I used to wonder how bad it had to get before America would realize that maybe someone else should get a turn to run this country? I think the events of the last week(s)have most nearly answered that question for me...
FIRST let me say that I abhor racists! Ahh... now that we have that out in the open, I have to say; America does not belong to white people, nor any group of people exclusively, for that matter. Unfortunately, some of our caucasian brethren from previous generations took great pains to institute a system that would perpuate that very ideal; someone that looks like THEM must be its First Citizen, its direct representative. WTF? When did there come a time that one group could or should represent us? Never! Yet, here we are in 2008. We have a bi-racial candidate to lead the Democratic Party and since the MSM makes it a talking point that his father is Kenyan, for all practical purposes; HE IS BLACK.
Our economy on the verge of collapse, after 7 years of a thorough TRASHING of our collective reputation as Americans (see Bush administration) and everyone is looking for answers. And guess who's got 'em? The Black guy... How ironic is that. It would be easy to say, "thats what YOU get white people!", but there is no "turnabout is fair play" in this story. Because for once in my life i am seing TRUE unity in this country. The ones who are showing the most love, the most unbridled support, and the most DETERMINATION to get our candidate elected are, and I hope you're sitting down... WHITE PEOPLE.
The reason why is the inspiration for this diary. These people are NOT WHITE people FIRST; they are AMERICANS FIRST. As are ALL of the myriad supporters that have gotten behind Barack Obama! Obama supporters are from EVERY background, EVERY hue, EVERY financial stratum, and several different generations. We are all brothers and, since a picture is worth thousand words, any random photo of an Obama rally will verify it! Plainly and simply, we all need to tap into that energy, that motivation that comes from just being proud of being an American: That Michael Phelps 8-gold medal proud, that '92 Dream Team proud, that '91 Super Bowl national anthem proud!
And, there are people who will address the "race issue" head on!!
I watched a video that moved me to tears today. A man named Rick Trumka, i think, from the AFL-CIO, really got to the heart of the fact that we all need to work together and gave a powerful and heartfelt speech detailing why "the color of his skin" was not sufficient reason to vote against Barack Obama. He went on to state in a rousing and very emotional fashion that Barack is the ONLY candidate that has what it takes to lead us out of this place we are in as a nation. Damn. People are seeing the truth and, more importantly, they are acting on it. I said all of that to say this... the "racist white man/woman/child/fill in the space" is rapidly being relegated to the museums of our sordid past. And, we all are realizing through this election that the people that have meticulously plotted to force us to hate our own brothers and sisters and blame them for our misfortunes have been exposed as the actual engineers of our current fate. They could only keep us apart so long, my AMERICAN brothers(thats AMERICAN without the bull*%#t hyphenated ethnicities). Now that we are reunited, lets show those who are still DETERMINED to be IGNORANT that....YES (OF COURSE) WE CAN!!!