How proud I am today of Senator Barak Obama. How much I want this man to win the Nomination and then the Presidency. I want to cry at the prospect, dance through the aisles of the supermarket, lift up my voice and make a joyful noise. For I have not yet heard ANY politician be this honest, this truthful, this…real about what many of us are thinking and feeling. Is he perfect? No. He’s a man brought up in the United States that has said some sexist crap and is a little too sarcastic for my taste. But is he the best thing going in this country right now? Absolutely. Please check out his speech on race from today in Philadelphia (how I wish I was home!) And read the text of the speech – let’s stop relying on the media to give us the full story instead of just sound bites.
I will post here a passage that I love (but again – read the whole thing for yourself!!!):
“For the African-American community, that path means embracing the burdens of our past without becoming victims of our past. It means continuing to insist on a full measure of justice in every aspect of American life. But it also means binding our particular grievances – for better health care, and better schools, and better jobs – to the larger aspirations of all Americans — the white woman struggling to break the glass ceiling, the white man whose been laid off, the immigrant trying to feed his family. And it means taking full responsibility for own lives – by demanding more from our fathers, and spending more time with our children, and reading to them, and teaching them that while they may face challenges and discrimination in their own lives, they must never succumb to despair or cynicism; they must always believe that they can write their own destiny.
In the white community, the path to a more perfect union means acknowledging that what ails the African-American community does not just exist in the minds of black people; that the legacy of discrimination – and current incidents of discrimination, while less overt than in the past – are real and must be addressed. Not just with words, but with deeds – by investing in our schools and our communities; by enforcing our civil rights laws and ensuring fairness in our criminal justice system; by providing this generation with ladders of opportunity that were unavailable for previous generations. It requires all Americans to realize that your dreams do not have to come at the expense of my dreams; that investing in the health, welfare, and education of black and brown and white children will ultimately help all of America prosper.”