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A Day of Celebration January 22, 2009

Posted by shwaldman in Politics, Society.
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We take it for granted. “We” being white people. After 43 white male presidents, it is really difficult to understand the joy, pride, relief, elation, … words can not describe the feelings many African Americans must feel as President Barack Obama begins his Presidency. As a young, white male who was not around during the Civil Rights Movement, has always been aware of the systemic discrimination that occurred, but never directly affected by it, it is really hard to grasp what occurred on Tuesday.

A local radio station (Channel 955) personality, Kyra, wrote this note on her MySpace page. She read it aloud for the radio and I think you too will find it captures so many emotions. (It may take a minute or two to load depending on your Internet connection.)

LISTEN: PART 1

But I am proud too. I am proud that the day after we celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 80th birthday, we are able to present a gift of evidence. Evidence of the fact that our country is moving past the background of person or the color of their skin. Barack Obama inspired a nation. Even with the dark hours of the last eight years, people are now excited. They are excited by the promise of a brighter future.

I, like many, found President Obama’s speech quite depressing. It was dark. But is was consistent. It was accurate to the pciture of our country. We are down and we need to dig deep. I look forward to seeing how we can continue the togetherness this election has brought us and seeing the progress we can make in the next four years. We have a long way to go and I hope we as a country are not putting unfair expectations on our President. He is just another one of us afterall – albeit an extremely bright and inspiring one.

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