So I was thinking about what Joseph said about Barak being elected would be a big change. I had a series of thoughts. “He shouldn’t be elected because he’s black any more than he shouldn’t be elected because he’s black. It should be about who he is. But then again, being black is part of who he is and where his perspective comes from. But what would that really mean for the black community? We have had blacks in high positions of leadership in business,politics and academia, etc for a while now. What would this particular statement be if we elected a black man? I don’t think we’ve failed to elect a black person simply because of his skin colour. Barak is the first black man to run who’s been viable. I’m sorry but Allan Keyes and Jesse Jackson are viable candidates like Ron Paul is a viable candidate; Maybe some good points, but not electable.
What would it mean for the black community to have a black president? What long term impact would it make in improving the lives of black people in America? It would be an amazing statement that a nation that once literally enslaved black people now has a black man as its highest leader. (I say “literally enslaved” because black people are still living in bondage – brought on by their culture and the culture as a whole…but that’s another blog.) Beyond the overall statement, would having a black president change the lives of kids living in the ghetto and getting kicked out of school or leaving to have a baby?
This is on my mind.