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I received this e-mail from a trusted friend (former state Supreme Court executive) and unsuccessfully tried to identify the author.  No matter.  It really stands on its own for its sentiment.  I found it powerful and simplistic.  Often things need nothing more.  (NB - I tweaked the punctuation.)

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Just Because He's Black (author unknown):

A white man asked his black friend, "Are you going to vote for Barack Obama just because he's black?" The black man responded by saying, "Why not?”

“Hell, in this country men are pulled over every day just because they are black, passed over for promotions just because they are black, considered to be criminals just because they are black.”

“Thousands of white voters won't be voting for him just because he is black!  However, you don't seem to have a problem with any of that!”

“This country was built with the sweat and tears of black slaves and now a black man has a chance to lead the same country where we weren't even considered people, allowed to be educated, drink from the same fountains, eat in the same restaurants, or even vote.”

“So, yes, I am going to vote for him!   But it's not just because he's black, but because, through his leadership, several of America’s most elusive enemies were brought to justice; our economy, health and environment improved and our good reputation around the world has been restored.  He is hope.  He is change.  He is wise.  He is a man of integrity and intelligence.  He is a man of faith and perseverance, a man of maturity and good judgment.  He is a faithful husband and father.”

“And he now allows me to understand when my grandchildren say they want to be President when they grow up, it is not a fairy tale but a short term goal.  They now see, understand and know that they can achieve, withstand, and do ANYTHING that they can dream for themselves.”

“So, no, I am not voting for him because he is black... I'm voting for him because "I'm Black!"

Originally posted to john07801 on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 06:42 PM PST.

Also republished by Black Kos community, Barriers and Bridges, and SFKossacks.

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