| ||I remember when I was a kid, and the civil rights thing was in full bloom. Martin Luther King Jr's speech, "I had a dream" of racial equality has words that sound so odd to me now, because where I sit, racism is gone.|
I'm part of an inter-racial marriage. Doesn't seem like it because it's so normal these days. When Melissa comes with my family to Dim Sum, the only cultural divide is her asking what's in that bun. Friends who are black, I don't think of as "black". In my mind, racism is gone.
Except on the ski hill. I have to say this. Asians from Vancouver cannot ski or snowboard. They try to look cool with their spiky hair in weird colors and the expensive clothing, but they can't get down the hill so you have to maneuver around them.
If the U.S. wasn't divided enough - (are you saved? Are you a neoconservative? how do you feel about gay marriage, etc.) now we truly have a black candidate. Being in the primaries wasn't close enough to the REAL possibility of a black man in office. We started to see it in the primaries, where counties in WV overwhelmingly went for the white candidate. When it comes time to the real election, the race divide is going to erupt its ugly head once again.
That makes me sad. When the Cosby show came out, and America got a brand-new, all black "Brady Bunch" - professional, beautiful people with a beautiful family - we all climbed on board. I think the Cosby show did more to meld the racial divide than anything. We wanted to hang out with the Cosby's, and we did every Thursday night.
Oprah came into awareness - and we just love Oprah. We don't think of her as a black woman, at least I don't. I think of her as Oprah. Oprah can come into any country club, drink from any faucet, ride in the front of any bus. That might not have been so easy 50 years ago.
Now there is a broken United States needing a new leader to fix it. The great hope that Obama offers is "change". I think he is a great speaker. He can whip up a crowd like nobody I've seen in years. But for a President to have a lot of power, he has to have a mandate. A mandate is a complete popular backing that allows him to walk up to Congress and say, "the people like me... they back me... if you don't back me, then the people won't back you". That's how Clinton passed so much legislation - more than any President than Eisenhower. He had the popularity behind him.
Having Obama in the race is a fantastic leap forward, but I fear the racial divide. Without a mandate, people are going to fight any good ideas he comes up with with hesitation, will cover their ears to his proposals, simply because he is black. That makes me sad.
In the coming campaign, he warned that "They are going to make me into a monster!" Yes, this is politics, and I am sure it is going to get ugly.
The United States is a broken country on crumbling foundations, and it is about to go. It's gone geo-politically and it is about to crumble financially. I see it so clearly here in Greece. The next President will have to watch the wildfire holding nothing but a single bucket of water. In a way, I want Obama to win, but then I know there's not a lot he's going to be able to fix. The wildfire will spread, and people will say, "see?" and he'll lose popularity and the ability to steer anything.
| ||Posted 6/24/2008 11:54 PM - 7131 Views - 20 eProps - 27 comments|
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