It is always good to return home, no matter what the occasion. I had that experience last weekend. The occasion was to attend the burial service of my older sister, Edith Jewel Hopkins-Sims. Also, it was the weekend that America came home to normalcy and elected its first black, first female Vice President, Kamala Harris. In effect, I saw a loss and a gain. It brought to my mind what my mother used to say, “Some die so others may live.” My sister passed on, leaving her two daughters to carry on the teachings of my sister. In American politics, old politicians leave as younger politicians are voted in.
On the issue of the current Presidency, what will President Biden do to help the American dream live? we can now truthfully tell our children that we as a country have elected a black President and a black Vice President of the United States, and they have them both as role models, and they can become role models too. Letitia James, reminded us of an old saying that goes, “You can’t be what you can’t see.” Kamala is an inspiration to little black girls, and all little girls, who can at her as their role model.
With regard to the family burial, I will make two points. I truly believe everybody needs a church family in addition to a biological family. A church family can help plan a distinguished, prideful funeral or memorial service after a death. Likewise, they can assist with planning a proud distinguished wedding service. A church family can provide biblical training in ceremonials.
Black America is proud of Kamala Harris. She’s a proud Black Woman of Indian descent. She’s a proud Black College graduate and a proud Alpha Kappa Alpha (black sorority) member. She comes highly qualified. She’s the black lady who headed the Attorney General Office of California and the second only black female to United States Senator representing California. Regarding Americans voting for president in this election, I think of the question someone asked, “What were they voting for when they voted for Trump?”
It is good to see the many young black people come out and congratulate Vice President Elect, Kamala Harris. Their appearance tells us that black people are accomplished, they are smart, and most important, they are numerous, and they are the future. Kamala reminds us that black women live in a country of possibilities. A few examples are, Joy Reid (TV anchor/commentator), Alexi McCammond (writer/commentator), Lisa Leslie (head coach for Triplets), April Ryan (writer/commentator), Yamiche Alcindor (writer/commentator), Stacey Abrams (Political activist/organizer), Lori Lightfoot (Mayor, Chicago), Keisha Lance Bottoms (Mayor, Atlanta), Maxine Waters (Congresswoman), Ayanna Pressley (Congresswoman), Ilhan Omar (Congresswoman), Patrice Harris, MD. (president American Medical Association), London Breed (Mayor, San Francisco), Muriel Bowser (Mayor, Washington DC), Letitia James (N.Y. Attorney General). The loser in the presidential contest pretend to not have legitimately lost, but he has.
My heart is broken at the loss of my sister. The cause of my sister’s loss of her life remains a mystery to me.
Explanations are not clear. Sooner or later I’m hoping the truth will come out. It is important to expose the truth because that is part of the learning process.
On the other hand, I’m thrilled by the outcome of the political contest as it represents future progress for which we have paid a price. For now, we can accept the reward and be at peace. I pray it will last a long time.