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Race in the 2008 Election

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The racial hatred being promoted by Sarah Palin and the McCain campaign deserves comment.  I have experienced this type of hatred on a very personal level.  I am the youngest daughter of Viola Gregg Liuzzo, who was murdered by the KKK AND a paid FBI informant on March 25th, 1965 while participating in the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march.

I find it appalling that someone who wants to lead our country would lower themselves to incite racial violence in an attempt to win a political campaign.  Racism has been an ugly and shameful part of our country's history.  We need to work together to heal the wounds racism has caused--not bring us backwards in our fight.

I also find it appalling that people in the McCain campaign are spreading rumors insinuating Barack Obama is of Arab decent, as if that in itself is a crime.  Being from Detroit Michigan, I grew up in an area with a huge Arabic population.  The Arab Americans that I have had contact with are decent people who love this country.  They were devastated by the events of 09-11-2001 as proud Arab Americans.  It is not right to condemn an entire group of people due to the actions of a few. 

I saw Barack for the first time two or three years ago while he was promoting his book.  This was long before his campaign for the presidency was announced.  I remember thinking, "Who is this man?  He is amazing!"  There are not enough words to express how I feel about both Barack and Michelle Obama.  If anyone can help heal race relations in this country, they can.

This campaign has been an emotional roller coaster for me.  It has validated for me everything that my mother taught me.  Although it has been 43 years since her death, the pain is still there.  I still struggle with trying to keep my emotions under control.  My mother's murder has never gotten much easier for me to talk about.  As much as I miss her, I would not change a thing.  I am so proud of her and the sacrifice she made for her fellow man.  She taught me more in the six short years we were together, than many parents teach their children in a lifetime. She taught me to choose my friends by their character, not by their appearance or status.  I have three children, my 19 year old twin daughters were born the same day my mother was killed, March 25th, twenty-four years later.  She left a legacy that my family is passing on to our children.  Hopefully in some small way, we can make this planet a better place for all of us.

Let us promote positive race relations instead of hate speech, especially in a presidential campaign.

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My name is Sally Liuzzo-Prado. I am the youngest daughter of Viola Gregg Liuzzo who was a civil rights worker murdered by the KKK and a paid FBI informant in 1965. My mother was participating in the historic Selma to Montgomery voting rights march (more...)

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