We Got To Be Thankful – Joe Michael

November 26th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

On this joyous day of Thanksgiving, many of us in the United States find ourselves busy thinking for reasons why we should be thankful for. Of course, we are simply thankful for being healthy and alive. (more…)

On this joyous day of Thanksgiving, many of us in the United States find ourselves busy thinking for reasons why we should be thankful for. Of course, we are simply thankful for being healthy and alive. We are also thankful for the safety and well being of us, for the rights, freedom, and justice we are guaranteed by the U.S. constitution. If we are in Europe, or in any other countries where there is equality and justice, where authorities respect law, we are always thankful for the privileges we are given.

Most of us, if not all of us, are also thankful for being where we are as our brothers and sisters are suffering under the violence of dictatorship. We all are thankful that we can freely talk, assemble, and write about politics and democracy. We are thankful that authorities can’t jail us for criticizing them. We are thankful for so many privileges that we have regardless of our color, race, and gender.

Many Africans lives are in danger due to hunger, war, persecution, and all kinds of man mad adversity. Even as we speak, many Africans are getting killed in Congo, Darfur, Somalia, Uganda, etc. Many are in jail for something they didn’t do. Women and children are in horrifying pain as a result of war and repression. Many brothers and sister are somewhere in a jungle or in the ocean running away from tyranny and war. They are in the woods hiding, in the jungle running, or in the ocean sailing. They are somewhere in danger trying to reach where we are.

It is all because of few trouble makers that many Africans are suffering and dying. It is all because of war oriented leaders like the Eritrean leader Isaias Afewerki, tyrant leaders like the Ethiopian PM Meles Zenawi, Omar H Al-Bashir of Sudan, and Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, autocratic leaders like Paul Biya of Cameroon. It is all because of these few cruel individuals that millions of Africans are suffering.

On this day of Thanksgiving, we are thankful for so many blessings. We are thankful that we are free that we can speak or write about democracy and injustice. We are thankful that we can freely debate, assemble, protest, vote, elect, sing, etc. But most of all, we got to be thankful that we are living in a country where there is law to protect us, not to oppress us.

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