Reconstructing Democracy

Notes from history unfolding, Sept. 9., 2020

Democracy
by Langston Hughes

Democracy will not come
Today, this year
Nor ever
Through compromise and fear.
I have as much right
As the other fellow has
To stand
On my two feet
And own the land.
I tire so of hearing people say,
Let things take their course.
Tomorrow is another day.
I do not need my freedom when I’m dead.
I cannot live on tomorrow’s bread.
Freedom
Is a strong seed
Planted
In a great need.
I live here, too.
I want freedom
Just as you.

VOTE:

ELECTION 2020 RESOURCES

The New Reconstruction: The United States has its best opportunity in 150 years to belatedly fulfill its promise as a multiracial democracy.

Black Lives Matter:

Photo source: https://unsplash.com/@mana5280

Black lives are significant. Black voices are important. Black men are precious. Black women are worthy. Black children are sacred. Black families are sanctified. Black communities are divine. Black history is holy. Black wealth (& reparations) is Deserved. Black art is awe- inspiring. Black elders are miraculous. Black wisdom is respected. Black literature is beloved. Black LGBTQ are cherished. Black people are human.

Please try to remember that what they believe, as well as what they do and cause you to endure does not testify to your inferiority but to their inhumanity

James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time