Tuesday, October 21, 2008

What can we expect onNovember 5th?

Regardless of whether you are supporting Senator Obama or Senator McCain for president in 2008, it is a historic election. On the morning of November 5th, 2008 we will wake to either America's first mixed black & white president, or the first woman vice president. Either situation will make history. Michelle Obama said "For the first time in my adult lifetime, I'm really proud of my country, and not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change."
source (http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/02/michelle-obam-1.html)
I believe her. The comment is understandable, given the stains on our country's past due to our treatment of blacks. At the same time, the comment is disheartening. An Obama presidential run was enabled by a long uphill battle against racism in this country. Am I downplaying the positive impact on race relations that a President Obama would bring? I don't know. But I do know that America has been fighting and winning the battle against racism in this country far before Barack Obama began his historic presidential run. I share the concern of Dennis Prager, a radio talk show host on KRLA in Los Angeles that an Obama loss would be interpreted by many as confirmation of a racist America.

If Senator Obama loses, will we witness Whoopie Goldberg on "The View" opining about how America has so much further to go before we would elect a black? Will Al Sharpton weigh in on MSNBC about how Obama was so unfairly treated in the media? Can we expect a sermon from Jessie Jackson about the inequality of our tainted nation? Couldn't it possibly be that the democrats decided to nominate an eloquent leftist? No, it must only be because of his race that America may deny him the oval office. Morgan Freeman said that in order to prevent further racial divisions, we should "stop talkin' about it". Wise words that I can only hope that Whoopie, Sharpton, Jackson and others in the media who often speak as though they represent the unified voice of all blacks will adhere to.