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It's almost too hard to believe! Like many, I am extremely happy at last night's election. I'm really overjoyed to be honest! America will now have a black president in Barack Obama. It's a victory for African America from many vantage points. First, one of its own has reached a height that, pre-Obama, most probably thought could not now be attained. Whatever your views about politics in this country, one would have to be uber cynical to not feel optimistic and hopeful about that accomplishment. Second, and more important, this country will now have a real progressive voice in the presidency again. President Obama may have to govern from the center, but, at the very least, he will do so with a clear understanding of the issues and concerns of the left, the middle class, and of the poor. In many ways that will bear fruit for our country and our community in the years to come - whether its in securing affordable health care for all Americans, or leading a more intelligent foreign policy, or creating incentives for American companies to bring jobs back, or whether it is jump-starting a new economy based upon clean and green technologies. Barack will have an extraordinary impact on our country. In many ways, he is the right man at the right time!

For over a year I've said that one of the most powerful consequences of a Barack Obama presidency is the potential impact it could have on African American young people. I am so hopeful about him inspiring them to meaningfully expand the horizons of their aspirations and dreams. Growing up, my mother consistently and strategically told me that I can do anything in life. I can't tell you how important that positive reinforcement was. Even today, I benefit from those words as they sustain me through the natural moments of doubt that we all have. For African American young people to be able to have someone who looks just like them in the White House, as the most powerful man on the planet, it will hopefully deliver a similar empowering message to them that will resonate, perhaps, for generations to come. My hope is that it will propel a whole swath of young black folks to reach just a bit farther and to achieve just a bit more in their lives. This could be the most important aspect of Obama's victory last night.

Barack Obama's election rightfully has generated a tremendous amount of emotion throughout African America, our entire nation, and the world. We saw Jesse Jackson and John Lewis shedding tears last night. They were not alone. While this is a moment that deserves that kind of reaction, it is also important to somewhat more soberly assess the impact of Barack's election. A number of people last night, both black and white, tried to frame Barack's election in a historical context. Naturally, they were romantically talking about "how far we've come", and about MLK's "Dream". While I enthusiastically agree with where those sentiments are coming from, I think it's important that we not over reach.

Barack Obama's election is not a 'be all, end all' event for either this country or our community. Many commentators last night expressed the opinion that Obama's election symbolized broad racial accomplishment in this country. They both inferred, and said, that "We Have Overcome". I respectfully disagree. It is not a different United States of America on November 5, 2008 than on November 4. Unfortunately, this is still the same country that has been constructed to, at almost every turn, suppresses our opportunity, our aspirations, and our dreams.

I've often likened how things work in this country to a board game with a defined set of rules designed to perpetuate the 'American Way of Life' - in all its both grandeur and ignominy. In my opinion, Barack's victory says nothing about America changing the fundamental rules of the game to be more inclusive of African Americans generally. What it says is that if you learn to play the game, if you learn the rules and play them better than anyone else - then your skill at mastering those rules, their rules, can trump the color of your skin. It can be overlooked. It can be excused. It can be ignored.

White America still operates out of a sense of self-interest. It does what is clearly best for it. All communities do. Much of the hell that black folks catch here is because of the conflict between our interests and theirs. It is the tension between those positions, the fact that they have 'the power' and we don't that defines much of the racial landscape in America. What Barack Obama did more artfully than ever was to present himself to the American people as a unique solution to a growing and painful set of problems that they have. Obama is the antidote to Bush, to the Iraq War, to a sagging economy, to high oil prices etc., etc., etc. Let's also not forget, voting for Barack Obama allows white America to feel progressive and sophisticated about race. They are hip and cool and "post racial". In that context, whites throughout this country, voted less for a black man and more for a specific solution. Barack presented himself in a way that made white America believe that he was going to advance their interests. And within the almost 'perfect storm' of political events that we find ourselves in - plus an opponent who's weaknesses made him particularly unequipped to address those challenges - Barack presented the best political alternative, and therefore won.

Americans should be proud of Barack Obama. We should be joyful at his election. But we should also be clear that we haven't "arrived" at some mythical racial Nirvana in this country. We have, to be sure, passed another meaningful way point on the American racial journey - and that is to be commended. But let's be clear: black family net worth will still be disproportionately lower, blacks will still be disproportionately incarcerated, black children will still disproportionately suffer from poor quality education, African America will still face fewer options and less opportunity in America. The combination of race (black) and class (poor) still disproportionately locks African Americans into poverty. In and of itself, those issues do not dissolve just because America voted for Barack Obama.

The proverbial "Mountain Top" that MLK envisioned, I believe, includes an America where all manner of legal, social, and economic fairness and equity define the day. It is a place where "All Men (and women) Are Created Equal"; where each American has a legitimate shot at the brass ring of "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness". "President Barack Obama" is a wonderful accomplishment, but his election in and of itself does not mean that America has overcome its racial past or its current problem as it relates to race.

All hail the chief! Let's be happy. Let's be hopeful. I am enthusiastic that President Obama will make significant inroads on our collective, national, problems. I so much look forward to his administration. The vision of his daughters roaming around the White House a la Caroline and JFK Jr. is absolutely heart warming for me. Let's just also realize that we all have a lot of work to do to make this country what it can, and should, be. Let's not bask, but let's be energized toward action!

We are overcoming! tfro

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Remeber, if the election were to be left up to white people, Obama would have not been elected. So in that regard, thank God for the so-called "minorities." Also I have hope for the future since young white voters under 29 voted for Obama 54-41. That's the only white demographic (apart from the liberals and Democrats of course) that actually went for Obama. Too bad we have to deal with the rest of the throwbacks.
fro This is a glorious DAY regardless of the existing obstacles already in front of us. There has been worse. In my lifetime, I have seen white only signs. I have witnessed jim crow angsts innocent blackfolks....I also have heard blacks called subhumans...for no reason other than just plain old fashion "hate." So. For me, this moment in our time.......is priceless. It's a different thing to have a close election....but! Obama acquired 338 electral[sp] votes to McCain 145. And he won very early in the election. Which says HUGE things about where we are going/headed as African Americans if we carefully make every step count.... So. I'm currently thrilled. fro
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Have we overcome?? No .. not yet! Smile We're on the way, though! We're getting there.

In the spirit of fairness and giving credit where credit is due, I think it should not be overlooked that we have not achieved this progress all by ourselves. White folks have helped. And I think their contribution should be duly noted.

Yes, it's sad but true that they actually had to be forced into simple acts of humanity when it came to doing the right thing about their hatred and racist ways. A good many of them went down kicking and screaming about it, too.

We had to do the hard work getting legal action enacted and demanding that those laws were enforced against them because they weren't willing and didn't take the initiative to do it on their own.

But, today, we are dealing with a whole new White collective. And while all is not right with the world yet .. they are a whole hell of a lot better in this country than they used to be. I can tell you fron experience that more White people are more tolerant, more accepting, less overtly violent and hateful and that due to that change in them, a man named Barack Obama was able to be elected as the POTUS.

I'm not cutting them any slack .. Razz ... but, just trying to acknowledge that both Black America and America itself is overcoming .. in different ways, but seeming for the same goal.
fro True dat Sista ER. We didn't do it alone. Just like we didn't do it when we were freed from slavery, the abolishment of Jim Crow and the Civil Rights Movement. It took all us of: black, white, yellow, brown. Cuz we know why? It was absolutely WRONG to steal human beings and then call yourself a "christian." lol And not be tolerant to other folks culture....and therefore take the land[America], destroy the people of the land and then go way across the Atlantic Ocean and STEAL unsuspecting Africans to work the land....and then try to justify it by quoting the "bible."

Any one with God given common sense....know that it was WRONG to mistreat and debased a group of people who they wouldn't otherwise be contact with. So. I'm glad that there are people who can see beyond the white bullshyte and not be mesmerized with "skin" color....cuz WHITEBOY is not and has NEVER been the hero....in fact, he has ALWAYS been the enemy to everyone he has came in contact....including himself. So. I am sooooo very happy to the universe that it open up large and said "finally. it is time." And when the higher element does it[more powerful than "man"]....nothing can stop it..and it is done in untouchable and unreachable portions.

Who would have thought? Not only did President Obama win....he woooped that ass! In a way only the universe could allow. So. I'm with ya sistagirltfro We didn't do it alone....but! It is a long time a comin' We know how many black people[whitefolks too] have died, have been beaten and debased, lynched, tarred and feathered for this very.....day. Couldn't have been no sweeter than the way it was done....couldn't have been so overwhelming....in the way it was done. It was done so beautiful....all the whitefolks could do wasEek It's full circle to the tenth power.

As they say in blackfolk choir."Halleluyah!bow 'Days' is a God." fro
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Hannity straight-up lied about Obama NOT winning a landslide victory over McCain. By popular vote, it wasn't a landslide, but by electoral votes, yes it was a landslide.



fro They just don't want to face. By popular vote Obama was slightly ahead. I think 53% to McCain's 48%. However, the electoral vote was 338 to McCain's 163. That's more than double. Looks like a landslide to me. But! They're angry....in dog life...they're mad as hell.

National figures say, ages 18-29 Obama's 66% to McCain's 32%. For Blackfolks 95% to McCain's 5%; Hispanic/Latino 67% to 31%; Asian 62% to 35%; Although McCain received 56% of the white vote....Obama got at least 43% and that's excellent. Cuz Obama percentages are far higher than McCain. Plus! Democrates 89% to 10%; Republicans...well we know McCain received about 90% to Obama's 9%....however, In the Independent Party Obama received 52% to McCain's 44%.

Even if you look at it by percentages, Obama's numbers against McCains [except for Whites, Republican and Independent Parties] are almost double. Sounds like a landslide to meEek ...but! JMHO and 60 or more million other folks as well.

BTW: I think it would NICE for once to just ENJOY this unprecendent moment in time WHAT many blackfolks died for. Just in honor of them....let us be happy and proud....allow that spirit to rise inside us once more. We have plenty of time to dissect this progress. But for the suffering blackfolks of 400 years their unsolicited pain led us to this point in history. FOR ONCE..let those negative thoughts be silent. For them. For our children.

We as black people have come a long way...too many have died for us to get US here. The White House. So. PLEASE....let's just embrace it. WE DESERVE THIS MOMENT IN TIME-A POSITIVE MOMENT! There's plenty of time to dismantle it for THOSE who are itching to do so. Itching to bring the moment down. Like flies on ice cream. Sometimes I think some of my people are sooooo bitter and deveined/decayed inside, they don't know HOW to savor the moment of full circle. And. That's. Simply. Tragic. fro
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November 4, 2008, 11:20 pm And Then They Wept By Charles M. Blow

History will record this as the night the souls of black folk, living and dead, wept – and laughed, screamed and danced – releasing 400 years of pent up emotion.

They were the souls of those whose bodies littered the bottom of the Atlantic, whose families were torn asunder, whose names were erased.

They were those who knew the terror of being set upon by men with clubs, of being trapped in a torched house, of dangling at the end of a rough rope.

They were the souls of those who knew the humiliation of another person's spit trailing down their faces, of being treated like children well into their twilight years, of being derided and despised for the beauty God gave them.

They were also the tears of those for whom "Yes We Can, " Obama's campaign slogan, took on a broader, more profound meaning.

"Yes We Can" escape the prison of lowered expectations and the cycles of poor choices. "Yes We Can" rise above history and beyond hatred. "Yes We Can" ascend to Martin Luther King's mountain top and see the promised land where dreams are fulfilled, where the best man wins and where justice prevails.

During this election African-Americans, their hearts weary from disappointment, dared to hope and dream again. Tonight their dream has been realized.

Whether or not you agree with Barack Obama's politics, there is no denying that his election represents a seminal moment in the African-American narrative and a giant leap forward on the road to America's racial reconciliation.

In fact everyone, regardless of race, should feel free to shed a tear and be proud of how far our country has come.

Feel free to share your thoughts.

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