Wednesday, November 05, 2008

This defining moment in history


"Americans sent a message to the world... we are not a collection of red states and blue states...we are and always will be... the United States of America."

President Elect Barack Obama
Acceptance speech
November 5, 2008

3 comments:

Lou Gagliardi said...

I'm still in shock and awe...of the good kind.

Gillian Layne said...

I just bawled. I can't believe how wonderful it is that my girls TAKE FOR GRANTED a black man is president.

Such a change in the last 50 years!

Hurray for America!:)

Bonnie Vanak said...

Lou, Gillian,

I try not to get political on this blog. I created it years ago for fun, then to give info about my books. Then I became very careful about what I wrote, knowing some were watching every word I penned.

But last night, I saw history in the making. No matter what party you are affliated with, it was history in the making.

Gillian, your girls will never know, thank God, the kind of cruelities that were experienced in the violent civil rights movements of the 60's.

Or even the things I experienced in the 70's. When I came home from Sunday School, and told my mother in utter bewilderment, "Sister so and so told us that we should not treat or see Negroes as any different from us. Why would we see them as different? I don't understand. What is so different about people of another color?"

My mother tried, very patiently, to explain, how some people saw black people as being inferior. That was my very first dealing with prejudice.

The fact is, in my lifetime, black people were banned from drinking at the same water fountain as I was.

They had separate bathrooms.

People were killed marching for civil rights. Beaten up for sitting next to a black person on a bus.

And today, we have a black president as the 44th president of the US. People didn't vote for him because of race.

They voted because they thought he was the best candidate.

I never thought I'd see this day when color barriers would drop.

I'm so proud, and happy, to be an American.