THE HOUSE I LIVE IN



What is America to me?

A name, a map, or a flag I see;

A certain word, democracy.

What is America to me?


The house I live in,

A plot of earth, a street,

The grocer and the butcher,

Or the people that I meet;

The children in the playground,

The faces that I see,

All races and religions,

That's America to me.



The place I work in,

The worker by my side,

The little town or city

Where my people lived and died.

The howdy and the handshake,

The air and feeling free,

And the right to speak my mind out,

That's America to me.



The things I see about me,

The big things and the small,

The little corner newsstand,

And the house a mile tall;

The wedding and the churchyard,

The laughter and the tears,

And the dream that's been a-growing

For over 200 years!


The town I live in,

The street, the house, the room,

The pavement of the city,

And the garden all in bloom;

The church, the mosque, the synagogue,

The million lights I see,

But especially the people;

That's America to me.


The house I live in,

My neighbors white and black,

The people who just came here,

Or from generations back;

The town hall and the soapbox,

The torch of liberty,

A home for all God's children;

That's America to me.


The house I live in,

The goodness everywhere,

A land of wealth and beauty,

With enough for all to share;

A house that we call Freedom,

A home of Liberty,

Especially for all the people

That's America to me.






















May We Always Remember to Fight Prejudice





FOR THE FIRST TIME IN US HISTORY, AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN IS PRESIDENT! BARACK OBAMA! (DEMOCRAT) He was elected Nov. 4, 2008. THE INAUGURATION WAS HELD JAN.20, 2009!


http://www.barackobama.com/index.php











JOE BIDEN IS VICE-PRESIDENT!



Considering current events, the world badly needs education about prejudice. I have included a brief explanation at the bottom of this page.















































I find that people are often confused on terms.

Race has to do with BIOLOGY. It refers to a person's COLOR, hair type and facial features.

Religion has to do with a person's BELIEF SYSTEM in regards to faith, divinity, and worship.

Nationality has to do with one's POLITICAL allegiance, or ancestors' political allegiance to a country, such as Irish,Polish, Russian, etc. ... or, in the USA, Irish-American, Italian-Amercan, and so on. Black Americans, most of whom have lost their former identities of country, are defined by the continent of origin...hence African-American.

Culture has to do with a set of BEHAVIORS of a group of people. It is closely tied to ethnicity. Hispanic is a culture. In this country (USA) it includes Mexicans, and Puerto Ricans. I do NOT see Black Americans as having a real "culture", except for music...blues,gospel, spirituals, popular music and jazz. A lot of what passes for "Black culture" is what is made-up... as in "rap-music". It did NOT grow naturally. It was hyped up by music promoters. Gangs and drive-by shootings are NOT part of any culture. Kwanzaa was a holiday started by ONE man.

I hope this helps people who are a bit confused on terms. :-)