If I didn't post these powerful words two years ago, I should have. But now, two years later, they still resonate just as powerfully.
By the way, just saying, Hasan has a great book: Written Off: How One Man's Journey Through Poverty, Disability and Delinquency is Transforming the Juvenile Justice System.
By A. Hasan Davis
I will kiss my partner good morning,
turn on the hallway lights
then wake my kids for school.
I will return to my unfinished Tuesday work
on behalf of all children and families in America.
My America will not fall into chaos,
even if my candidate did not win the seats of power
I will accept the election of new leaders
As a statement from those who chose to be heard.
But, I will not accept their election as a raging scream
Powerful enough to drown out the voices and rights of all the “other” Americans
Because my America is greater than
The rhetoric of fear that has spewed
Uncorked from all orifice of this political machine.
And my American is stronger than
The identity politics that seek every nook and cranny
Of human difference, hoping to widen the gaps within U.S.
I will choose to walk another mile with people
Who do not look like me.
I will choose to discuss our future potential with people
Who do not talk like me
I will choose to offer an affirming hug or strong supporting hand
To anyone who may have need of them,
Even if they had never imagined we could stand taller together
I will still be an American who grew up in the South
I will still be an American of African descent
I will still be a proud American who has:
Meditated with Buddha,
Fasted with Allah,
Lit candles with Yahweh, and
Prayed with God
And not one time felt
I guess I will keep my own promise of
Making America Greater,
Just like I have done at the break of every other new day
I have been blessed to meet.
I hope you will join me
On this long, worn road