How appropriate that the swearing in of America’s first African-American president happens the day after Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
King would no doubt be pleased to see this fruit of his labor. Certainly he envisioned a time when his nation might look beyond one’s race or gender in an election, and many Americans did just that in electing Barack Obama.
Of course some did not. Obama doubtlessly won many votes because he is black and lost others for the same reason. Prejudice, not just racial, but all kinds, will always exist, but Obama’s election shows that American voters are open to all possibilities. Voters looked at the ideas and felt the inspiration of the Illinois senator. He won because more voters bought into his message than into that of his opponent.
Forty years after his death, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be proud. The election of an African-American neither solves the nations problems nor ends racial discrimination, but it would make America’s most beloved civil rights figure happy to see how far his nation has progressed.
Sometimes I don't like me either
01/16/09 at 10:39 AM
I didn't vote for Obama. However, I think of stories my parents and grandparents told me of how African-Americans were mistreated and oppressed in their lifetime. I'm in my late 30's, and I think of things I've heard and seen. What a country of opportunity! Think of the turnaround this country has made since the 1960's. Who would have thought in 1959 that a half century later, not only a person of color, but a bi-racial individual would be sworn in to the highest office of our country?
So, President Obama, I may not have voted for you, and some of your ideas scare me, but you are my President (at least, you will be in a few days) and you have my prayers. Even when I disagree with you, I will try to give your office the respect it deserves.