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There Are No Words . . . Well, A Few

November 5, 2008
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We spend the latter half of the afternoon making GOTV calls to New Mexico and Virginia at Obama HQ in Nashville, with a quick sprint out to Napier Park to do some “visibility.” Even though intellectually I thought Obama had the election in the bag there was a sense of something . . . nerves, fear, excitement . . . I was restless and we were emotional even about tiny things.

Now I’m writing this from my Dad’s computer at my parents’ swank digs in Belle Meade. We came here to watch with the Little Dork instead of partying with the local Dems because in a way, for me, and for many like me, this was about our parents; my mom, who held my head down while the National Guard shot rounds into their apartment building during a riot when I was an infant, my Dad, who was often the first Black this or that in his field in this state. And my kids of course, who share some interesting things with the President-elect.

I guess it’s somehow impoliltic to talk about race in an election where the candidate of color downplayed the matter and the candidate not of color, to his credit, resisted introducing the matter into his campaign (sadly, not so for some of his supporters). But there is an undeniable sense of the history of the event, the significance of which I’m finding it hard to digest at this point.

And yes, it is okay for White folks to cry about that. Sean and B, you cry all you want to. My Mother and my Grandmother and Aunt will join hands. See, even Baba over in Hadano, JP was excited about the prospect of a President Barack Obama and considered it stupid for anyone to consider a vote against him. Her excitement was not based only on the possibility of a President with brown skin, but that to her eyes and ears he is clearly the most qualified person.

We can parse numbers and pontificate later. Right now, I’m happy for the whole wide world.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Kevin permalink
    November 5, 2008 1:35 pm

    You better believe that more than a few white people were crying for the result of this election – they were tears of joy.

  2. November 5, 2008 5:36 pm

    Aw. I blubbed a little just reading this post.

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