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It Was A Happy Inauguration Day

22 Jan

I was glad to be home today to watch President Barack Obama’s second inauguration into office.

The pomp and ceremony, the presence of past presidents Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, the sharp outfits–though my sister-in-law mentioned she missed Aretha’s hat–the strength and grace radiating from our President’s being, filled me with pride, filled me with hope for our country, but more importantly for all of us as human beings.  An excerpt from President Obama’s speech shows the latter:

 

“It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law. For if we are truly created equal then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well…Our journey is not complete until we can find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity.”

 

I was also touched by Myrlie Evers William’s invocation. Her deep, passionate voice called for us to work together.  I was moved by the singing of  The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, James Taylor, Kelly Clarkson, and of course, Beyonce. The poem by Richard Blanco, One Today, a majestic universal journey in words of our connectedness to one another, still resides inside of me.

I am not a political person, and so what I held onto today was not the talk of energy, climate change or the economy, although, of course, those are all important issues.  What made me proud, what gave me hope for humanity, was our President’s words about social justice and true equality for all of us–women, men, children, immigrants, gay, straight, old and young.  This was the first time a President mentioned gay equality in an inauguration speech.  The President did also speak, I think more so than in his past, of diversity and equal opportunity for all, and the need for all of us to work collectively to achieve this.  His urging to have us look beyond our own individual, rigid beliefs, to help one another, to all of us help move ourselves as human beings and as a nation forward in a positive way was inspirational.  That notion and the action to live those words for the next four years and beyond, is something we can all strive to do.

I know I can be accused of being a Pollyanna, but I’d rather believe we can do this than not.  Four more years.

 

 

Re-post: The Root Explores Whether Obama Has Made the U.S. Postracial

1 Aug

On my About page, my first line reads… people say we live in a post-racial society with the election of Barack Obama as our first black President.

I didn’t agree with that statement when Obama was elected in 2008, and now, The Root, with it’s July 30th posting of Jesse Washington’s article from the Associated Press,  Has Obama Made the US Postracial?, is revisiting that question four years later, to see if Americans feel the matter of race has changed in our country.

It seems some people think things have gotten better, some think it’s gotten worse, some blame Obama for being anti-white, some blame Obama for not supporting the black community enough, some think at least we are talking about race more openly.

What do you think?

 

Has Obama Made the US Postracial?

 

Has Obama Made the US Postracial?

(Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

As America approaches a new presidential election in November, Jesse Washington, national writer on race and ethnicity for the Associated Press, digs into the country’s race relations. Are people singing in ethnic harmony now that we’ve had nearly four years with Obama, or are our racist skeletons emerging from the proverbial closets? According to Washington, people are more aware of our racial differences.

As the nation moves toward the multiracial future heralded by this son of an African father and white mother, the events of Obama’s first term, and what people make of them, help trace the racial arc of his presidency.

Shortly before the 2008 election, 56 percent of Americans surveyed by the Gallup organization said that race relations would improve if Obama were elected. One day after his victory, 70 percent said race relations would improve and only 10 percent predicted they would get worse.

Just weeks after taking office, Obama said, “There was justifiable pride on the part of the country that we had taken a step to move us beyond some of the searing legacies of racial discrimination.”

Then he joked, “But that lasted about a day.”

Read Jesse Washington’s entire piece at theAssociated Press.

The Root aims to foster and advance conversations about issues relevant to the black Diaspora by presenting a variety of opinions from all perspectives, whether or not those opinions are shared by our editorial staff.

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SOURCE:  www.theroot.com, Has Obama Made The US Postracial?, Jesse Washington via the Associated Press, July 30, 2012