If you don't like Obama because of his views or his political stance or if you just feel he wouldnt do a good job you had your very fair shot of
letting your opinion be heard by voting. The election is over. America has spoken. He is our President-elect. Lets move on....
Now as far as the whole white/black issue; whether white people can comment or not; whether they are being racist or not....
As an African-American it was indeed a proud moment to finally see 'a black man in office' but because he was a good choice, I feel. The race issue
only comes up because he was the first to do it. I'd be just as proud as a woman, if a qualified woman took the office. The reason so many white
people are catching backlash is because of our circumstances.
History proves that as African Americans we were brought here as slaves to be nothing more than slaves. To work for 'the white man' but never be his
equal. We were denyed equal rights, fair opportunity, basic education and simple humanity. To get to the point we are now; just to be able to be able
to eat at the same restaurant as a white person, was a STRUGGLE with all odds against us. Just take a moment and digest that so maybe you can begin to
understand the mind set....ok?
HOLD ON TO THAT FOR ONE MINUTE.....
Now, The President of the United States is often considered the most powerful man in America (obviously) and maybe in the WORLD. He's to be revered,
a symbol of strength for this country, a beacon of light towards equality, he represents the American people (ideally) and above all he is RESPECTED.
For ONCE, he happens to be a black man. Its not about a "brother making a come-up"! Its about finally having the opportunity to see be seen as an
equal in an ULTIMATE way. To come from Chicken George to Chief of Staff in a few short years. Again, just to have the opportunity to stand among those
few great men that were elected into office is huge!
Because we didnt come to America bright eyed through Ellis Island in search of a better tomorrow like so many immigrants did.
They stole us from our homes, put us on a boat, sold and traded us like livestock and told us that was all we would ever be good for. And somehow,
against all odds and some 200 years later, Barack Obama, an African American, is President. We have evolved! We overcame! We have ARRIVED! Give us
this moment....we've waited a long time for this type of recognition. Because honestly White America, compared to African Americans, you guys had a
hell of a head start!
Point being, I think I speak for a greater majority of educated Black American people when I say that we are just PROUD....simple as that. We are SO
VERY PROUD that not only do we have a black president, but we have a QUALIFIED one at that. Barack didn't make it into office because all the black
people in America voted him in....We had help. There were plenty of white people that helped and as black people we know that, and it makes the
victory that much sweeter.
So if you just so happen to have a negative opinion of President-elect Obama and you just so happen to catch a dirty look from your African-American
counter-part, and before you become un-done because SUDDENLY your comfort level has been compromised, try to display a little racial empathy. If he
just isn't doing his job as a president then please, hold him accountable. But to emphasize his inablity to adhere to your standard of excellence
simply because hes a black president not only shows complete insensitivity but ignorance as well.
Dont rain on our parade, we didnt make the rules, we're just trying to stay in the game.