We Will Not Demure

Guest Column by Marcia Anderson:

It is my belief that there are more individuals and citizens who truly disagree with President Trump, and the treatment of our fellow citizens of color than is immediately apparent. I am personally appalled at myself for not knowing the degree of fear that every person with black or brown skin feels in this country. It fills me with sadness that they fear the police – whose very mission it is to protect and serve.

I watch television, hear radio interviews and other media sources, and African American after African American explains how they must conduct themselves so they are not shot. I am horrified! I feel as though I have let this happen by my inaction.

I do not dislike Republicans or the Republican Party. In the past, I have disagreed with their platform, but believed we have common goals and fundamental beliefs about our democratic republic. But now, they condone this systemic racism and the undermining of our very government? I truly feel that they are perpetuating racism. Their position is killing our democracy, and it is unsustainable.

So, I pondered, what can I do? How can my voice be heard, even by a few? I thought of the nurses and doctors in New York and Italy fighting the virus. How can my 81-year-old mother, neighbor and others, who are social distancing, raise up their voice and do something, say something! How can we articulate that we do not agree with racism and the murdering of our brothers and sisters of color?

Trump’s rallies give their supporters the false sense that he has broad support, even though he does not. We need to find a way to say, loud and clear to everyone, “NO HE DOES NOT!”

So, at 7 pm on Saturday evening, at the moment Trump’s rally is to begin in Tulsa, I would deeply appreciate it if everyone would join me in reading the poem I’ve attached below. Go out on your porch, stand on your street corner or just read loud and clear from your chair in the living room or wherever you are. We will not demure! Deliver a clear message to the people of America that we do not support the racist and destructive behavior of this administration. We will overcome, if everyone will join in our cause!

Marcia Anderson is a former corporate council and currently an entrepreneur helping small business development.

Photo courtesy of voicesofyouth.com.

Lift Every Voice and Sing

Lift ev’ry voice and sing, Til earth and heaven ring

Ring with harmonies of Liberty

Let our rejoicing rise, High as the list’ning skies

Let it resound loud as the rolling sea

Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us

Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us

Facing the rising sun of our new day begun

Let us march on ‘til victory is won

Stony the road we trod, Bitter the chastening rod

Felt in the days when hope unborn had died

Yet with steady beat, Have not our weary feet

Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?

We have come over a way that the tears have been watered

We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered

Out from the gloomy past, ‘Til now we stand at last

Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast

God of our weary years, God of our silent tears

Thou who has brought us thus far on the way

Thou has by Thy might, Led us into the Light

Keep us forever in the path, we pray

Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee

Lest, our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee

Shadowed beneath Thy hand, May we forever stand

True to our God, True to our native land.

by James Weldon Johnson & J. Rosamond Johnson


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