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Mon May 16, 2016, 09:20 AM

You May Write Me Down in History with Your Bitter Twisted Lies

There are times I need a reminder about who Hillary and we, her supporters are. Our goals are courageous, authentic and compassionate. The opposition has hijacked the narrative and is intent on trying to frame it as cynical and indifferent about the fate of our country. They say, with ever increasing volume and derision, that our nearness to finally overcoming obstacles must be a result of corruption. That we care not for the good of "Americans" who truly struggle the most.

No, nothing could be further from the truth.

The reality is that it is for so many "Americans", our dreams that have been deferred for all of our history no matter how much our opposers would like to rewrite that now. The reality is that it is that for millions of us, we live a life in which we have always been systematically denied having a the same life, liberty and pursuit of happiness as those who take such rights for granted. We and our dreams are precious and valuable no matter how much they would like to bitterly denigrate them with their distortions and lies. They see that we are finally on the precipice of truly changing the social and political landscape and are doing everything they can to prevent that, even if it means creating a fiction about her and our characters to do it.

This story is not a new one. History is filled with people in power who have sought to prevent those without it from having representation, freedom, safety and rights. And, they always justify their abuse by creating lies about the worth and character of those who they would deny. We are living in a momentous time in history. We can take so much pride in who we are and what we want for ourselves and the entire country. Our voices, destines and noble dreams are finally being heard. No matter what they do, still we rise.










You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

Maya Angelou

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Reply You May Write Me Down in History with Your Bitter Twisted Lies (Original post)
Haveadream May 2016 OP
Cha May 2016 #1
Haveadream May 2016 #2
Cha May 2016 #3
pandr32 May 2016 #4
Haveadream May 2016 #9
pandr32 May 2016 #17
BlueMTexpat May 2016 #5
Haveadream May 2016 #10
BlueMTexpat May 2016 #14
Her Sister May 2016 #6
Haveadream May 2016 #11
DemonGoddess May 2016 #7
Haveadream May 2016 #15
Koinos May 2016 #8
NurseJackie May 2016 #12
Haveadream May 2016 #16
katmille May 2016 #13

Response to Haveadream (Original post)

Mon May 16, 2016, 09:28 AM

1. Mahalo for this, Haveadream~Beautifully written..

And, Maya Angelo's.. And Still I Rise~Well Done~

They don't get to write our narrative.. they just think they do.

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Response to Cha (Reply #1)

Mon May 16, 2016, 09:36 AM

2. Thank you so much, Cha



Their voices are loud and filled with hate. Ours are quieter yet filled with determination, grace and courage. What a contrast. I am so incredibly proud of Hillary and especially, our Hillary Clinton group.







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Response to Haveadream (Reply #2)

Mon May 16, 2016, 09:44 AM

3. It is quite something, isn't it?

We really do have a beautiful group to be proud of.. for those reasons you wrote about.

Thank you for being a part of it, Haveadream~

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Response to Haveadream (Original post)

Mon May 16, 2016, 09:56 AM

4. Excellent post!

I feel lifted after reading it. Thank you.

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Response to pandr32 (Reply #4)

Mon May 16, 2016, 03:54 PM

9. Thank you, pandr32

Our Hillary Group is an inspiration!



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Response to Haveadream (Reply #9)

Tue May 17, 2016, 10:04 AM

17. For me as well

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Response to Haveadream (Original post)

Mon May 16, 2016, 10:30 AM

5. Beautiful words and beautiful

thoughts to inspire us! Thank you!

From another who inspired MANY people ...

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Response to BlueMTexpat (Reply #5)

Mon May 16, 2016, 04:06 PM

10. This is beautiful, BlueMTexpat

Thank you for sharing the words of another remarkable person. No matter difficult his journey, Mandela never lost his wisdom and understanding of the human condition. His message was unwavering and ultimately began the healing of a nation.

Here with Hillary










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Response to Haveadream (Reply #10)

Mon May 16, 2016, 05:49 PM

14. I LOVE that photo!

They BOTH seem to be enjoying each other's company very much!

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Response to Haveadream (Original post)

Mon May 16, 2016, 03:40 PM

6. Thank you for your heartfelt words!

 

And the gems you included! That beautiful video with Maya and the words!!!



There's something the media is not getting but we know! We are privy to it! WE KNOW!!! Together we know!

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Response to Her Sister (Reply #6)

Mon May 16, 2016, 04:09 PM

11. Yes, Her Sister, we know!!

Love Obama, Hillary and all the loyal supporters who truly get it. We are going to keep going!!







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Response to Haveadream (Original post)

Mon May 16, 2016, 03:43 PM

7. K&R!

Beautiful!

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Response to DemonGoddess (Reply #7)

Mon May 16, 2016, 06:56 PM

15. Thank you, DemonGoddess





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Response to Haveadream (Original post)

Mon May 16, 2016, 03:47 PM

8. Thank you, Haveadream!

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Mon May 16, 2016, 04:19 PM

12. Love her. Love this.





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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #12)

Mon May 16, 2016, 07:03 PM

16. These are incredible, NurseJackie!

Miss Calypso!




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Response to Haveadream (Original post)

Mon May 16, 2016, 04:42 PM

13. This is awesome, Haveadream

So beautifully written, so heartfelt. Thank you! And allow me to sing praises of two other giants of civil rights movement, currently still with us and still working for the dream: Marian Wright Edelman and Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr.

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