I hope that you are excited as I am about Senator Barack Obama's recent election to the Presidency of the United States of America.

I am sure that you have received emails and text messages poking fun at McCain supporters or joking about the obvious cultural shift that is about to take place in the White House...and while some may be on point, some are (no matter how "humorous") dangerous. Our country is in flux.. We are in the midst of one of the most significant events in our nation's history and how WE carry ourselves is more important than ever before.

We cannot allow our President-elect to be made a mockery of, especially by his own people. Not only does he represent everything that is great about our nation; Barack Obama literally personifies how awesome we are as a people. His wisdom, his poise, his eloquence, his fortitude, even his swagger...illustrate the greatness of a people who have been dismissed, discarded, discouraged, and disregarded by not only "the majority", but also by our own.

It is funny how we can't stand Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, or Bill O'Reilly for their condescending and surreptitious attacks on Obama; but we email and text blast everyone from the 'hood about "free BBQ on The White House lawn" and messages of the like... Let's be real, it is the same song, just a different band...

So, today, I personally implore you...when you get the stereotypical, shuck and jive, hee-haw emails or texts about our President-elect. ..even when they make you smile or chuckle...think of how much pleasure that some ignorant, hate-filled racist would get from that message...and then, remember the sacrifices that were made so that this is even possible...

I dare you...forward THIS message, like the ones about fried chicken, basketball, and red Kool-Aid and pimped-out Presidential vehicles in the White House.

Challenge everyone you know to stop making a mockery of our President-elect, Our country and our people...
This is our time...
So let's rise to it.

Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre
National President
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

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Comment by T.L. Hawkins on March 11, 2009 at 12:18pm
Dr Potuyt you are absolutely RIGHT!
Comment by T.L. Hawkins on January 20, 2009 at 12:34pm
My point exactly. Instead of being conformed with the world and joining in on the madness with the racial jokes and all..we should be and NEED to be PRAYERFUL! Obama needs COVERING.
Comment by Eric Hancock on January 19, 2009 at 7:04pm
Well it is common for everyone to joke but the biggest joke just left the whitehouse,,people know that Bush was not right and the part that makes my blood boil is white people support each other even when they're wrong but not us,,we should be praying and NOT PUTTING ANY PRESSURE ON OBAMA,,people want to see him fail,,we have assure ourselves that it wont be us..I am looking for graet things in the next 8 years

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