|Probably NOT Mt. Rushmore|
The reelection of President Obama proved one thing: his election in 2008 was not an historical anomaly. For a moment, the thought crossed my mind that President Obama’s election was due to a combination of new hotness, peer-pressure, black pride, and adolescent rebellion making replication near impossible. Especially when Obama’s opponent appeared to be hand crafted right out of the All American Boy mold. In reality, however, his reelection proved he wasn’t an anomaly, but a historical figure whose existence and life will play a crucial role for many Americans of color.
Some will of course debate this position. I believe, however, their disagreement is purely political. But I’m not speaking from a political legacy but an historical one. Regardless of the political bickering we are all currently a spectator too, President Obama’s historical significance cannot be denied. Regardless of how you feel about Obamacare or debt ceilings, President Obama will now and forever be the first President of the United States of America that was not a Caucasian male. PERIOD. Of course, you will have your detractors claiming that acknowledging Obama’s race is – in and of itself – racism and we should just accept him as a president… not the first “African American” President. Nah…contrary to the belief of many reverse racism zealots, race not only means something in this context, but it is exactly the point.