Thursday, December 27, 2007

Be More Like Benazir Bhutto

Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto was assassinated today. She was a brave woman that loved her homeland. She believed in her nation and it's people so strongly that she willingly risked her personal freedom and ultimately her own life to try an lead them to a better existence. She was the first woman elected to serve as national leader of a Muslim country. Bhutto was a dedicated and highly educated woman as well as a wife and a mother of three.


The numerous reasons for her assassination will be argued and debated for many years to come, but one reason is already clear. One of the reasons she was murdered was because she was a woman that dared to stand up and be heard. She challenged authority and that is still an extremely dangerous thing for any woman to do. Unlike Bhutto, we live in very different country than hers. Our shame is that we have not been as brave and self-sacrificing as she was willing to be.

In my opinion, 2008 is shaping up to be an extremely crucial year for African American women. We must find the courage, energy, and strength to stand up and express our views loudly and clearly. I realize that standing up and speaking up as an individual can be a daunting task, but we have no choice. The black community is in turmoil and is moving very rapidly to a serious point of no return. We live in a nation where we have the right to say whatever we please, whenever we please. So, stop fronting and start doing something, anything to help.

7 comments:

Attorneymom December 27, 2007 at 5:26 PM  

This story deeply saddens me. She was such a brave woman. When will mankind learn that love (not war and murder) is the answer.

rjweems December 27, 2007 at 6:58 PM  

Thanks Professor Tracey.

Ever since her eturn to her native Pakistan on October 18, 2007Benazir Bhutto must have known that the odds were great of her being assasinated before she got the chance to reclaim her place in the Pakistani government. But that knowledge did not prevent her from her pursuits as a national leader and political figure. What a courageous woman. If you're a black woman in the US, it makes you wanna clear your throat and speak your mind-- or, it ought to.

SheCodes December 28, 2007 at 8:57 AM  

It's a tremendous loss. I am very saddened by this.

Mes Deux Cents December 28, 2007 at 9:03 AM  

Professor Tracey,

And to think some people are unwilling to give up a Saturday to protest for something important to them.

Ms Bhutto was truly brave.

Randi523 December 28, 2007 at 1:12 PM  

Loving your blog-keep enlightening and putting the fire under us!

Randi523 December 28, 2007 at 1:12 PM  

And thanks for linking my blog!

wisdomteachesme December 28, 2007 at 6:57 PM  

this also saddens me....

but she was put there ar just the right time for what she had to do...

i have not complained at all about anything since i heard the news yesterday...
humbling...

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