I remember when I first heard of Barrack Obama. It was 2007 and my wife was telling me that the Democrats had a black man running for election. I recalled telling her, he wouldn’t be the Democratic nominee and if he was, he for sure wouldn’t become president. I personally thought the country, was still too racist to elect a black man as president. I also thought, if he did win, he would go through pure hell as the country’s first black president. The right wing media would scrutinize his every breath.
I was wrong about his chances of winning, yet right about how much flak he would receive. I knew of course there would be people who absolutely hated the idea of him as president. I also knew he would be greatly favored among Black people, which he was. After awhile, the people who didn’t like him seemed to become more bitter as time went by. Irate even. They never seemed to recover from a Black man becoming president. Call me naive, but I just didn’t get it. I pondered, shouldn’t the White people who hate him actually be the happiest? Why did I think this? Well because they could now claim that the country was no longer racist and Black people had nothing else to complain about. That wasn’t the case.
Fast forward to election 2020. We have the first ever, Black woman, running on a major ticket to become the vice president of the United States. Kamala Harris has already made history with just that feat alone. Just 4 years after there was the first black president, she has a better than good chance of being the first black and female vice president of the United States. Doesn’t that signal that the country has come a long way? Shouldn’t we all be proud. Not just Black Americans, but all Americans.
I don’t know. I’m probably just being naive again.