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Topic: The USA (01/08/09)
TITLE: The Country That Breaks Barriers
By Fay Davidson
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I grew up in the island nation of Jamaica, a predominantly black country, where I knew I could become anything I wanted, and if I did not, the fault most likely lay with me and my decisions or my way of thinking. I also know that blacks have made it to very senior positions in other predominantly white countries. For example, the Governor General of Canada, the nominal head of state and the Queen’s representative, is Michaëlle Jean, a black woman of Haitian descent.
Admittedly, this is a great accomplishment, however, its impact on the world scene and on the much maligned and abused black race is minimal as Canada’s impact on world affairs is, in a sense, borderline.
For the USA to elect Barack Obama as President fully demonstrates its worthiness to be considered the leader of the modern world. It has shown its courage and its ability to break down barriers, to see beyond the surface and select a leader with vision, insight, ability and strength of character, in spite of the colour of his skin. Whether you agree with the choice of Barack Obama as president or not, one cannot deny the dramatic and historic nature of this achievement.
I will also add as an aside that I believe he is God’s choice as the man for the moment. As a black woman I personally see it as a sign that God has seen and taken note of the injustices meted out to blacks for hundreds of years. He has heard our cry and has seen our hurt and our tears, and this promotion is a mark of his vindication. To me God is saying: ‘I have not forgotten you, I have not taken for granted what you as a race of people have gone through – I have not overlooked you or passed you by’
I believe God works within a timetable – his word says there is a time and season for everything and his timing is always perfect. He knew he had to prepare Barack Obama and the rest of America for this moment. And as happened in scripture over and over again, as far as timing goes, the fist major event leading towards this breakthrough came with Martin Luther King Jr and the Civil Rights movement 40 years ago.
The Unites Sates of America is a blessed country. That God has chosen this nation to elevate the black race I believe is a sign of his favour towards this country and an indication that he can still work through America. May God continue to bless America.
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