The dull motor of an electric toothbrush followed by a burst of water from our showerhead is what did it. I was awake and looking above as the first rays of light shone through our bedroom sheers. Was it all a dream or did it really happen? Is Barack Obama the new president-elect? My mind searched for the answer. Slowly images of the new first family taking the stage appeared then I remembered Obama’s fantastic acceptance speech. I closed my eyes and smiled. "Yes we can!" Such joy is hard to explain. How much prayer went on before I cast my vote yesterday? All I know is that God answered because actually he had annointed and appointed Obama for this task. All obstacles had been moved.
Yes God worked a miracle for all to behold. He is awesome! Putting it simply, we need Barack for our president. Not just because he will do the job well, but also to help our nation heal from the wounds of prejudice. And more than that, African-Americans need him to spark our culture to change. As a people we need to change our self image; this self hate, apathy and do-nothing attitude that plagues us by the multitude. Now is our time to walk proud in a new America. Where all races can come together to support the best candidate to lead our country, regardless of the color of his skin.
It even feels like I’m breathing new air and seeing all people and now, they see me too. I’ve always been a proud American but today I held my head higher. As an African-American I am proud of this new and serious proof that we are not stupid, nor are we bad. As people in general our cultures may be different but we are the same in so many ways. Now based on this great thing that has happened, let us respect each other and move forward for the healing that we so desperately need.
On top of our nation benefiting from the new black President, what about the rest of the world. What does it say to them? I don’t know exactly how each country will perceive us but I have to say it will be different and perhaps a bit better than it was before. We are evolving and growing and learning to love as a country. It’s a beautiful thing to behold. I never thought I’d see this happen in my lifetime, but it did. And I’m so happy to be a part of it all!
Ever since I learned the plegde in elementary school, I have always loved it. It always had meaning and truth to me even as a child. I say it today, as I make a new plegde to do my part to help President Obama with his mission! Hand over heart and here I go:
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,
And to the Republic for which it stands:
One nation under God, indivisible
With Libery and Justice for all.
Spread love yall.