Friday, June 6, 2008

I, too, am America.

Over 200 years after Article I Section 2 of the United States Constitution directed that Blacks be counted as three-fifths of a person, a Black man and a Black woman took to a different type of stage in Minneapolis, Minnesota than the type those who came before them were sold on. They embraced, displayed a loving fist pound of support, and announced that on that night, June 3rd, 2008, what would have literally been impossible upon the founding of this Nation has now come to be reality - Barack Obama has become the Democratic Party Nominee for President of the United States.

The United States of America has reached a new stage of maturation, and the world is watching us in admiration.

Upon its inception, this Nation declared that "[w]e hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal," however equality has been something that America has struggled with ever since those words were written. And it still does today. However, the significance of this moment has not gone unnoticed by the billions of people both here and around the globe who have wondered if America, home of the free, land of the brave, could ever really live up to this self-proclaimed creed of equality that it announced in its Declaration of Independence from England in 1776.

I am happy to say that America has taken one huge step towards answering that question in the affirmative. Now don't get me wrong, even if Obama becomes President, that doesn't mean bigotry will magically shrivel up and die. With a nation as diverse as ours, there will always be ideological differences, prejudices, and "isms" of every shade. That is a given. Nevertheless, what this signifies going forward is that AS A NATION, we now have evidence that this country has progressed to a new plateau of understanding which favors embracing each other for our differences instead of segregating ourselves because of them. The scales have tipped, ladies and gentlemen, and it's about damn time.

Regardless of whether you are a Democrat, Republican, Independent, or none of the above, you can still share in this historic moment and give America a well deserved pat on the back. And we should not just be proud because of Barack Obama the individual, even though he is an outstanding and well accomplished brother who has come so far from so little. No, this is bigger than brother Obama. We should be proud of America because when it was asked the question "who do you want to lead you?" and it was presented with a person like Barack Obama, instead of judging him by the color of his skin or the sound of his name, the entire nation of 50 states, one by one, instead chose to judge him by the "content of his character" to borrow a phrase from the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (well... I don't know about West Virginia and Kentucky but you get the point)

Thus it seems only fitting that on August 28th, 2008, exactly 45 years to the day that Dr. King addressed this nation and announced his "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington, D.C., America will answer that call with yet another historic milestone as a man who was judged by the content of his character will officially accept the Democratic Nomination for President of the United States.

Even though it is my personal hope that Obama goes on to win the white house, notwithstanding the work that still remains, I still recognize that whether Obama wins or loses, it is notable to observe the progress that this Nation has made toward the goal of equality. Good job, America.


The Janitor, Esq.
The Great Great Great Grandson of Somebody Who Was Three-Fifths