Chi siamo e come siamo diventati quello che siamo

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Obama alla marcia per i diritti a Selma, Alabama.

«Siamo gli immigrati che hanno viaggiato da clandestini per raggiungere queste spiagge: sopravvissuti all’Olocausto, defezionisti dell’URSS, gente che è scappata dal Sudan a causa della guerra. Siamo quelli che hanno lottato per guadare il Rio Grande perché volevano un futuro migliore per i loro figli. Ecco come siamo diventati quello che siamo.

Siamo gli schiavi che hanno costruito la Casa Bianca e retto l’economia del Sud. Siamo i contadini che si sono aperti verso l’Ovest, e gli innumerevoli operai che hanno posato binari e costruito grattacieli, e si sono organizzati e battuti per i diritti dei lavoratori.

Siamo i gay americani il cui sangue scorre per le strade di San Francisco e New York, così come è scorso su questo ponte.

Dobbiamo aprire i nostri occhi, le nostre orecchie, e i nostri cuori, e accettare che il razzismo che c’era in passato è ancora un’ombra sul nostro presente. Sappiamo che la marcia non è ancora finita, che la battaglia non è ancora stata vinta, e che entrare in un’epoca nella quale saremo giudicati solo per quello che siamo significa ammettere queste cose.

Sappiamo che la marcia non è ancora conclusa, la corsa non è ancora vinta. Ma il cambiamento dipende da noi, dalle nostre azioni, da quello che insegniamo ai nostri figli».

Barack Obama alla marcia per i diritti civili a Selma, in Alabama.


Aboard Air Force One en route to Alabama, President Obama signs H.R. 432 authorizing the Congressional Gold Medal to the

Aboard Air Force One en route to Alabama, President Obama signs H.R. 432 authorizing the Congressional Gold Medal to the “Foot Soldiers” who participated in Bloody Sunday, Turnaround Tuesday, or the final Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March during March of 1965. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

In Selma, the President greets former foot soldier Amelia Boynton Robinson, 103 years old, backstage before the ceremony. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
In Selma, the President greets former foot soldier Amelia Boynton Robinson, 103 years old, backstage before the ceremony. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The President speaks to the foot soldiers who attended the 50th anniversary event. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The President speaks to the foot soldiers who attended the 50th anniversary event. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The President hugs Yolanda Renee King, granddaughter of Martin Luther King, Jr., as her parents, Martin Luther King III and Andrea Waters look on. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The President hugs Yolanda Renee King, granddaughter of Martin Luther King, Jr., as her parents, Martin Luther King III and Andrea Waters look on. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The President and First Lady hold hands as they listen to Rep. John Lewis speak at the ceremony. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The President and First Lady hold hands as they listen to Rep. John Lewis speak at the ceremony. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Members of the audience listen to Rep. John Lewis. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Members of the audience listen to Rep. John Lewis. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The President hugs Rep. John Lewis after his introduction. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The President hugs Rep. John Lewis after his introduction. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama delivers remarks at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
President Obama delivers remarks at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Tens of thousands of people attended the ceremony. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
Tens of thousands of people attended the ceremony. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

A Secret Service officer stands post as the President speaks. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
A Secret Service officer stands post as the President speaks. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Malia and Sasha Obama and other family, friends, and White House staff listen to the President. Attorney General Eric Holder is at far left. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Malia and Sasha Obama and other family, friends, and White House staff listen to the President. Attorney General Eric Holder is at far left. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The President points towards the bridge during his speech. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The President points towards the bridge during his speech. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Rep. John Lewis holds hands with President Obama during a prayer at the ceremony. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Rep. John Lewis holds hands with President Obama during a prayer at the ceremony. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush participated in the program. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush participated in the program. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The President greets members of the audience following his remarks. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The President greets members of the audience following his remarks. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama adjusts the bow in the hair of a young girl. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
First Lady Michelle Obama adjusts the bow in the hair of a young girl. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The President greets a youngster in the crowd. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The President greets a youngster in the crowd. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The President waves to the crowd. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The President waves to the crowd. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Backstage, former President Bush talks with Sasha and Malia Obama and Marian Robinson. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Backstage, former President Bush talks with Sasha and Malia Obama and Marian Robinson. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The Obama family join hands as they begin the march with the foot soldiers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
The Obama family join hands as they begin the march with the foot soldiers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

The march continues across the bridge. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The march continues across the bridge. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The Obamas and the Bushes continue across the bridge. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
The Obamas and the Bushes continue across the bridge. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

The Obama family and Attorney General Eric Holder and his family listen to tour guide Felicia Pittway at the National Voting Rights Museum. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The Obama family and Attorney General Eric Holder and his family listen to tour guide Felicia Pittway at the National Voting Rights Museum. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The Obama family inspects a voting machine at the museum. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The Obama family inspects a voting machine at the museum. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The President stands inside a replica prison cell at the museum. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The President stands inside a replica prison cell at the museum. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

CBS-TV reporter Bill Plante, who covered "Bloody Sunday" 50 years ago, interviews the President at the museum. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
CBS-TV reporter Bill Plante, who covered “Bloody Sunday” 50 years ago, interviews the President at the museum. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The President, First Lady, Marian Robinson and Malia board Air Force One at Maxwell Air Force Base en route back to Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The President, First Lady, Marian Robinson, and Malia board Air Force One at Maxwell Air Force Base en route back to Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Fonte immagini: White House

Alessio Fratticcioli

Alessio è il fondatore e amministratore di Asiablog.it (anche su Facebook e Twitter). Vive in Asia dal 2006. Sta svolgendo un dottorato di ricerca in comunicazione politica presso la Monash University. Per saperne di più su questo buffo personaggio, la sua lunga e noiosa biografia si trova qui.
Alessio Fratticcioli

About Alessio Fratticcioli

Alessio è il fondatore e amministratore di Asiablog.it (anche su Facebook e Twitter). Vive in Asia dal 2006. Sta svolgendo un dottorato di ricerca in comunicazione politica presso la Monash University. Per saperne di più su questo buffo personaggio, la sua lunga e noiosa biografia si trova qui.
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