I am still struggling to come up with the words to convey my response to the election of Barack Obama. (Or should I say presumed election? The Electoral College has yet to meet and they could spend all their time trying to finally decide on a mascot. I would prefer the monkey.) Nevertheless, nearly two weeks have past and I have feeling that, like has happened so often in my life, if I do not do it now, I will never do it, so here goes…
There are many things I would like to see happen in the world as well as the United States of America and most are also things I do not believe ever will happen. While it was hardly on the top of my wish list, a black president of the U.S. of A. was something that I wanted to happen if only because it should happen and also a near impossibility in my mind till earlier this year when it became increasingly clear that Obama was likely to be the nominee of the Democratic Party.
Yes, I know about all the demographic trends and that rap music is popular with white kids in areas that have two blacks per thousand residents, but I just never thought I would see it. Suffrage rights would be drastically curtailed first, I presumed.
And so, despite my many criticisms of Obama, I take a very small degree of joy in his victory. Maybe if this one once seemingly impossible to conceive of bit of news has happened, it is slightly less preposterous to imagine that a country that produced Sonny Sharrock and The Simpsons could find a way to feel good about itself that doesn’t involve electing someone with a certain pigmentation or killing people in other countries.