I really like this photo. Not because I'm a "Brangelina" fan nor approve of unmarried celebrities having huge families but because of the multiple ethnicity of this particular one.
It brings to mind lyrics I have drawn on before - from South Pacific - "You've got to be taught to hate and fear...". I don't think that thought has ever occurred to Pitt or Jolie and for that I applaud them.
What brought this to mind is a conversation I had with a young 20 something acquaintance about Obama and the need for her peers to get out and vote. "No one I know even likes Obama," she stated rather emphatically. I was stunned.
She is from a small town in central Idaho. They have Indians, she told me, and no one minds them, but no one can abide blacks. Why? If you've never lived with them, never even met one how can you harbor such a dislike for them? My mother-in-law was much the same way. She grew up on a ranch in south eastern Montana. She was probably an adult before she even realized there were such people!
Back to the voting issue. Her explanation that she'd vote for McCain if she was going to vote because she hadn't done any research on Obama and had heard so many negative things about him was worrisome. To choose not to do that research. But then she's not going to vote anyway because she's busy with her studies, McCain is a Republican and in Idaho it's likely he will win the state.
Where does such thinking come from? We adults. How many have said the same thing in states that are heavily Republican or Democrat. My vote doesn't make any difference - so-and-so is going to win anyway. Wow.
Obama's organization may have energized a whole new generation of potential voters but they aren't necessarily for him! And they won't necessarily actually vote. There is certainly work still to be done. Energizing the bunny makes no difference if it's really only a parrot.