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Al Mercer

Brevard, NC

 

 

 

I am diminished

I am diminished when, for your own purposes, you call me a minority and suggest that I am incapable of getting myself to the voting booth without you. I am diminished when, for your own purposes, you call me uneducated and suggest that I am incapable of making critical decisions because I lack formal education. I am diminished when, for your own purposes, you use images and hollow words to stimulate and excite me and to distract me from the realities of life.

I am diminished when, for your own purposes, you call me a racist and infuriate the crowd to a level of static that overpowers my voice in the public arena.

I am diminished when, for your own purposes, you suggest you are brighter and more intelligent than me and that I am better off when you are empowered to take care of me.

Who am I? Collectively, I am the fiber and sinew that holds America together. But to maintain my fragile promises of freedom and justice, you must fight for me and protect me with pride and love because I am being transformed and forgotten and I am hurting. 

Al Mercer
 

Brevard