Though the turn out was far less than what many had expected, perhaps due to the rain and cold weather, the DC Emancipation 2007 Voting Rights March was a huge success by all acclaims.
When asked why I marched, my resounding response is "I march for millions of black men who can not vote!".
On Election Day 2000, nearly 1.4 million voting-age black men - more than one in eight - will be ineligible to cast ballots because of state laws that strip felons of the right to vote.
I am sure that the number of black men in the system are higher now than they were in 2000.
My concern, a few weeks ago, pertaining to the IMUS mess had more to do with the fact that the Rutgers women's basket ball team would allow a white man to so affect them. And, then when I reflected on how many educated black women are so quick to be conditioned to label black men as drug addicts or alcoholics but, "of less value than white men" I had a better understanding of why the words of Imus may have affected them so much.
Since, many have been conditioned to put so much stock in what white men say.
While I have never referred to any woman as a 'bitch' or a 'whore' nor do I disrepect women, many disrespect me and, in most cases, regard me and other black men as 'less than ... ."
I marched for the black men who can not vote.