Posted by Warren Peterson on November 10, 2008
While I voted for John McCain, I fully recognize the worldwide significance of overwhelmingly electing our first non-white President. It may overcome any concerns, and I have many, about the policies he may pursue in concert with the left leaning congressional leaders Pelosi and Reid. What President Obama will actually do is yet to be determined but for the sake of the nation, I hope he governs from the center, not the left.
There may be a corollary benefit to Barack Obama’s election. Hopefully, it will end or at least begin to end the Jesse Jackson/Al Sharpton led race based victim hood business and truly fulfill Rev. Martin Luther King’s dream that people will be judged on the “content of their character” rather than the color of their skin. Along this line, read the Seattle PI Op Ed by Emeritus UW Professor Hubert Locke “A Letter to My Dad” and then read a response letter-to-the editor from Robert Bailey “Locke feels belated pride in US”.
There is a real divide between primarily older African-Americans who trace their roots back to slavery and preach a victim hood that can never be overcome and most everyone else. Barack Obama falls into the latter category but he inspires the former and their progeny. If he does nothing else but replace “victim” with “yes, we can”, he will have made a significant contribution.