It’s good to be writing again. It’s good to be sharing again. Growing up I was a quiet kid, and at times I still am. As a quiet kid growing up in a southern Baptist congregation to moving to Leakey and attending a small Church of Christ, I didn’t say much. I listened. I didn’t have all the answers, and I sure didn’t have the right people to ask around me. Each year, I get a little bit louder. Not audibly, or in volume of my actual voice. No, my beliefs got a little bit stronger. My beliefs got a little bit louder.
Today was one of the days I was loud. Where I wanted to get on top of a building and scream “Let freedom ring!” Of course that is all inspired by the great, late Dr. King. The message of equality is well something that I’m all about. Seeing Obama sworn in for his second term, marching across the MLK Bridge near downtown Abilene, and feeling the sense of what this nation has accomplished towards equality. But, there is so much more that needs to be done. I mentioned earlier I’m getting a little bit louder. One of the things people know about me know, is that I’m a Democrat. That was hard just to type out. My three years at Abilene Christian I have well…been a closet Democrat for most of my time, and it’s because it’s hard to go against the norm. It is hard to think differently from the majority in an area. I wonder what it was like for MLK growing up, for those like him trying their best to support a noble cause.
I posted earlier a section of Obama’s speech, “...for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well." Someone posted below, that I made them sad by posting this. I know my viewpoints differ from so many in Texas, and if I offend you by them that is definitely not my point. But, I hope you see the passion that those words evoke from me. The love for people that I have, that when I post something you may not agree with, message me and ask. Don’t assume I’m ignorant. Assume you know as much about me as these two words, Joseph Austin. Because what I am, and who I am today is so much more than a few words on a Facebook status. I too have a dream. I’m dream big every night. When asked in the fourth grade what I wanted to be, I haven’t forgotten that. When Obama said in his speech earlier,
“We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American; she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own. “
He was talking to me. He was saying Joseph, time to get a little bit louder.