Wednesday, November 5, 2008

this is America


There are so many optimistic messages to take from the result of this election, but for me, one really stands out. It wasn't just that they tried to make middle America fear Obama's blackness, and failed; it was that the other side tried everything they could to paint Obama as "not really American," you know, he's got a funny name, his father was from Africa, he "ain't from around here."

And it DIDN'T WORK.

As someone who has spent her entire life being complimented on her English, being asked about her nationality, being mistaken for "ain't from around here," this is really something. I think there are a lot of Americans who can relate to this feeling, and who might be thinking, as I am, that this really is a new day.