A Conversation In Walmart
edited: Wednesday, November 05, 2008
By La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart
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Posted: Wednesday, November 05, 2008
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A Conversation In Walmart
11/5/2008 7:09:05 AM
IT'S ABOUT TIME
Yes, I do shop at Walmart and I know all the reasons people say you shouldn't shop there. With times as tight as they are I have to be frugal, so I do shop at Walley World.
I was there last night in the pain relief section when I had a conversation with a lovely lady who seemed about my age. She was in a wheelchair. She said she had tried the cheaper generic pain reliever but it just didn't seem to work as well for her arthritis pain. We talked about the value of just a dollar now days. She happened to be Black, I happen to be White. We talked about hard times and hopes for better times. I put my arms around her and said "This is our time."
Tears fell down her cheeks and mine. You know, those tears didn't have any color. Blood is red, hearts beat the same way and can be filled with both fears and hopes and aspirations. They can be divided with hate or united with love and mutual understanding.
Now is our time to defeat the hate and fear, to uphold the understanding and love. I watched Barack Obama's acceptance speech late last night and I couldn't help but cry. I cried because I am hopeful of a better America. I cried because I believe that the very long and painful struggle of African Americans has reached a plateau, a true turning point for equality. Not just legal equality but the equality of mankind, the American ideal that all men are created equal.
In that enormous crowd he spoke to I saw white faces, black faces, all shades different or in between. I saw the look of hope on those faces and tears streaming down cheeks of all colors. Do I think Barack is a messiah? NO, but I do think he is a decent man, a man of intelligence and thoughtfulness. A clear mind and a steady hand and someone who honestly cares about those who have been left out of or are losing the American Dream, the dream of having respect and enough to live self sufficiently. I think he is the type of leader who comes around probably once in a generation and I for one thank God for new leadership.
There is still enormous work ahead of all of us, in every aspect of our country. I believe President Obama will gather around him the brightest minds, the most experienced men and women to help him guide our country back on track and to keep her safe.
There is also a lot of work for us to do toward prejudice and racial distance. This election is just another rung on the ladder to equality. Don't try to tell me race is no longer an issue. I live in the deep South, I mingle with her people. Prejudice and mistrust is on both sides and it needs to end. I was told when I moved here that the Black people here hate White people, I've seen very little of that and on the other hand I've seen a lot of White hatred for Black people.
I was phoned the day before election, even though this person knew I would be voting for Obama, they told me to go buy milk and bread and enough food to last a while because if Obama won, it would no longer be safe for Whites in the streets and if he lost there would be riots. So I went to the store and bought cat food, only because my cat was out of food. However, She is silver white with black strips so I figure she'd be safe even if she needed to go out today!!
I believe if our new President does a good job it will go a long way toward the fulfillment of Dr. King's dream. When you talk to your neighbors or to strangers at Walmart or wherever you shop, say positive things, foster hope and put fear and hate where they belong, in the past.
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|Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath
Applause, applause this is an outstanding and well written presentation. La Belle you have hit the nail right on the head with your "A Conversation In Walmart" this warrants the front page of a newspaper to me.
Yes it was the most emotionally filled speech ever, and it surely seemed to me even The Presidrent was fighting back tears if not actually crying. I too believe he is for the people of all skins, you were right when you say how intermingled the crowd was. I was proud to see how much the audience simply and wholeheartedly embraced him.
Futhermore, I believe he and his family exude inward and outward love towards all. It is a real pleasure and relief at the same time to have the change, not because he is of color because HE IS OF HEART.
Genuine love again prevails, of course all other credentials were met too. Thumbs Up High with this write I simply love it and thank you for sharing your "A Conversation in Walmart."
Blessings as always and take the best of care,
|Reviewed by Elizabeth Price
|Amen. I live in Mo where McCain got 49.5% and Obama got 49.3% of the vote. Less than 6,000 votes for Obama. Yes, Mo is not a Bellweather state but a battleground state. So, yes, though Barack Obama won the election prejudice and fear still is in full swing here. We were blanketed with GOP robo calls that whispered evil and fear and innuendo from republicans the like of who (Guiliani, Ashcroft, Fred Thompson, and various others) bombarded my phone line 8-10 times a day. It was ridiculous. I live in a very red area of the state and yet Obama drew a crowd of over 30,000 when he was here Sat before the election. That is unheard of here for anyone else past or present republican or democrat. We are so hungry for hope here. Yet, knowing he wouldn't win the county I live in he carried it by 46%. That is unheard of also. He has ignited the hopes of the downtrodden hopeless.And yes tears aren't black or white. Thank God for the change to come. Excellent write. Thank you for sharing. Liz|
|Reviewed by Michael Guy
|"Don't try to tell me race is no longer an issue. I live in the deep South, I mingle with her people. Prejudice and mistrust is on both sides and it needs to end. I was told when I moved here that the Black people here hate White people, I've seen very little of that and on the other hand I've seen a lot of White hatred for Black people."
Sadly I have to agree. I've lived in FL for 30+ years off and on and now I'm in the "Real" FL in the "backwoods" - yet in the 2 years I've been here few white rural Floridians have waved to me let alone befriended me even though I try to be outgoing. I was probably only 1 of a few who voted for Obama in my small "bigoted" town. Had I known what its like here, I would have tried harder NOT to move here, though I like the peace and quiet of the country.
Can you imagine what the world would be like if the "white" race had gone through what the American Blacks and Native Americans have gone through historically? There would surely be HELL to Pay and we'd pay!
The American white race needs to GROW UP Globally.
We will either live in a Global world of UNITY or we will soon be extinct...
Sorry for getting on the "soapbox" but your writing was inspiring...
Later, michael guy
|Reviewed by Linda Law
|This is a lovely write....and... it is time for us to be one nation under God...united, with love and care for one another period!!! I am from another generation where the teachings were natural for the times...and I've had to grow with the times, often screaming and kicking...but it is time at last...at last....for ALL OF US TO HAVE A DREAM... this write tells it like it should be.... lindalaw|
|Reviewed by Mr. Ed
|They told me to go buy milk and bread and enough food to last a while because if Obama won, it would no longer be safe for Whites in the streets, and if he lost there would be riots.
How truly sad for these hate mongers and racists among us. All I saw last night was Unity and Joy, among many races, of true Americans. Thank God for that, and I truly hope and pray that it will now last a very long time; we surely need it.
|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
|I'm hopeful for a better America, too, even though I didn't vote for Obama. I just pray ALL will be represented and heard, not just a select few.
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart