Young Voices

Thursday, November 13, 2008

History in the Making

Tuesday, November 4, 2008, was a historic day in my life as well as (in the life of many other) we watched Senator Barack Obama become the first bi-racial (African-American and Caucasian) President of the United States. A day some say was a dream coming true, a spark of hope coming to fruition, and one some thought would never occur. I ran around every floor in my dorm and even outside to let the news be heard once Obama had claimed the electoral votes from California to put him over the needed 270 electoral votes. I couldn't put into words the way I felt, but my smile, joy, energy and tears put it into perspective.

As I thought about how this was a major step for humankind, I also realized this was only the beginning of what so many consider a never ending battle of societal constraints. It can be considered the best and worst day for African-Americans and minorities, for what is laid upon our 44th elected president is more than a title or the nation's people, but a compilation of civil rights leaders' aspirations, our future racial climate, and either an opening up or shutting down of the barriers some believe are now demolished.

Barack Obama is a catalyst for America to either exercise its supposed racial equality, equal treatment towards all, and freedom from the bigotry that has caused us not be united for centuries, or for the intensified unfair treatment of others based on factors they cannot necessarily control. A magnifying glass is placed upon Obama, and he symbolizes more than a man, but every minority and their abilities. For if he does well, the image of minorities may be improved, but if he does not, some may judge the entire minority population for his decisions and outcome.

To me, America's bigotry now sits on the middle of a teeter-totter, on one end are prejudice, racism, and intolerance, and on the other end is what I can only call bliss and heaven on Earth.