The past eight years have been a long downward slide. We accepted torture as an acceptable war time behavior. We sat silent while “suspects” were detained without legal representation. We watched a political campaign that played on our differences, our fears, our prejudices. We sat helplessly as our economy crashed.
The prescription for what ailed us was hope. Would cynicism prevail?
Anyone who believes that slavery was simply the result of racial prejudice, does not understand history. Slavery was the key ingredient to this nation’s plantation based economy. This country’s disdain of black skin was to some extent due to its love of green paper.
So, how incredibly ironic that more than a century after the end of slavery, tonight this country resoundingly turned to a black man to fix our economy!
We also are turning to him to fix our self esteem. We have agreed to trade cynicism for hope. We have said enough to politics as usual. We have said enough to talking one way but walking another. We have said enough to divisiveness over foolish artificial differences.
We are the first western country to select a black man to lead us. We are now truly an example to the world. I can now look at my beautiful black daughter and tell her that she can be anything she wants to be, without exception, without caveat.
My emotions interfere with the cohesiveness of this post. I am truly overcome. I have always felt that this was the best country for a disabled black man to be born in. No where else could I have had the opportunities I have had here. Still, I am so doubly proud to be an American tonight.
After 100’s of years on the wrong road, we finally said enough.