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Anti-War and Civil Rights Movements in Jeopardy

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I am proud that this nation has made some degree of change with the election of President Elect Barack Obama but I also have some growing concerns about the anti-war movement and civil rights movements. I cannot help but feel that the election of President Obama will somehow smother or distract people away from these causes and this might be intentional which is why we have to be diligent, alert and active more now than ever.

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Just because there is an African American in the highest office of the land does not mean the civil rights movement should shut up shop. It is incumbent of the civil rights movement to hold President Barack Obama to his mandate and stay on him like a hawk ensuring he delivers on his promise of hope to the American people. Young African Americans today are more intelligent and political savvy they came out in large numbers to support Barack Obama they will not be easily fooled into a deep slumber as many older African Americans have been during democrat years. If the civil rights movement goes into a slumber during these coming years and does not hold Obama to the fire they are inviting their own doom because young people will abandon them. The Black Caucus is another group whose future is at stake during these coming Obama years if they allow themselves to be co-opted and compromised as they have in the past.

If the Civil Rights Movement will not stand up and speak out we will see more young African Americans move to the black nationalist movements which will gladly welcome the new energy. The black nationalist will not be so kind or forgiving to Obama, many are already up in arms over his selection of Chief of Staff. A silent storm is brewing in this country, above ground we see the joy and celebrations of November 5th but below are the rumblings of something darkly sinister filled with anger, hate and separatist rants. President Barack Obama has the power to either take this nation to higher ground or to send into the depths of hell through his actions. Whether we realize it, we are a nation treading on thin ice at this time. One false step can send us crashing down.

I cannot tell you the good feeling I had while protesting the inauguration of George W. Bush in his second term, standing in a sea of fellow protestors I felt accomplishment even though he went on to further wreck the nation but at least I stood up. With the election of President Barack Obama there is a likelihood that activist focus will be taken off of the anti-war movement and peace movement to monitor what kind of puppy will be selected for the Whitehouse. I have a feeling that whether Barack Obama knows it or not, he has the potential to become a distraction as people let their guard down. The anti-war movement, like the civil rights movement. must not allow itself to be lulled to sleep. As long as we have soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, President Barack is fair game for protest.

The election of President Barack Obama has changed the dynamics of many things and it is wise during this time to do contingency planning at all levels of movements. I know that by the year 2013 things will get very nasty in this country the divisions will become deeper and people will start to act out of desperation and emotion. Yes it is a blessing that America has elected it's first African American President but with that choice comes many other things not yet planned for.

This is definitely a new age but I encourage all not to drop the ball, don't put up your bull horns and let your voice be heard. President Barack Obama has to make a big decision in this first year of his term he can either do the bidding of his puppet masters or he can listen to the American people and do what is good for this country. If he allows his strings to be pulled he will be faced with a nation on fire, if he listens to the American people he is in danger but the will of God will be with the people and I have no doubt will see him through safely.


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