By now you all know Newt Gingrich's outrageous suggestion that our children be made to work as janitors in school. And we know how the Whites of this nation gave him a standing ovation. The same Whites who only yesterday told us that racism is a thing of the past and we need to get over slavery and move on. But what is Newt talking about if not slavery? Do White people think we have sunk so low as a people that Black mothers would voluntarily allow our children to clean toilets and scrub floors? Of does he mean that this should be mandatory labor? Oh but he said they would be getting a paycheck, so it wouldn't be slavery. I disagree said W.E.B. My mother is only 66 years old but she knows first hand the humiliation of jim crow. It wasn't that long abo. The only thing keeping us from going back is a piece of paper. We think we are free now—but our freedom and our place in this society is as thin as the paper on which it rests. I don't agree with everything Obama says. I have a love-hate relationship with him. But after seeing Newt and Romney and Ron Paul and all those other cats the Republicans are putting up there, I'm ready to forgive Obama for whatever. If smaddy said ok Rhonda, if you refuse to vote then we won't hold elections in 2012 and we just won't have a president at all. But nobody said that so I'm not going to let the Republicans win by default. Obama may not be all we want him to be but anyone of those republicans running now will make George Bush look tame. That piece of paper may be all we've got but like Chuck Brown said, keep what you got til you get what you need. How is allowing the republicans to snatch away even the little bit that we have any different from Clarence Thomas folding his arms and refusing to vote while Whites make the decision to kill Troy Davis? Think about it before you call smaddy else an Uncle Tom.