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What Obama's Inauguration Means to Me

My daughter and I will be among the millions who will endure the cold and the crowds to be a part of history on Tuesday, January 20. I am going, in part, to cover the event for my local radio station as their Chief Correspondent.

Even if I don’t get anywhere near the swearing-in ceremony or get a glimpse of our soon-to-be President, I still want to be there. I NEED to be there.

I will be perfectly honest. I never thought I’d live to see what is about to take place. Why? Because I am a baby boomer. I grew up during a period of segregation. Although I wasn’t raised in the segregated, lynching South, I was still subject to the “subtle discrimination” that existed in the rest of the country. It was still a “separate and unequal society.” Racism has been alive and well ever since I can remember.

Obama’s inauguration certainly won’t change race relations overnight but maybe it will start a much needed honest dialogue between the races. At the very least, he gives my grandson hope that “Yes, he can!”

What do you think? Do you see race relations improving as a result of Obama’s presidency? Do you think there’s a race problem in America?

Comments

Anonymous said…
What do you think? Do you see race relations improving as a result of Obama’s presidency?

I sure hope so! My father was so hateful torwards other races in general. I always grew up thinking in my mind he was wrong and did not raise my children like this .I think it all starts in the home and then handed down like a sickness.


Do you think there’s a race problem in America?
Yes I do, again it starts in the home and we must teach our kids hating a person because of their sin color or whatever is wrong!
Barb
In 2007, the Southern Poverty Law Center located more than 880 active hate groups in the U.S. Racism, prejudice and hatred are alive in America. (http://www.splcenter.org/intel/map/hate.jsp) While Mr. Obama's presidency may improve race relations, I do not believe that it will completely eradicate racism.
Inez said…
I see there is still plenty of work to be done in race relations. We still have our separate groups who willingly engage in disrespecting others based on race.

My prayer is that in my lifetime people begin to treat others humanly. This would eliminate much of the tenison between the races.
Anne in Atlanta said…
I am speechless to read we are a society where racism is alive and well.

Recently I had the privilege to work with women on a Habitat home for a young mother of a 3 mo. old. You can see us working side by side on my facebook photos.

I'm a southern woman born and bred and I can't relate today to racism. I learned at the young age that Jesus loves all the children.

I understand there were horrible times having seen the images as events happened. I've been truly surprised in the past months we're a society that hasn't grown as I thought we had.
Betty Lynch said…
I agree with Barb. Stopping racism begins at home. I'm not sure what Obama can do about racism.
Rhea said…
Racism will probably always be with us, but the thing is, I think Obama's election will mute the racists and turn the volume up on the people who are more fair-minded. I think you can see the same thing happening with same-sex marriage legislation. There are still a lot of homophobes but they are kind of silenced with all the pro-same-sex marriage talk out there. I never thought we'd see this day in my lifetime, either. It gives me so much hope. I never thought a lot of whites had it in them!
I was with a group of family and friends today and quoted you. My grand children are mixed race and told my little grandson as we watched the TV today that one day he may be president. I read your post about a month or so ago, where you said that now you grandson may actually believe it is possible. Have a wonderful time with your daughter watching history in the making!
Teekytalkblog said…
Hi Beverly, I'm glad you stopped by my blog. One good stop-by deserves another so I had to see what yours was about. I love the way you write, how you think, your photos and your music. Keep up the fantastic and artistic writing talent.

Be well my friend....I'm gonna follow your blogs too.

Teeky (tori)

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