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I am NOT an “African-” American Mark Robinson at BLEXIT Greenville

One of the finest speeches you will hear in this or any other year. His ancestors came via the Middle Passage. Mine came via the Massachusetts Bay Colony. It’s almost four centuries later and we are, now, all Americans. It’s time to retire the hyphen.

HT: Abigail Adams

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  • John Venlet September 15, 2020, 1:40 PM

    Robinson speaks like a preacher, and speaks a truth about being an American, non-hyphenated. With that said, I think it would be more honorable for Robinson to be a Christian witness, of the likes of Billy Graham, rather than a politician, as politics in this the 21st century is a most dishonorable vocation.

  • James ONeil September 15, 2020, 1:52 PM

    Good on yer, Gerard!

  • AbigailAdams September 15, 2020, 2:24 PM

    @John Velnet — Maybe we need to raise our expectations of politicians.

  • Terry September 15, 2020, 7:14 PM

    To raise our expectations of politicians may result in an even deeper disdain for the occupation. The argument there would be, how much lower can politicians sink into the muck.

    There are a few exceptions I suppose.

  • John Venlet September 16, 2020, 5:47 AM

    Abigail, if by raising our expectations of politicians you mean electing representatives of the likes of Donald J. Trump, who actually is attempting to rein in government control of American lives, and as such is not a politician, then yes. Unfortunately, most individuals aspiring to political office are not interested in reining in the overreach of the state into individual lives. Rather, than are interested only in obtaining individuals’ votes, by promising them something obtained from the pockets of other citizens whose votes they do not need to obtain or retain a seat of power.

  • SteveS September 21, 2020, 2:31 PM

    John, yes Mark speaks truth about being American. This is precisely why his voice needs to be heard in the political arena. Speaking the truth as a black man politically has the potential to sway hearts and minds across the aisle. As a purely religious leader I feel it would be too easy to dismiss him. Wouldn’t his words be better heard in the political realm? That said, we need a spiritual revival in our country, big time.