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Professor Manuel Hernández
Essays Collection

Address: : 2012 Ernest St. Kissimmee, Florida 34741

Manuel Hernandez was born in Sleepy Hollow, New York in 1963. He completed undergraduate studies at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus and finished a Master�s in Education from Herbert H. Lehman College (CUNY) in the Bronx in 1994. He has coordinated symposiums, produced and coordinated television interviews on the literature written by Puerto Rican and Latino/a writers from the Diaspora. He has done numerous presentations, workshops and seminars on how to integrate latino/a literature in the English classroom. In 2014, he participated in a TedxTalk (Connections) at Southern New Hampshire University. He is the author of three books, , Latino/a Literature in the English Classroom (Editorial Plaza Mayor, 2003), The Birth of a Rican (Imprenta Sifre. 2008) and Living the Kingdom with purpose (Imprenta Sifre, 2013). He is a Language Arts teacher at Osceola School District in Florida.

What Not To Fear Or What To Fear?
By Manuel Hernandez-Carmona copyright 2008

God is control, always. There is a fine line between who is and who is not. America has divided its core principles in two lines: right and left. The Obama fear has to do with the fear of the left. The right is always right. Even lefties are doubted and ridiculed. Ted Williams was the best hitter in baseball, and he never made an effort of batting right, pun intended. America needs to be reminded that as long as we continue to allow God in our homes, communities, families, schools, courts and other God ruling places, HE will bless us today, tomorrow and forever.
Barak Obama is President because God allowed him to become elected, bottom line. We have to get away from that America divide mentality. Once upon a time, we decided that you had to pick sides. President Bush hit the right chord in his post 9/11 speech, when he asked, "Are you with us or against us?" That was the right thing to do in 2001. Forty years ( a generation ) after the "I Have a Dream" speech, a new era has taken America by storm. Just as we were supportive of President Bush when he decided to take on Al Qaida and Saddam Hussein, today we have to rally behind President Elect Obama and his mandate to redefine our ill-stricken economy.
If we (God's children) are interested in spreading God's good news, we have to stop complaining and moaning about what to fear and what not to fear. The Word of God teaches me that there is nothing I have to fear, nothing. Christian values will always reign when we reign and become kings and priests in our daily way of living. It is not about who is and who is not; it is about reaching out, lending a helping hand and making a difference each and every day of our lives. How can we win those who behave or act differently if we are constantly distancing them from our "right way" of thinking? Jesus was a friend who befriended all, no politics intended.
It is up to God's children to pray for Obama and his administration. God will send a Daniel, a Joseph and even an Esther alongside the first family. God will never abandon us; we may be disciplined though. And even if we are disciplined; that means HE loves us and considers us his family. Why do we have to pass judgement as soon as are "right" feels uncomfortable? The greatest kings besides David and his son were never God-loving, but the Lord sent his children to impact, influence and impart and reign alongside them. What to fear? Nothing! What not to fear? Nothing too!