We witnessed history in the making yesterday folks in selecting the first African-American President-Elect to govern this great nation. This is monumental, not only for our African-American brothers and sisters, but for all non-WASP people who have ever dreamed that one day, we may achieve success in this right-center, Anglo dominated country. Barack Hussein Obama, born to an immigrant father and a white woman from Kansas, represents the new face of America, one that is not so easily categorized but reflects the true complexity of what our nation has become.
You can hear President-Elect Obama’s victory speech in Chicago again here:
One thing that he made clear is that he will represent all Americans from every state and will listen to voices of those who did not vote for him in charting a course to bring us back to prosperity. One passage from an editorial that particularly struck me from the NY Times was this:
“His triumph was decisive and sweeping, because he saw what is wrong with this country: the utter failure of government to protect its citizens. He offered a government that does not try to solve every problem but will do those things beyond the power of individual citizens: to regulate the economy fairly, keep the air clean and the food safe, ensure that the sick have access to health care, and educate children to compete in a globalized world.”
In ending this post, I leave you some Sam Cooke. Whenever I hear “A change is gonna come,” I can’t help but reflect on the Obama campaign.