“It’s Not Over Until I Win”

Les Brown’s words are an encouragement to work for good; however, the essence is lost when left to the twisted and weaponized for evil. Entering the third decade of the 21st century, things seem as though we are locked in a perpetual episode of the struggle. On one side, a new multiethnic nation presses forward in an urgent and brandished effort to escape from the dark and hollow expanse of racial injustice, power, and privilege. On the other, the future landscape looks coarse and unmanageable, allowing White Supremacy to acquire a beachhead in our thinking and upon the circumference of shed tears of many overcome by the struggle. It shouldn’t have to be this way.

The exasperating Day of the fear and anger persists, whose only comfort is a Night camouflaged in its own quantity of uncertainty. Nevertheless, the January 6th insurrection came. Somehow, the afternoon of a 244-year-old democracy found itself teetering on the brink of teary-eyed sunset whispers of “The Twilight’s Last Gleaming.” You can almost hear some Gone With The Wind, Alex Haley’s Roots style beatdown of the oppressed by the Slaveoverseer’s whip, as he breathes out his scornful phrase, “It’s Not Over Until I Win.” 

A free and fair presidential election was won, and yet voting rights remain under attack because of the lie that areas heavily populated by minority votes are somehow illegitimate. Some state legislators aggressively leave behind the norms of democracy by installing the option of choosing their own electors to the already flawed electoral college that may overturn the people’s vote. The proposed Georgia restrictions that would even ban food or water distribution to those waiting in voting lines are just a few examples of an ongoing partisan voter suppression effort.

George Floyd died in front of a nation. Still, the murderer’s defense team rationalization and many others call him a Fentanyl saturated drug addict. They say the death was his own fault. Through all of the illusions of cloak and dagger shell games, it comes down to the boastful assertion of a racist hypocritical few that say, “It’s Not Over Until I Win.” Are we never going to see justice prevail? Are the lines of scripture or the safe harbor warmth of grandmother’s embrace not enough to protect us from this continual barrage of institutionalized attacks?

“There’s no magic wand that we can wave to fix the challenges we face as a society. But, even without these answers, we can recognize that each of us plays a critical and unquestionable role in our future as a country. Everyone’s road forward will look a little different and may be influenced by many factors.” by Leadership Inspirations 

An enduring factor espoused by civil rights icons and their preseeding slave patriarchs and matriarchs was the belief in crossing the spiritual Jordan River, a dreamlike sanctuary of peace and an escape from torcher and travail. King called it the mountain top, seeing what he described as the Promise Land. There is a place that we can emerge victoriously, and it’s not only in the spring fragranced tranquil someday experience. We can arise from this moment in hope by remembering the words of the late James Cleveland saying, “I am in no wise tired.”

Hope stays engaged; Hope says, “when they take it, you’ve got to find a way to make it. Hope says when they take the straw, you make the bricks anyway. Remember that We are “Building the Bridge Together.” from all sides of the ethnic divide, Translation: “it’s not over until we all win”.

Kevin Robinson Executive Director of Accord1

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