Tomorrow, at 12pm noon, we will be able to call Barack Obama, President Obama! It's so exciting! My mom has 7 tickets to see him be sworn into office. She is also volunteering, so she'll be busy tomorrow with all that stuff. My sister is going with her and I'm going to school, but I'm going to find a TV and watch it.
It's so amazing that after years of oppression of the African American race, after years of bigotry that we, yes Americans, have voted a black man to lead our country. At the moment that they announced Barack Obama as President-Elect, I believed in America again. I was actually proud to call myself an American. So many countries despise us, but I think that night, they saw what America was all about and maybe became proud of us again. After 8 years of failed Bush policies (No Child Left Behind etc.) it's nice to have a breath of fresh air. It's nice to be able to dream again and know that HOPE and CHANGE are just around the corner. It makes me emotional to know that in 20-25 years from now, school children will be learning a new kind of history. Their books will start with the history, that past generations and my generation has learned, then it will go into the new America. The children will read about the longest election campaign in history and will see that after all of the struggle and hardship that Americans had the courage and strength to vote in a their first black president.
Barack Obama's accomplishment, will have have children saying "If Obama did it, then so can I." African Americans will have no excuse to say that they can't succeed or become something because of the color of their skin. Barack Obama is living proof that change and hope does exsist.
I can't believe that America has only been equal for a little over 40 years. There is a generation still alive, that remembers when Martin Luther King, Jr made his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. I bet they couldn't imagine that one day they would see their grandchildren playing freely with another child of a different race or get to call a black man their president.
Mr. King, you said in your speech almost 46 years ago, that you wanted 'this nation to one day rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed.'
Well, Mr. King, you got your wish. :)