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What can they do to change their attitude and make the most of their American citizenship? Reader RESPONSES below
We're compiling stories, poems and essays from everyday people to answer the question: WHAT AMERICA MEANS? Join us in this discovery process. Please include your name, address, telephone and email address with your entry that you may email to us, today!
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One question: Why did you return to America, if you love Haiti so much? That can be an essay, in itself. Just let me know when you have time to come by my house. I look forward to it.
#2 - Joan, I think this is a fabulous idea. I am guessing it comes from you! Anyhow, I will think about a couple of themes from that list that I would like to write an essay on and send it to you. Or is it to be sent directly to the site? I'll look it up later.
What are you up to for July 4th? Too bad it is the middle of the week. I am still going to be busy doing something. Anything for a 'Celebration'.....
You know that in our ancestral religion, everyday is a celebration! We celebrate life, our ancestors, our families, our friends, our country, the world, the universe. I am blessed to have been born "Haitian". Though my people in many ways are still in bondage, many are free in their minds and their souls. So, to me, there is nothing more beautiful than the black rural communities of Haiti. This is where I found myself while working i
n the provinces of Haiti, more than 30 years ago. Sometime when we meet again, I'll bring over some photos of some of these provinces for you to see just how beautiful! We'll talk later. Have a blessed day.
Ayibobo, Daniele Vanyan Neges
#1 - I think it is a great idea to involve people into pouring out their heart on paper. There is nothing like expressing yourself through the written word. Spoken words, fly, written words last for always. Direct translation from a famous French philosopher (don't ask me who?)
Anyway, the reason why I think that this is wonderful is that when we think and we write our feelings and our thoughts: something happens! We can move mountains. We can attract negativity, we can do some soul searching while we are thinking before we write (so as not to end up with our feet in our mouth).
One of the biggest problems with the African Diaspora in America and everywhere else in the world: is that often they still have a colonized mind - therefore, a colonized heart. Not all of us have reached enlightenment! I call enlightenment reaching freedom from the domination of the master's ways and his philosophy of "divide & conquer".
Can you tell me whether or not this targets a particular group or is it everyone? I suppose, if we talk about Americans: we mean all Americans! Right?
What are the essays going to be used for? Is there a "Think tank" that is going to analyze the essays and have a paper or e-mails or this site to convey certain observations, suggestions, "modus vivendi" to the community at large?
An answer to these questions, for me, would have to be answered before I would entertain, writing an essay of this depth of thought and conviction.
I hope this helps. Let me know.
Ayibobo, Daniele Mangones Vanyan Neges
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|Written by an Australian Dentist
To Kill an American
You probably missed this in the rush of news, but there was actually a report that someone in Pakistan had published in a newspaper, an offer of a reward to anyone who killed an American, any American. So an Australian dentist wrote an editorial the following day to let everyone know what an American is . So they would know when they found one. (Good one, mate!!!!) 'An American is English, or French, or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish, Polish, Russian or Greek. An American may also be Canadian, Mexican, African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Australian, Iranian, Asian, or Arab, or Pakistani or Afghan. An American may also be a Comanche, Cherokee, Osage, Blackfoot, Navaho, Apache, Seminole or one of the many other tribes known as native Americans. An American is Christian, or he could be Jewish, or Buddhist, or Muslim. In fact, there are more Muslims in America than in Afghanistan. The only difference is that in America they are free to worship as each of them chooses.
An American is also free to believe in no religion. For that he will answer only to God, not to the government, or to armed thugs claiming to speak for the government and for God. An American lives in the most prosperous land in the history of the world. The root of that prosperity can be found in the Declaration of Independence , which recognizes the God given right of each person to the pursuit of happiness. An American is generous. Americans have helped out just about every other nation in the world in their time of need, never asking a thing in return.
When Afghanistan was over-run by the Soviet army 20 years ago, Americans came with arms and supplies to enable the people to win back their country! As of the morning of September 11, Americans had given more than any other nation to the poor in Afghanistan Americans welcome the best of everything...the best products, the best books, the best music, the best food, the best services. But they also welcome the least.
The national symbol of America, The Statue of Liberty, welcomes your tired and your poor, the wretched refuse of your teeming shores, the homeless, tempest tossed. These in fact are the people who built America. Some of them were working in the Twin Towers the morning of September 11 , 2001 earning a better life for their families. It's been told that the World Trade Center victims were from at least 30 different countries, cultures, and first languages, including those that aided and abetted the terrorists. So you can try to kill an American if you must. Hitler did. So did General Tojo, and Stalin, and Mao Tse-Tung, and other blood-thirsty tyrants in the world. But, in doing so you would just be killing yourself because Americans are not a particular people from a particular place. They are the embodiment of the human spirit of freedom. Everyone who holds to that spirit, everywhere, is an American.
There are three documents all citizens of the United States of Americans should know about:
Have you joined these two websites or used them?
FIRST, SEE ALL FORUMS!
FORUM #1 - LET'S GET ALONG! By Joan Cartwright
The Rodney King statement, "Can't we all just get along?", can morph into "Let's get along!" This is a more definite statement. It's not a question but a command to human beings to consider getting along with their fellow humans.
[February 3, 2010, Fort Lauderdale, FL] This morning, in a conversation with my father (90), I conceived this article. He told me that, when he was a child, let's say 10, a boy ran into him with his bicycle, an action that left a memory within my father of the evidence that human beings could not get along with each other for various reasons. He indicated that it wasn't just color, race or creed that put them in conflict with each other, but place of origin. He said the kids from the Bahamas, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and the Carolinas didn't get along with each other. He still wonders why it is this way, even today, that people in the same country, city, territory cannot get along with their neighbors.
Karen L. Anderson, in her article "To The Keepers of the Hearth and Flame" from Life Compass for Women, says it is Esteem that dictates how a relationship will go. "Esteem is how we value ourselves and others," Karen says. She lists six H's of Communication:
Karen's website is www.acts-ionsolutions.com
Scholar, Author, Full Philosophy Professor @ Howard By Leshell Hatley in Education, Philosophy, Scholarly Celebrations The preeminent African American intellectual of his generation, Alain Locke was a professor of philosophy and the leading promoter and interpreter of the artistic and cultural contributions of African Americans to American life. More than anyone else, he familiarized white Americans with the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, while encouraging African American authors to set high artistic standards in their depiction of life. As a professor of philosophy, he expounded his theory of “cultural pluralism” that valued the uniqueness of different styles and values available within a democratic society. More than anyone else, he familiarized white Americans with the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, while encouraging African American authors to set high artistic standards in their depiction of life. (Continue. . . )
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[Ángel Franco/The New York Times] After a week of watching news coverage of the Haiti earthquake, Nadege Fleurimond, a Haitian-American event planner in New York, fired off an e-mail message to about three dozen friends and associates. Though she was moved by the outpouring of help from local Haitians, she was frustrated that the effort had not coalesced into something larger and more visible. “We succeed as individuals, not so much as a community,” said Nadege Fleurimond, a Haitian who immigrated to New York when she was 7 and graduated from Columbia University. (Continue. . .)
Haitians in America: A Shifting Population “No major press conferences, no major vigils, no major anything with a statement,” she wrote. “Nothing being written about us besides the fact that we were sad and shocked.” The problem, she suggested, was that Haitians, for all their history and achievements in New York, had not emerged as a discernible entity, with prominent leaders, a united presence, a public face. The e-mail message provoked a spirited debate in Ms. Fleurimond’s circle. And as the initial shock of the earthquake begins to fade, the disaster has touched off similar discussions among Haitians all over New York.
Does this woman look at CNN? Every time I turn it on, there's the relief effort in Haiti. Is it that she's looking at what's not happening, instead of what is happening?
There needs to be an open dialogue between Americans, African-Americans in particular, Haitians and Haitian-Americans about their relationship, especially in light of the recent disaster in Haiti and the influx of thousands of Haitians into the United States, the State of Florida, in particular.
Are you interested? Respond to this post at firstname.lastname@example.org and let's begin the dialogue until it spills out into the public forum:
Diva JC on March 21, 2010 at 10:52am
|FORUM #2 - COMPASSION FOR HAITI By Joan Cartwright
In light of being retired at home with nothing more to do than donate money, food and clothes to the effort to relieve the people who are effected by Haiti's earthquake, I'm writing this blog to follow some of the developments.Today, I saw that Dr. Karen Schneider was successful in getting a 2 month old baby girl to a Miami hospital after the medical team on the ground in Haiti was able to revive the child found days after the earthquake.
How do you feel about what the Haitian people are experiencing at this time?
Comment by Judy Rodman on January 17, 2010 at 11:55pmHi Diva,
Comment by Diva JC on January 17, 2010 at 12:36am Know that they are ok, no matter what they are experiencing. We are only on this planet for a moment in time.
Comment by Carolyn Fuentes on January 16, 2010 at 9:52pm Yes, I donated some funds towards the drive to help Haiti. Also, one of my son's girlfriends has many relatives over in Haiti and are really worried right now. Truly, I regret and will deeply pray for this tremendous tragedy that has tresspassed its force in Haiti.
Comment by Diva JC on January 16, 2010 at 5:09pm I have donated food and clothing to the drive that is held at my rental office. The woman collecting the items by Sunday, Janaury 17, 2010, has acquired an airplane that will transport the items to Haiti. I will donate money to one of the foundations that are working with the relief effort. I believe we all have something we can give to this effort if only positive thoughts and prayers. Yes, I know many who are working to get relief aid to Haiti.
| FORUM #3 - AMERICANS SAY "STOP THE WAR" By Joan Cartwright
I just wrote to President Obama, asking him to make the CHOICE to STOP THE WAR.
|FORUM #4 - ONLY IN AMERICA! By Joan Cartwright
Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. arrested for disorderly conduct in Massachusetts, while trying to get into the home he has rented. No one is beyond reproach!
| FORUM #5 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA! By Joan Cartwright
A day to celebrate and aspire
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