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A long shot of Grant Park, Chicago (Bonnie Trafelet)

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genie November 5, 2008 at 7:21 am

I also cried……….. And I’m not afraid to say,…… (to coin a phrase) For the first time in my adult life, I am Proud of my country, and yes, Proud to be an American.
As I saw the mix of people in the crowd, the smiling faces, the outpouring of love and the tears of joy, the embraces, I could not help but recall years past, so personal to me.
Marching down Broadway, 3 abreast toward the B of A, with C.O.R.E., the only white face, afraid I would loose my $1.35/hr job if I were seen.
Being called an N-bomb lover in school, until I finally gave up on it all together until many years later.
Being stopped by police, and called foul names for being on the WRONG side of town.
I got a message from a young friend of mine, who was joyful, but said she wished the Media would stop saying black this, and black that………… The younger generation is, maybe, actually getting more color blind.
But for an “old schooler” like me, the past pains are there, in ways that shaped my life. And the healing feels too good.
It’s not only the presidency that brings tears of joy, but Michelle Obama, this beautiful black woman, taking the stage as the next first lady. I give her a fist bump and thumbs up too!
Bottom line, it’s NOT black this and black that, but it is a bandage, And let’s see if, with hope, we can get to a better place, and this country, which is not a race, but a “people”, can really make a change in the world.


Frank Gormlie November 5, 2008 at 9:06 am

We cried too, Genie, hearing the final news of the victory, seeing the 1000s of people in Chicago, seeing their faces of happiness, of hope, of pride, of a sense of history, seeing Jesse Jackson with tears rolling down his face – a man whose presidential campaign I worked on both in 1984 and ’88 – it was a glorious moment for all of us, for America. We can celebrate this moment and still be able to soberly view the challenges ahead.


DAVe November 5, 2008 at 7:17 pm

A friend of mine said something interesting today…it’s nice to see video on the news of people in other countries waving the U.S. flag instead of burning it for a change.


Frank Gormlie November 6, 2008 at 9:54 am

Dave – great comment: nice to see video on the news of people in other countries waving the US flag instead of burning it for a change.


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