There’s an old Negro Spiritual that says, “Poor man Lazarus, sick and disabled said, ‘Dip your finger in the water come and cool my tongue, 'cause I’m tormented in the flame.” I was reminded of that song when I heard the Governor of Georgia say the law will send you to jail for giving someone a drink of water or anything to eat while waiting in line to vote. People are in line waiting to vote because the governor changed the laws to move America backward to 1921, instead of 2021 and suppress the vote to keep blacks and other non-whites from voting.
Today, I dug into my piggy bank and came up with a donation to send to the Georgia NAACP and a few dollars to send to the NEW GEORGIA PROJECT to help with the fight and battle against the new Jim Crow Discrimination. Those of us who can’t join in the marches and the sit-ins in Georgia can send a few dollars to help with the struggle.
Brian Kemp who allegedly beat Stacey Abrams for Governor of Georgia by disposing of thousands of black votes is at it again. Would someone please tell Kemp that slavery is over and we can drink as much water as we can get, and we can vote on either Sunday or Saturday if we want to. He doesn’t own us, and voter suppression won’t stop our progress. It just makes us mad.
Also, Somebody tell Kemp we can buy and drink Pepsi or Dr Pepper, instead of Coke, and I can fly United or American instead of Delta. Under Kemp, the voting Drop Boxes were moved indoors, inside instead of outside where voters can’t vote after five p.m. when people are getting off work. The film industry is affected as are others including the building community, like Home Depot.
People are saying it will hurt the workers at Home Depot, the Airlines, and Soft Drink Industries, if there is a boycott. They said the same thing when there was a Bus Boycott but we sacrificed and did what we had to do and in the end, we made progress during the Civil Rights era. Frederick Douglass said, “There is no Progress without a struggle, it never did, it never will. “As the scriptures say, “at a time such as this” we must do what we have to do.
This week is the anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination. To not follow his example is to say he died in vain. I am also reminded that young Mexicans and Central Americans continue sacrificing their and their children’s lives and health walking miles to get to the promise of American Democracy. Surely we can say to Brian Kemp and the other states' governments we want freedom and the right to vote, and we will sacrifice everything to get it. Just as our ancestors fought Jim Crow and overcame slavery, we will overcome this burden.
It’s hard to believe that this brand of racism is still alive and kicking, just as it was during the Jim Crow period. All that is asked is for everyone to join those who have come forward to speak and act against the new and continuing Jim Crow and discrimination.