a new reality that is almost more than the heart can bear."
Nov. 5, 2008
Dear Brother Obama,
You have no idea, really, of how profound this moment is for us. Us being the black people of the Southern United States. You think you know, because you are thoughtful, and you have studied our history. But seeing you deliver the torch so many others before you carried, year after year, decade after decade, century after century, only to be struck down before igniting the flame of justice and of law, is almost more than the heart can bear. And yet, this observation is not intended to burden you, for you are of a different time, and, indeed, because of all the relay runners before you, North America is a different place. It is really only to say: Well done.
I've been thinking thoughts similar to these lately. Especially since the evening of November 4th, as I watched the faces in the crowd in Chicago, and in cities around the world who waited to hear the words of the new President-elect.
I do know that I will never have the same understanding of this event that a black person will have. Nor will a black person who remembers the 60's understand this in the same way that the black 20-somethings understand it.
And yet, I do understand that this is a new day.
One might say, "America, this is the first day of the rest of your lives...".
It will be what we all make it. All of us, and each of us. What we make of this opportunity to be new, and renewed; to aim higher than we have; to invest in our own, and in our country's integrity, our children, and our futures.
What possibilities lie ahead!