The Significance of Color…


I have had a few conversations with friends about the significance of a black Person being this close to becoming president of the United States. This is a big deal to many African Americans (especially descendants of slaves) because of America’s past and present relationship with our group of people, which I should not have to explain. Barack Obama is not our “great black hope” — we don’t think he’s going to solve all the problems in the black community. At the end of the day, he is politician. But like it or not, Obama represents something to us — “hope” and “change.” Hope that for the first time in our nation’s history, a black kid will see a person that looks like him/her as the Democratic candidate for president of the United States and will then strive for greatness. He represents change to a 70-year old-black man or woman who has endured America’s treatment of blacks and witnessed the changes in attitudes through the years. If you’re not black, you may not understand how that feels — and that’s okay. But please don’t try to down play the significance of this because of your fears or misunderstanding of our pride! 

The United States was established around 178, and (black/African) slaves arrived on  the shores very shortly after to work in our country’s fields, farms and swamps.  Slavery was abolished in 1865, but black people did not have the right to vote until almost 100 years later — in 1964! During this nation’s entire 227 years of existence, there has never being one single black official presidential candidate — until now.  I cannot and will not understand how that can be looked over, and why we can’t be proud when we see him on TV.

I want this to be clear! I don’t think that all black people should vote for Senator Obama because of his skin color.  Voting is serious and you should vote for the person that you  have educated yourself about and believe in.

When I watched this on TV the other day,  I knew I had to post it. Thank you Bob Schieffer!!! You really drove my point home!

In 1962, riots erupted on the campus of Ole Miss in protest of the university’s first black student. In 2008, the school welcomed a historic debate with a black candidate. Bob Schieffer comments.


One Response to “The Significance of Color…”

  1. troup Says:

    Exactly! Well put.

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