He Did it!

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A tornado hit my area yesterday knocking out our electricity for 24 hours, os I couldn’t mark the moment on my blog:

He did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Obama ’08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s official!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and I am satisfied!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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And at the same time, I can not be 100% satisfied, because as proud/happy as I am to have lived to say the day when a black person can actually be a viable candidate for president, the more I hear “historical, this” and “historical that” in reference him clinching the nomination, I’m wondering how that will affect the way people look at black folk and their status in society as a whole.

Will it be the Oprah effect? i.e. “Well Oprah is a successful, educated black woman and that proves that racism etc. doesn’t exist anymore.”

I’m not naive, Obama is not some messiah on earth, and minority/women leaders who make it into the head of state/top position in their respective nations aren’t necessarily the greatest boost to the minority groups they represent: Benazir Bhutto, Margaret Thatcher, Golda Meir etc.

maybe I am being selfish, but it’s time to figure out what clinching this nomination means to me 🙂

I’m trying to make sense of this stuff in my head… ;-/

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2 thoughts on “He Did it!

  1. KG

    Yes, I think the “Oprah effect” can be rather dangerous here. It’s great that Obama has shown that a black man can win the nomination of a major political party in this country. But one has to be cautious about extrapolating Obama’s success to the experiences of minorities in the U.S. (I.e. “Well Obama is a successful, educated black man and that proves that racism etc. doesn’t exist anymore.” Obama is not really a “typical” black man, and by that I mean that his experiences don’t necessarily reflect the experiences of most African Americans. For example, didn’t he go to school in the Philippines? So it’s not like he went all the way through the American school system.
    That being said, each person is different so there is always going to be something that makes someone an exception.

  2. It’s been a while since I read his memoir, but I believe hat although he spent a few years in Indonesia, but he is for the most part the product of the American school system.

    I’m thinking more along the lines of having had the ivy league education and such. Then again, like you said each person is different. What is the typical “black” experience?

    I’m wondering how people will walk the balance of being proud of this achievement in American society and also being aware of how far we still need to go.

    The same could be said for the women, at the end of the day the number of women in congress is pitiful, despite having a female secretary of state, speaker of the house, and first serious presidential bid. and we still get paid 88cents or so to the dollar.

    eh, still thinking

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