Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Abraham Lincoln, The US Civil War and the 1960's...

I didn't grow up in the 1960's, but my parents did and I grew up hearing lots about it. Not as much from my parents as just from society at large. Some hated it, others were "part of it". According to my Uncle, if you remember it, you weren't there.

Lots of people, hippies perhaps, thought they were changing the world. Lots of people also derided the hippies of the 1980's who turned in their tie-dye shirts for suits and ties. They called them traitors. I don't know much about that, because, as I said, I didn't grow up in the 1960's.

What I do know is that the Civil Rights movement started in the 1960's. But, the Civil Rights movement could never have happened without the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln and the end of slavery in this country.

Looking back, it all seems so logical now. The Civil War lead us to the Civil Rights movement which lead us to Barack Obama being elected president. Some may say this is good for African Americans, but I say this is good for everyone. Hatred, fear and division brings us all down. Coming as far as we have shows that we can all hold our heads high.

This country has shown that it has come a very long way.

"Rosa Parks sat so Martin Luther King could walk. Martin Luther King walked so Obama could run. Obama's running so we all can fly." -Jay-Z