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The Best of All Possible Worlds or Is There Balm in Gilead?

Posted: Jan 23, 2008

I live in the boonies, the hinterlands of Northern Alabama. For years, I made do with erratic reception from local television stations, and then one day satellite TV and DSL changed my life. 

This week, thanks to a relatively new channel called Ovation, the ever exciting Sundance channel, and PBS, I was able to watch a special about the controversial director John Waters; a tribute to the poet Allen Ginsberg; the 2005 feature documentary Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man,; the 2001 winning documentary film at Sundance Dogtown and Z -Boys; a documentary about the courageous American performer and activist Paul Robeson, one of my personal heroes; and even The Last Forty-eight Hours of Kurt Cobain.  Earlier this month, I saw documentaries featuring such artists as Andy Warhol, Mark Rothko, Claes Oldenburg, Ray Johnson, and the amazing Chuck Close.

With a little help from The New Yorker magazine and a daily dose of the New York Times via e-mail, even those of us who live in the Sahara of the Bozarts can interface with a global community.

However, yesterday morning I read an article in the New York Times that deeply saddened me. It was entitled “The Blight That is Still With Us.”  Despite our considerable strides into the 21st century, a portion of the south continues to lag far, far behind. Unfortunately, South Carolina is not the only state afflicted with the blight of racism.

For others, like myself, who have spent a lifetime waiting for a viable woman or African-American presidential candidate, the events of the past six months have been profoundly disturbing. Who would have imagined that getting what we had yearned for would have resulted in so much divisiveness.

On Monday, we celebrated the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today, nearly forty-five years after Dr. King stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, I, too, have a dream. I have a dream that the top two Democratic candidates will not only be able to work together for the common good but will also be able to join together on the same platform (whether it be Clinton/Obama or Obama/Clinton) and that, for me, would be the best of all possible worlds.

--Penne J. Laubenthal

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