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Primary Election Day; Floridians Cry 'Votes Fouled Again' copyright © 2007 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org Florida Primary voters reporting problems at polls What are we to think? Oh, it is just Florida, again. I moved to the Sunshine State two years ago. As I do, each time I change my residence, I register to vote, even before I take occupancy. If I have an address and am certain of the change, I file the necessary papers. At the age of seventeen, I was fortunate enough to live in a state that allowed individuals to vote in the primary, if they were to be eighteen years of age by the time of the general election. Circumstances in those earlier years changed quickly. Hence, my polling place for the first two elections was not a walk away. I had to hitchhike in a tumultuous thunderstorm to cast a ballot during the primaries. In November, on election Day, there was a blizzard. I still did not have an operable car. With thumb out, I hit the road. I arrived at the poll and was grateful for the privilege. I pulled the lever for my preferred candidate. I never felt so powerful, pleased, or proud to be part of the process. Only once did I miss an election. I was in my late teens, perhaps, I was twenty. There was one candidate on the ticket, a school board member who I was unfamiliar with. I was not feeling well. I decided to forego the election. I have never forgiven myself; nor have I missed a vote since. Time marched on and I transitioned from one State to another. I have been an active, avid voter for decades. In the State where I became of age, I pulled levers in a curtained booth. In the region where I resided until 2005, I used...
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Race Relations in America; Colormute, Not Colorblind copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org It's never been my interest to run a race-based campaign. My message has always been that I want everyone included in a broad coalition to bring about change. I want to spend more time talking about solving the problems that people are feeling right now. ~ Barack Obama [United States Senator and Presidential Aspirant. January 27, 2008] In any Presidential election year, we hear of the race. Yet, discussions of "race" are void, or are since a truce was tendered. Americas would like to think of themselves as colorblind. We are not. Citizens of this country embrace “colormuteness, a term coined by Mica Pollock, Associate Professor of Education at Harvard University. What Professor Pollock observes in classrooms and in the hallways of schools throughout the nation occurs each day on the campaign trail. Children who wish to achieve excellence in the classroom are restricted by conventions they learned at an early age in our nation's communities. When a young Caucasian child encounters a Black being, if they have never seen a person with a dark complexion, may point, tug at the a parent's trouper, point, and say, "Mom, Why is his skin so brown?" A lass might inquisitively exclaim, "Daddy, What is wrong with her complexion? Characteristically, Mother or Father will say, "Shush! It is not polite to point." Then the parent will pass on the message that they learned at their parent's knee. That communication will vary dependent on the family. Nonetheless, what is true, no matter who the guardian might be, the tone will be hushed. The tot will learn, we do not discuss the differences in skin tone or facial features. What we were taught in our youth resonates in adult life. We see it on the campaign trail. Certain...

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