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Written in Chengdu, China on Nov. 3, 2008
(Transcript of handwritten text)
My fellow Americans, the moment of truth is here. America needs your vote to move forward with much-needed change. Barack Obama is that change. To my fellow Americans who feel that they just can’t vote for a black man, the great grandson of former slaves, I want you to know that I am emphatic, sympathetic and commiserate with your plight. I understand very well that after more than three centuries of being taught, conditioned and indoctrinated to hate the black man as your inferior, it is unrealistic to think that now you can just change to respect him. That’s easier said than done.
Try to think of your children and their children and a better life for them. Try to think of your beloved country America and what’s best for Miss Liberty. Then try not to think of Barack Obama as a black man but as an American fighting for what’s best for your children and your country. Barack Obama is in it to win it. He can’t give in, he can’t give up and he can’t quit. He’s fighting for a better America—black and white alike.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently said Barack has skinny legs. He may have skinny legs, but he has Nike Freedom Shoes on his feet.
What time is it? America’s time! What time is it? Globalization time! America needs change. Who will be the best to lead that change? Without question it is Barack Obama. If Barack Obama was white, it would be a landslide win in this election.
The issues are firmly planted in the minds of the American people: the economy, jobs, health care, education, national security, improving America’s image around the world. The all-commanding question is, “Can Americans elect an African American to the lead us and the free world???
That question is synonymous with America’s Liberty Bell—the bell of liberty, that is—ringing around the world.
Comes a time when custom and tradition has grown to a new level of elevation and progress. Let freedom ring. Barack Obama, from every hill, every dell, every nook and cranny of America, let freedom ring throughout every state, every city and every ghetto of this great land. Supported by innovative and imaginative thinking is an idea whose time has come.
Remember Iowa. America is ready to accept its challenge, “One land indivisible with liberty and justice for all,” and fulfill its promise. “We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal.”
History has taught us that when you cover up an unassailable truth rather than face a clear, undeniable reality, the result is chaos, bigotry, bias, prejudice and divisiveness.
I love America…. And I love the American people, black and white alike. When I began my second career, I realized and appreciated the fact that people were my most important asset. Innovation and imagination were my tools, a better America was my goal, and I believed that people are beautiful. So let’s come together with unity, solidarity and togetherness.
I began my second career by helping a hospital, Forrest City Hospital, which served the black community of Cleveland, Ohio. Devastated by racial segregation and discrimination, “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali came to Cleveland and performed a boxing exhibition spotlighting the plight of that healing organization.
The event led to my going to Africa to stage “The Rumble in the Jungle” in Kinshasa, Zaire, in 1974. Even though I had signed the two most famous athletes in the world, racism prevented me from staging the event in my beloved homeland of America. So, due to the disease of the mind called racism, I met Mubuto Sese Seko, President of Zaire, and that is where this seminal event was staged.
I am proud to be an American, and I never thought that I would live to see the day that a black man could run for the Presidency of the United States of America and have his campaign taken seriously, endorsed and supported by the major Democratic party—but more important, supported by the American people, black and white alike. Demonstrating peaceful co-existence, tolerance and acceptance: America The Beautiful!!!
Peaceful co-existence means we must love each other. We must trust each other. We must respect each other. We must work with each other. And we must perform with each other.
Tolerance, consciously or unconsciously, we must believe somehow or in some form the moral universe is on the side of justice. We must come to believe as Martin Luther King Jr. stated, “I can’t be what we ought to be until you can be what you ought to be. And you can’t be what you ought to be until I can be what I ought to be.”
We are caught up in an inescapable network of mutuality. What effects one directly, effects all indirectly. We must eradicate the slave master mentality (capitalism without rights). It is unjust. There is something in the universe that evolves for justice. Martin Luther King Jr. called it “cosmic companionship.”
The world is watching American history in the making, live and in living color. Should Barack Obama be elected President of the United States, America and the world will never be the same again. That New Jerusalem that John saw on the island of Patmos will be transformed to America. A New America transformed from a land of hypocrisy, bigotry, discrimination and divisiveness to an oasis of unity, liberty and freedom. We will enjoy a new respect for the human personality and a divine love for humanity.
We have a great opportunity here in America. An opportunity to build a great nation. A nation where all people, men and women, black and white, Catholic and Protestant, Jew and gentile, Latin and Asian, Chinese and Japanese, live together as brothers and sisters, families and friends, with God at the center blessing us, guiding us to respect the dignity and worth of all human beings.
It’s America’s time. America is on the move and there’s not stopping her now. Change. Change that we need. Barack Obama.
“Civil Rights is an eternal moral issue which may well determine the destiny of our civilization in the ideological struggle with communism. We must we must keep moving with wise restraint
and love and with proper discipline and dignity.”
—Marin Luther King Jr.
America has the opportunity to lead the world with love, respect, tolerance and understanding—reducing hatred and minimizing wars.
Barack Obama can make a difference. Peace, freedom from war, a cessation or absence of hostilities between nations. Prevention is better than cure.
The peace established during and after war means: stopping of killing openly, the stopping of the arms, automatic weaponry, bombs, nuclear weapons, weapons of mass destruction. No more fighting each other, under the terms and conditions of the peace agreement.
But, we must remember, that it doesn’t end attitudinal hate. Hate of the adversary, who you have been taught and conditioned to hate. The hurt, scars wounds and deaths of loved ones, love of country and commitment to the cause for which you were fighting, which you mentally and psychologically fed off of must be dealt with in the continuing battle against hate and any bigotry and racism that you believed while in the relentless pursuit of your goal.
Freedom. It is easier said than done; however we must keep the faith, believe in God, and ask him to free your mind and touch your heart.
And for those Americans, who just can’t fathom voting for an African American, when you go into the voting booth, ask God to help you to pretend that Barack Obama is white!!!!