I was quite happy to have a previous thread here “hijacked” (his word, not mine) by Rob Harvie, a frequent commenter from the right-wing, conservative/libertarian side of the aisle, to promote the following video featuring the oration of a young man named Johnathon McCoy who is striving to eliminate the N-word from our social and political discourse. It’s incredibly moving and powerful speech. I’ll freely admit that it brought me to tears. Oh, and he’s just 10 yrs. old, which makes it all the more compelling.
You can find out more about this incredible young man via the Huffington Post that has links and such to his petition movement, etc.
I’m kind of speechless after watching it other than to say that it was very inspirational. Some cynical people dismiss hope and optimism, aspiration for a better world and so on as nothing but facile, naïve or foolish ideas, but it’s moments like this, listening to that moving bit of oration that perhaps remind us that we can aim higher and really do better in our own small ways and means; acting in a manner as great as our thoughts and so on (I believe something to that effect was posted on the local church signboard this morning).
And no, that’s not just me dovetailing with the current Liberal messaging strategy, by the way — to just preemptively kill that notion from the outset — although, I have to say, that maybe it’s not such an insipidly lame catchphrase as I had initially thought.