I'd like to compare and contrast that with the excellent post I read yesterday by Khadija, blog host of Muslim Bushido titled, "The Way of the Sojourner". Here's a summation but the detailed argument MUST be read!!!
A sojourner is free to seek self-actualization and follow her bliss wherever it leads her. The way of the sojourner has NO room for group think or uniformity. The only constants are: (1) freedom of movement, and (2) a commitment to keeping the path open. The sojourner's path is unique for every woman who chooses to walk upon it. She makes the path her own. Her travels are her own.
....the death of Black Unity forced us to define ourselves as individuals who fortified the collective, instead of as a collective that defined its individuals.It was necessary for Black Unity to meet its demise in order for us to understand that it could not be immortal. Special Interest Solidarity demanded that we cremate Black Unity and so we respect its ashes as we gather to give tributes to the legacy that Black Unity left us.Black Unity lived valiantly and we all benefitted from its longevity. Black Unity functioned ably among us and saved many lives of those who mattered to this nation. Black Unity protected us during a period in our nation's history when we needed it. As Black Unity lost its vitality, black women learned that Black Unity could no longer guarantee protection.
Blacks, meanwhile, had their sharpest increase in voter participation in more than a decade, with 15.9 million casting ballots to make up 12.1 percent of the electorate. Blacks previously had seen their share decline to 11 percent in 2004 after their low turnout in Republican George W. Bush's re-election win over Democrat John Kerry.But in 2008, about 65 percent of blacks went to the polls, nearly matching the 66 percent voting rate for whites. Black women had the highest rates of participation among all voters at 69 percent; they were followed by white women (68 percent), white men (64 percent) and black men (61 percent).