The Election in Black and White

The polls are closed ALL the ballots are counted. The winner by a landslide is President Barack Obama. Getting ready to embark on his second term I’m sure he is reflecting on these last four years, what worked, what didn’t what to do next. As we head into 2013 and prepare for the inauguration for the second term of the first Black President of the United States of America, I must speak on the state of this country through the eyes of Moca. Let me start by saying while My Black is Beautiful it does not define me, yes, it’s apart of me but it is not who I am. Everyone is aware that racism exists. Yes, even in 2012, after years of oppression, years of civil rights, and years of overcoming racism is still present in our day-to-day lives. Now, I consider myself to be a very open minded person. Not only do I have friends and family from all walks of life, I have encountered and met people from several ethnicities, religions and cultures. While I may not understand or just out right disagree with them I NEVER disrespect them. I am disappointed that I can’t say the same for some of my fellow ‘Americans’, which is why this election was quite difficult to bare.

Since I began learning about the branches of government it has ALWAYS been an understood reverence for the President. The utmost respect was given to the office and the individual that held it. Even in instances where corruption and infidelity surrounded the position respecting the PRESIDENT of the United States of America was not an issue. NEVER have I witness so much blatant disrespect for the President and the fact that some wanted to disguise it as ‘Freedom of Speech’ is more disgusting than racism. I heard several people say, its just ignorance and I was even taught not to entertain ignorance because you’re only fueling the fire. What I can’t let go of is how easy it was for people to give excuses for ignorance. I mean we’ve all heard the saying that ‘Ignorance is Bliss’ but at what age should you be held accountable for the things you say and do. What happened to, if you know better you do better? I personally think after the age of 5 ‘Ignorance is not Bliss’. We live in a world that puts EVERYTHING at your fingertips so there is NO EXCUSE not to be informed.

Throughout the election, I spoke to many people some that were voting for Romney and others that were voting for President Obama. In my conversations on politics never once did race come up. When I did my own research on the candidates never once did I see anything about race on their perspective websites. I mean there was not a ‘white only’ tab or a ‘black only’ tab. We are a diverse group of people here in the United States of America, from the educated/uneducated…blue collar workers/entrepreneurs/fortune 500 companies….vegetarians/meat eaters…natural/process…Christians/Atheist…the differences can go on and on but it amazes me that out of all the categories we can be placed in the only one that seems to matter to some is race. To me all that matters is that you P.A.S.S…. have a PLAN…move into ACTION…STAY the course…and ultimately you will reach SUCCESS. Here’s how I look at it. President Obama had more P.A.S.Ses that positively affected my past, present, and future. While, Romney had some positive P.A.S.Ses majority of them negatively affected me. Thus my decision was quite easy. YES, we all know that government is corrupt in several ways but I challenge YOU to name a company, a system, and a person that doesn’t have their OWN agenda…. I’ll wait. The point I’m making is no one or nothing is without flaws but what makes the government work is US.Now, it’s time to do what we need to do as citizens of the United States of America in order to move OUR country forward. So, when you look in the mirror you shouldn’t just see the color of your skin but an individual that can make a difference just by LIVING OUT LOUD!!!!!!


Nakeisha "Moca" McDaniel
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This column is designed to doing just what the title says...Living Out Loud. Moca will discuss and give advice about life and everything that comes along with it. She is an ordinary woman with extraordinary insight. I'm very opinionated and I don't hesitate to speak my mind. Now what you read you may not always agree with and that's fine. Agreeing to disagree is healthy dialogue. What I write is not gospel but it is MOCA, Living Out Loud!!! So, I hope you Laugh, Learn, and Live Out Loud through this column. Do you have a question or concern that you want to address to Moca? If so email her at All inquires will be anonymous.

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