by Nadra Enzi, Contributing Writer
The death of First Lady Nancy Reagan underscores the centrality of great ladies in maintaining our Republic. Credited with guiding American icon Ronald Reagan on his prodigious path to the White House, she reminds us that great ladies are a resource we can’t afford to lose.
She quietly helped our country win a cold war which threatened humanity and combated illnesses robbing senior citizens of recollection and competence. The same urban war declared when crack cocaine launched itself into Black communities saw Nancy Reagan surrounded by urban children famously telling them to “Just Say No! (to drugs and yes to life)” in defiance of this existential threat to their young lives.
Skeptics scoffed at the initiative and revisionists demonize Reagan era anti-drug trafficking laws as racist, while ignoring the brutal bias of low-income communities under chemical and gang attack. A great lady pulled a national neighborhood becoming a rudderless Hood to her bosom – and by extension – to the forefront of popular consciousness.
Nancy Reagan now joins the ode of American great ladies belonging to eternity. Her example challenges us, men and women alike, to discharge our duties with dignity and diligence. Even political foes unite to trumpet her grand example. She also joins other great ladies like my late grandmothers and mother in Yahweh’s infinite embrace.