A Victory For All of America

A lot of white people walked into a voting booth yesterday and faced their own prejudices head on. And they did the right thing. They voted for a better economy, a better energy system, an end to the war. They voted for Democratic candidate Barack Obama.

We should all be very proud of our country. For once, I think the color barrier really has been broken.

I went to high school before busing began to more fully integrate our schools. Although my sister and I had a few black friends, and they were welcome in our home, our social lives were basically segregated. I live in a town that is predominantly socially segregated today.

Younger adults who went to school later with a more racially mixed population have a much more open attitude toward inter-racial dating. For a whole lot of adults age 50 and older, this can still be a difficult thing to accept. Prejudice can live pretty deep down in our psyches.

I’ve always been interested in the Civil Rights movement and Vietnam War protesters. I also wonder if I would have been strong enough to take a stand and march in those days.

Yesterday I woke up and decided to conduct my own private Civil Rights march. I walked to the polls instead of driving and thought about how historic this election really is. History in the making.

For a black man to win the U.S. Presidency, a lot of white men and women in their 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s did more then just give lip service to the rights of equality. We are hearing about a lot of college educated white voters…but let’s not forget about the other voters. They dug down deep into their hearts and overcame some of the prejudices they still harbor. They voted for the issues, not the color of a man’s skin. This is a big deal.

This election even sparked the interest of my mother, who for months has said she did not want to vote anymore. She missed the opportunity yesterday, and last night, she said she kind of wished she had voted. She wanted to see Obama win.

We’ve come along way in just this one day. Obama has done so much more for America than maybe even he can realize.

The face and feel of America has changed overnight. This is truly a Civil Rights victory…and for many people, a personal victory as well.

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One Response to “A Victory For All of America”

  1. Theresa

    I certainly hope that your pick can do what he (and you) says.

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