September 5, 2008

The Public Forum . . . El Foro Publico

No Respect, No Vote!

I was never too keen on Obama. Pero este fue el final. I don’t know about you, but I will not be humiliated, ignored and kicked in the rear without a good fight or saying something that the other party may not want to hear. Somos uno fuerza politica tremenda. Yet we are once more ignored and taken for granted. Are we expected to come to Obama con el sombrero en las manos. Ya basta! If he is to gain respect, and the necesssary votes to win this election, I call for Obama to be man enough to publicly apologize to the Hispanic Community for his snubbing, taking us for granted, and insulting us because my impression is that he is not convinced that we can make the decisive decision on who will lead this country for the next 4 years. I am not by any stretch of the imagination suggestion that I would give my vote to McCain. I am thinking that I may just have the flu on election day. The window dressing of Hispanics at the convention was just enough to say that, “We did have some Hispanics in our program”. I say we boycott the election if he does not give us the respect that we are entitled. Mi raza, let this message resonate from coast to coast. Pass it on to your friends, family, and those non-Hispanics that saw the same thing we saw and felt.

Bob Muñoz, formerly from Logan Heights
Sparks, Nevada

This is my dream

I was so inspired that I needed to send this email about our possible next president, Senator Barack Obama.

As senator Obama approached the podium to accept his candidacy for president of the USA, my eyes filled with tears, tears of amusement. Here I am sitting on the couch as a witness of a moment in history. A moment that, 45 years ago was a DREAM, A DREAM THAT WAS KILLED, now is real. Senator Obama, is the first African-American that is running an amazing campaign to become the first President of color in the discriminatory history of the USA. 45 years ago, some Americans who believed that the color of the skin was more important than the soul of a human being, killed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was wounded to death but his ideals were alive in many of us who believe that all men and women are created equal regardless of their skin color or race.  I have to say that I have experienced racism and prejudice. I know by experience that there are many people who still believe that color is what matters when it comes to accepting, embracing, and recognizing human value.

When I saw this young, grateful, secure of himself, excellent speaker, not afraid of his humble upbringing Senator Obama, I felt very lucky to be here in this moment of history that seemed would never arrive. I have heard people talking about the little experience that Senator Obama has, but how many of us accepted our first job and had experience? I believe we all learned and mastered our professions by working in our fields. So, will Senator Obama. He has dared to take a challenge intending to win an election in a country that historically has judged people by the color of their skin and not by the “content of their character.” Senator Obama has also listened to workers from different professions and it seems that he has been impacted by the pain these hard working Americans endure.

Senator Obama has also mastered a way of speaking that only comes with great leaders. Around 84,000 people gathered together in Denver to listen and support his candidacy. I among them want to support him and encourage you to end with the pride that separates humans from other human kind.

We need to unite and keep a dream alive; a dream that goes beyond what money can buy; a dream of freedom of our minds and ignorance; a dream that will finally allow us to embrace and accept each other as we are.

Since I became a citizen, this is the first time I feel I belong to this part of America, because I have always lived and considered myself from America.

Karla Paniagua
via email

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