"Limitless Possibilities..."

Hurricane Katrina pulled the curtain back to show the nation's long- ignored blacks, whites, single mothers, destitute children, and poor families, among others, who simply didn't have the means to flee danger...


To allay fears over his nomination to the post of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the last venue of relief for the ones "left behind", Roberts referred to his youth. He said:
"I think all of us retain from our youth certain enduring images. For me those images are of endless fields of Indiana stretching to the horizon, punctuated only by an isolated silo or barn. And as I grew older, those endless fields came to represent for me the limitless possibilities of our great land..."

Inner city minorities must be breathing a sigh of relief. After all, they also have "enduring images" and therefore, something in common. Certainly, the substance of the images might be different. The "endless fields of Indiana puctuated only by an isolated silo or barn" might not be "endless nights of fear and hunger" nor might they be "endless days of attending run-down schools". They may not even be the same as "endless harassment by authorities".

Furthermore, the images minorities have might not translate into "the limitless possibilities of our great land" and are more than likely to be the awareness of the "limitless possibility of incarceration", guilty or not, that inner city youth face.

But, at least they both have "endless" and "limitless" in common.

Poor women must also be somewhat assured. After all, they too share "endless" and "limitless" images. For those old enough, it is the image of a back alley abortion. For most women, it is the "endless" and "limitless" assault on their right to choose by detached white men who spout the name of God as they loot the Treasury while using pictures of embryos as a distraction.

The recent history of poor blacks and hispanics is also replete with images of "endless fields"... of cotton, grapes, lettuce, strawberries. These images are "punctuated only" by an occasional hard fought for right that the detached white men immediately attack as being "anti-American" and "anti-commerce" and then work feverishly to set aside.

Maybe the soon-to-be Chief Justice Roberts can further soothe all of their fears by regaling them with additional stories of "endless fields" and "limitless possibilities" that he has embedded images of.

However, that would have to wait until after he considers the Voting Rights Act, Roe v. Wade, heck, maybe even Brown v. Board of Education. Certainly after he sets the country straight by returning inconvenient rights back to the states- especially progressive rights to those states now run by Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and their ilk, and to the "right to work states" so ably run by selected corporations.



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