did I open a can of worms and push some intense buttons when I posted a message on a
women's business networking site on election day (prior to the voting
The initial replies to my post
were appreciative and supportive, but suddenly there were some very
caustic replies and it was obvious that those readers just didn't "get
it" — the intention of my message,
that is. My post was NOT intended
to be a political one. However, it soon took on a life of its own and
turned into a political thread
with lots of crossfire. Please understand that I was not involved in the
crossfire — I did
however return to the thread to post two more messages in an attempt to
peace to the thread and to further clarify my initial meaning.
I cannot help but wonder if you, my reader, will "get it" and
understand the true source of my pride.
Without further ado, below is my initial post followed by the ones I
posted in reply to the offended readers. It's not necessary to include
their posts here...I'll just let you intuit what I was
responding to. But
the purpose of this article is for you to hopefully perceive the value
I intended, without any political provocation...
election results, 2008...
Am So Proud to Be an American Tonight
am so proud of Americans and this country tonight.
It's not about the winner of this historical election.
I am proud because it has been just a mere 145 years since Lincoln
issued the Emancipation
Proclamation and 143 years since the
Constitution abolished slavery. And in that short span of time, the
citizens of this country have put aside racism and its traumatic
consequences and have evolved to the point of considering, nominating
and potentionally electing an African American to be President of this
I am certainly not an historian, but I doubt that such a quantum leap
in consciousness has ever taken place in the same short duration of time in
Even as late as the 50s and 60s a mindset remained and atrocities
experienced that would have precluded a black from becoming the U.S.
I am proud of Americans tonight.
Whether or not Obama wins the Presidency, African American children
have just entered an entirely new world of opportunity and will grow up
in a much greater society and world than their parents did.
I am proud of Americans tonight.
My Reply #1
Please don't distort my statements. I never wrote "145 years of
I suggest you read more carefully.
Your statements would appear to mean that you would prefer to live in a
time when blacks had no freedom or opportunity in this country. When
blacks and whites could not share a restroom or even a restaurant or a
white child could not bring her black friend into her home. Or lynching
and attacks were commonplace.
Is that what you would prefer to the consciousness of our country at
You can focus on the cup half full or the cup half empty. Perhaps if
you lived in those past times, you would better understand the point.
It's not about the politics. It's about our nation's willingness to
overcome faulty conditioning and beliefs. The election was just the
avenue of expression — and impact.
Speaking of which, I just heard that Nostradamus predicted this
election 400 years ago.
I am still proud to be an American tonight.
My Reply #2
Interesting how all of you turned this into a political thread when it
intended to be.
My sentiments were spiritually based, not policitically based. I think
I am reasonably articulate. And I'm truly surprised that it was
misinterpreted by some of the most intelligent women I know.
But yes, I understand emotions may be sensitive at this time.
I posted my thoughts BEFORE it became obvious that Obama was going to
win. I was not embracing the question of whether he was the right
or the right president.
My pride had nothing to do with whether Obama was the right man for the
job — although he may be and that
will be revealed to us in time.
I thought I was articulate enough to get the point across that I was
amazed at the short span of time, historically speaking —
the shortest span of time in history — that such a shift in
consciousness had occurred that would even place such a candidate in
the running. And he was in the running because of that incredible shift
in consciousness by the masses in what I consider to be an
extraordinarily short period of time.
Extraordinary indeed. I have lived almost half that time period.
The shift I refer to certainly has nothing to do with whether Obama is
and part black.
Would the KKK have cared a few decades ago whether the target of their
attack was part white? Would a part white who looked like Obama be
allowed to enter a "Whites Only" establishment? Would a marriage
between a white woman and a man with Obama's heritage and appearance
been overlooked as interracial?
Perhaps my own emotions may be sensitive at this time, but in a
different arena. Perhaps I watched way too many episodes of Anyday
Now — the fantastic TV series
about two best female friends
black and one white — who grew up together. The
program took place in
modern times, but in each episode there were flashbacks to when they
were young girls. Relived were the historic situations going on around
how it affected their relationships and family interractions. An
amazing eye-opening series.
Perhaps I am just too enamored with Abraham Lincoln and his spiritual
of humanity and our equality.
Maybe it's my belief in the idea that we are spiritual beings
human experience instead of physical beings having a spiritual
experience. And of course my very silly belief that human beings are
and decent and compassionate prevents me from understanding how
historical injustices could ever take place in the first place (whether
it's in the form of prejudice, slavery, dictatorship or whatever).
So yes, I may be having an emotionally sensitive moment myself.
But at least it's authentic and I am proud. That's not to say I was not
proud to be an American before — I have always felt tremendous
gratitude for being a citizen of this country despite its warts. I
could have been born in Germany and being a Jew had a far different
But my mind and heart have a special feeling for the overcoming of a
tremendous spiritual hurdle that this election represented.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it. :-)
Do you understand the
relationship of my message
to spiritual law and
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Copyright 2008 Marilyn Jenett, Feel Free to Prosper
Jenett, an accomplished business owner in the corporate arena, founded
the Feel Free to Prosper program to mentor and teach others to become
aligned with Universal laws and accept their right to prosper. For more
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