes wide open to the realities of living in America while being black.

 

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