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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Picture of the Day - 3

I still haven't really grasped the history of this yet, but it's starting to sink in.

(Left - Christine King Farris, sister of civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., is embraced by her granddaughter Farris Watkins.

Below - Celebrations at Howard University.)


  • I know what you mean. Part of it is that there is an existential cultural/racial chasm whereby I simply cannot know what the election of Barack Obama means to African-Americans.

    I've been less focused on Obama being black (bi-racial), than I have on the diverse cultural cross section of America that was A-OK with voting for him. That is, he was seen as a qualified candidate who was black and not the black candidate.

    Citizens, black and white, can look to Obama as "their" candidate.

    By Blogger -epm, at 2:24 PM  

  • I agree. His race has never been that big of an issue to me, once it was more or less moot in the politics of the voting.

    But, more than that, I'm kinda still in "campaign mode." I haven't stepped back yet to look at this "big."

    I'm just not there yet. As deep as I've gone in, it's going to take some time for me to step back out of the frame of the election itself.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 2:29 PM  

  • Reality will set in soon enough, but I expect the transition period to go smoothly enough... domestically speaking. I'm less sanguine about how Russia and Middle Eastern extremists will behave during this lame duck period.

    Personally, I think once Obama's actually in the Oval Office, his "blackness" will fade into the background. Indeed, assuming a competent first couple of years, his presidency may do more to abate latent racism than any legislation could ever do.

    I'm already chompin' at the bit to move on. "OK boss, what's the plan? Whadaya need me to do? Let's get this thing turned around."

    By Blogger -epm, at 2:53 PM  

  • That's the hope, you know, that he's the president, not the "black president."

    And, just watch the rollout. That's about all there is to do now.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 4:03 PM  

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