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Light Turnout

Light Turnout By Anthony Harris ’08 I’ve been looking forward to this day for weeks now.  I woke up this morning brimming with anticipation.  At 8:40 this morning, I walked to Archer Hall and cast my vote.  I was filled with anticipation, and then I walked into the gym.  My first thought was surprise.  I figured I was late and I’m be stuck in line for about an hour.  I knew I would still make my 10AM lab, but it turned out that I’d be far ahead of time.  As I sat filling out the necessary paperwork to complete my civic duty, new feeling came over me.  I was upset.  Flabbergasted.  Why was no one else here?   I walked up to the poll worker to check myself in and she said that I was the second vote to vote that day.  The polls have been open for an hour and forty minutes and I had been the second person to vote so far.  I cast my ballot with little problem and left, outraged and disappointed in my Morehouse brothers (and I have giving the “disappointed in my Morehouse brothers” speech th

A New Nation

A New Nation By Anthony Harris      Last week at a study group for a British Literature midterm (in which very little studying took place, but we all did fairly well anyway), some friends of mine discussed a wide variety of issue ultimately converging on the idea of a new Black nation.  What would happen if the federal government gave to Black people all over America the state of Alabama?  We could do with it what we willed.  We could call it African America (or Negronia, we’re still accepting names).  We’d all set out for this new nation and make it right from the start.  We wouldn’t make the mistakes that Liberia made at its inception.  We’d be the perfect sovereign nation.      That would of course be an absolute lie.      Building a nation is hard work.  One would have to find leadership from practically nothing.  Construct an infrastructure that would support the economy and citizens.  Make a currency.  Build a good representative government.  Cope with differences within people a

Qualifications

Sorry for being late on this one. It's been a busy couple of weeks, but I finally got back to work. This one is in today, so don't look to Tuesday. I should be back on schedule next week. Qualifications By Anthony Harris I would like to write editorials for the New York Times . I have very little experience with journalism, especially expanding outside the Maroon Tiger , I don’t have my undergraduate degree in English, and I have much more growth to do as a writer. I don’t even know the Associated Press style of writing yet, but I feel that I’m completely qualified to write editorials for the paper of record to the United States. My roommate would like to be a prosecutor for the state of New Jersey. He hasn’t completed his undergraduate degree in political science. He isn’t as much of a spatial thinker. He hasn’t even looked at the LSAT’s yet, let alone the bar exam. But I feel that he is completely capable of representing the state of Georgia in the very diffic

I Cant Vote

I Can’t Vote! By Anthony Harris ‘08      I’ve just been disfranchised.   I came to Atlanta with dreams of gaining my degree from the prestigious Morehouse College, furthering my career in writing, meeting new people, and becoming more of an activist and a public voice.  I’ve just lost my voice.  Georgia House Bill 244 has just passed which restricts voting rights to those with Georgia government issued photo identification.  That is specifically photo identification issued by the state of Georgia or the US Military.  There is no alternative.  Most of you don’t have that.  I certainly don’t.  And now that I live in Atlanta, I don’t even follow my home state’s politics.  In fact, my family moved to Marietta briefly after I started my freshman year.  I don’t even need to follow the San Antonio City Council or who could be the new governor of Texas.  I want to be able re-elect State Senator Vincent Fort.  I want to get rid of Governor Sonny Perdue.  I want to be a part of my new home and t

...But Can We Afford It?

The US Space Program recently announced that it’s planning to return to the moon by 2018 with plans to travel to Mars not much later. The space shuttle is being cast to the wayside in 2010 to make way for the CEV, or Crew Exploration Vehicle, which will transport up to four astronauts to the moon and back and even transport supplies to the International Space Station. NASA Administrator Michael Griffith has referred to the vehicle as “Apollo on steroids.” Yet while according to NASA, the price of the new space program is only fifty-five percent of the original Apollo program after inflation spread out over thirteen years, Americans must still ask the question of whether we want to foot the bill at this chapter in America. Some are predicting the costs of assisting the survivors of Hurricane Katrina to be between two and three hundred million dollars. We’re still fighting a war in Iraq, and while it may not be widely publicized, we’re still working a little on Afghanistan. Pre

To All the "Spiritual" Christians

To All the “Spiritual” Christians By Anthony Harris ‘08      I’ve noticed that many people I know aren’t “religious, but spiritual.”  Much of the time, these people don’t go to church because they find many Christians to be hypocritical, especially our figureheads.  I would like to stand out among many deeply religions Christians and say this: Pat Robertson does not represent me.      I’ve been getting upset with Pat Robertson lately.  I’ve always had a problem with this is a man who sees no good or Christ-like mercy in anything contrary to his Christian mindset.  But now with his recent comments, I just want to distance this man as soon as possible.  No, any good Christian would not call for the assassination of another nation’s president.  Christians are not joining in legions calling for the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, nor did we all join in prayer for the death of Supreme Court Justices to vacancies to open up for President Bush appointed neo-conservatives.  We did n

Its Really Not About Me

It’s Really Not About Me By Anthony Harris ‘08 After the catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina, people all over the nation have found some way to reach out to the people of New Orleans.  We have united in some way to help people rebuild their lives and start over once again.  Yet, somehow, we still maintained being selfish.  I’m not sure how it happened but people are abuzz throughout Morehouse College about themselves in this lost city.   It seems sad, but the first thing that I heard from some people was the question of the future of Mardi Gras.  People are homeless, the city is in ruins, but there are people concerned about the integrity of Bourbon Street and assorted nightclubs. Many have complained about the mounting price of gas after many manes were shut down even during the hurricane.  People are dying, and we’re complaining about paying five dollars at the pump. Morris Brown recently proposed that many of the students of fellow historically Black college, Xavier University, convene