Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Opening of The American Mind

"Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy." - Dr. King

Now that Barack Obama has taken the oath as POTUS for a second term, I cannot help but wonder if this is perhaps the only time I witness a man of color - or any ethic minority for that matter - elected to the highest position of political power in America. Hopefully, it isn't the case. We can never be satisfied. I reflect back four years ago and recall the completely overwhelming feeling that overcame me as Obama initially won the presidency, and become captivated in the moment all over again.

"A black American elected as leader of the free world."

What a land, and so improbable, considering the racially-divided principles in which this great country of ours was built upon. Shortly after the first set of nearly 645,000 slaves arrived, beaten and tortured, at no point did any of these unsuspecting souls figure the day would appear where someone with the same skin tone would emerge as leader of the proud defenders of then-impossible Western thought. Yet, in spite of the lack of opportunity and horrors inflicted, the day arrived.

Although none lived to witness - as descendants, fellow black Americans currently bear witness to the feat in the form of applause, laughter and tears. Emotions that perfectly coincided with Dr. Martin Luther King's words recorded nearly fifty-years ago in Washington, D.C., "Let us not wallow in the valley of despair." Similar to King and others beforehand, there is no doubt in my mind that such realized dreams will continue to inspire generations for years and years, even if you and I aren't there to bask in the reality.

So, while acknowledging the hard road uphill that accommodated blacks in America, it is only fair to recognize other cultures that await such a historic significance. Meaning, it should neither start nor stop with President Barack Obama. Whether black or brown or yellow or red, man or woman, let us all join together and recognize the appealing fact that we've somehow progressed into a multicultural society.

America, the beautiful.