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Barack Obama- Hope for what was seemingly Lost
Not too long ago the hope of ever seeing a black man become president of the United States of America was sullen… for many there was no hope, even the dreams that some clung on to were tattered and fading. For countless years they had heard of and/or witnessed the discrimination and inequality that for many had become a way of life. These people were strong people, determined people, people who wanted justice, were grateful for their freedom and knew how long and tiresome the fight had been. They knew Rosa’s story, some marched with Martin when he fought the good fight. They believed in Martin’s dream and even though the odds were against them, they knew the fight was worth fighting. Then Martin was taken away from them. It were as if everything good that was ever given to them as a people only lasted for a season and that season was never long enough for the fight to be won. They dreamed that one day their diminishing hope would return in the form of something real. Barack Obama is that something real.
Upon his nomination for the presidential candidacy many were skeptical. They knew there was something about him, but with years of disappointments logged in their memory banks and the only progression being millimeters instead of leaps and bounds, it wasn’t easy to believe. It was hard to believe that maybe, just maybe their something real was happening. After all, who wanted to believe again when each and every time they believed, their hope was snatched from underneath them? It was hard for those who had fought, lived through the fight or even had the fight instilled in them to believe that someone that looked like them had a chance to become the President of the United States of America. It was unforeseen that in their lifetime someone that looked like them could represent them, could understand their plight and fight for what they believed in.
It took some time, but they began to believe again. They wanted to hear what this man had to say. Not just because he looked like them, but because something about his connection to the people lured them in. Something about how his words felt right made them feel included in his fight.
They also felt a since of warmth for the notion that he loved someone who looked like them, who connected to them, who could be their mother, sister, aunt or wife.
Their Black Love was admired and respected.
I stand with those people whose chests are swollen with pride today. I stand with those people who truthfully didn’t foresee a black man becoming president anytime in the foreseeable future. I stand with those people who appreciate Barack Obama’s commitment to the people and admire his dedication to family and to this country.
I stand with those that know the fight continues.
Congratulations President Barack Obama!
Inauguration 2009 from the Memphis Commercial Appeal
Barack Obama- A History in Photos from Rolling Stone Magazine
My soul is uplifted
I am overcome with joy
My heart beats a mile a minute & I feel a sense of triumph
Last night when Barack Obama was announced as the President of the United States of America, for a moment I sat there in sort of a surreal state. It wasn’t that I didn’t believe the words I had just heard, it was just that at that moment there were so many emotions spiraling through my body that I couldn’t move. I couldn’t speak or even blink my eyes. I just sat there…dreamy and speechless.
For as long as I can remember African Americans have said “One day there will be a black president”. As a child growing up I heard adults say it and as I grew older I became a “one day” believer. I believed that one day; hopefully in my lifetime, we would have a black president. I would like to say I knew it would happen, but that would not be completely true. I believed that it would happen, but I never fully gave in to the thought of knowing that it would happen. As time passed many of those who dreamed of that “one day” began to give up hope. Our ancestors had prayed for it, our parents had dreamed of it and we as the new generation had spoke of it…but it was still just “one day”. With hope in their hearts and pleading eyes, we held on to that dream that seemed to be forever coming.
The people of the United States of America desired change. We refused to continue on with the way things were. We knew there had to be a better way, a way that didn’t overlook the little people, a way that considered us all, a way that wanted to help those who needed help and make us all feel that it was “our government.” For too many years to count, many people have felt that they were overlooked. They felt underpaid and overtaxed. Throughout those years of frustration the little people felt overlooked. These Americans felt that there was no government looking out for them. They were only pawns in a jacked up world of money and power and they had neither.
When Barack Obama was nominated for the Democratic Presidential Candidate some were skeptical. Many of the same people who had belief in their hearts that this country could succeed with a non white president became critics and skeptics. Now that the dream was being fulfilled before their eyes, they didn’t know how to accept it. Sometimes when something is only a vision for so long, when it becomes reality the acceptance is fueled with hesitation and fear.
November 4, 2008 is a historic day. I am ecstatic about playing a part in electing our new President. Not just electing a black president, because he is much more than that. He is the change we believed in. He gave us hope when all seemed lost. When things seemed so tragic and dark for the little people Barack Obama came along and said that he wanted to make things right. For that I applaud him as not The Black President but as The President of the United States of America.
Congratulations Barack Obama!
“It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to where we are today, but we have just begun. Today we begin in earnest the work of making sure that the world we leave our children is just a little bit better than the one we inhabit today. “