There’s an old joke that a Black man in America can be anything except for two things: (1) White, and (2) President.
The update to that joke says “…and Michael Jackson proved the first one wrong”.
The more recent version now includes “…and Barack Obama proved the second one wrong”.
On a serious note, I can find at least one good thing about Barack Obama’s win… The Black population of America no longer has ANY excuse for under-achieving. If there is a will to achieve—if there is a will to succeed—one can! No longer can Black America hide behind the race barrier as an excuse.
That may be all I find of significance in his win.
Some of you will say “What a great day it is when we can elect a Black man to be President of the United States of America.” I addressed this many posts ago—that day is long overdue. Overdue because racial divides existed in this country (and still do) for much too long.
However, America has not arrived yet. The true test of America is not whether we can elect a Black man to the highest office, but whether we can have a Black candidate who runs a hugely popular campaign, loses despite his best efforts—and NOT have riots in the streets.
What am I suggesting? That had Barack Obama lost, there would have been a racial outcry in this country that has not been heard in decades. The accusations along racial lines would have been deafening. If you thought people were upset about Bush/Gore, just try to imagine the outrage about McCain beating Obama!
You see, there are those who would object to someone NOT voting for Obama because he is Black, yet those same individuals WOULD vote for him simply because he is.
There is a double standard in this country with race at its heart. It’s the same double standard that says it’s OK for Blacks to use the “N” word, but not Whites. It’s the same double standard that looks twice at a Black/White couple where the man is White and the woman is Black—but glares at the Black/White couple where the man is Black, the woman is White.
What has America achieved racially? We have reached a day where the college-aged voters, Blacks, and Hispanics have a loud enough voice to defeat Barack Obama’s opponent—but against 56,649,409 million voters (46%) who said “NObama”.
This victory was largely about (1) Sanctioning the Republican party over disapproval of George Bush, (2) The desire for the lower classes to have greater prosperity, (3) Reaching the disinterested and previously disenfranchised non-voting minorities, (4) Exploitation of techonolgy in sending a message to voters, (5) Saturation of all available media with that message, (6) And turning out voters.
To that end, Bravo!, Mr Obama! You did well.
As for whether you can do what you promised—and you’ve already been backing off of some of those promises—that remains to be seen.
And even if you do, let’s see if you are truly good for America.