Tuesday, June 3, 2008

History, Hope

Obama is not my candidate, but tonight I feel overwhelmed from the top of my head to the tips of my toes that an African-American has secured the Democratic nomination for the Presidency. It's late in coming, too late, and it shouldn't be significant, but it is. It has got to be a sign that we're headed in the right direction, that we are starting to see beyond ethnicity and labels, and that old wounds have begun to heal.

From Martin Luther King Jr: "I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word."


  1. Beautiful words from Luther King Jr. I guess I'll just have to live in hope that someday we will get there.

  2. We've got to keep on wishing, hoping, dreaming....and I'll be the first to admit that I struggle with it, knowing the voting record in our nation. And, I must ask, if he's not your candidate, then is McCain? Oh my.

  3. Lewis! Oh my. I said that wrong. John Edwards was my candidate. Then Hillary. Now Obama. McCain is not now, nor will he ever be, my candidate!

  4. LSL, we had the same train of candidates. :)

    Beautiful quote. I believe it, too.

  5. Hey, I just had that same moment a few days ago about Obama!

    I'm not an American myself, but knowing that he secred the Democtratic nomination is honestly overwelming. It's really a great day for mankind.

  6. I'm not really sure I have a candidate, but yes, I think it's exciting that a black man captured the nomination of a major party in the US. Hope does, indeed, spring eternal.