My Man.

I love this header and photo that was on The HuffPost:

I’m so proud right now, I can’t even put the power of my emotions into words. As a child of parents from deep in the Mississippi Delta, parents who chopped and picked cotton as children and as teens and had to quit school to help their parents earn money to feed the entire family, parents who had to go through back doors, drink from segregated fountains, and suffer myriad other indignities merely because of their skin color…this is huge. As a child who witnessed vestiges of this during our many trips to Mississippi during the summers of my youth…this is huge. I am so. very. proud.

But it’s not just because this is a major first for blacks in this country and the western world, although that’s a big, big deal. And it’s not just because this is a triumph for people of color everywhere, even though that’s a big deal, too. Being black or a person of color is not and should not be enough to earn someone the right to opportunity. Opportunity should be afforded to everyone, especially those who can legitimately come with the goods. I am proud because a man who HAPPENS TO BE BLACK has proven to be the most charismatic, hopeful, forward-thinking, and unifying political figure to emerge in my lifetime. And he has prevailed and won the right to be the Democratic nominee.

He might even become our 44th President.*

I am so. very. proud.

I wish my father was alive to see this. I feel this deeply, very deeply, for him and all those, including myself, who feared this might possibly never happen in my lifetime. As much as I love America, as much as I have a diverse palette of friends, as much as this country seems to move forward, as this campaign has shown us, old habits, values, and beliefs die hard. Still…

I am so. very. proud.

So, Mr. Obama, this song is for you. You held your head high and maintained your dignity, even in the face of those who were determined to see you discredited. You have given us hope to the infinite power, and for that, I celebrate you and will continue to help in your continued journey to the White House. From Jill Scott’s lips to your ears, “don’t let nobody hold you back.” Let freedom ring, my brotha, let freedom ring.

*Expect a flood of babies of both genders to be named “Barack” or “Obama” in the coming weeks, months, and years. This is legacy, folks. Plenty of people will be honoring this man, and this moment, by bestowing his name on others. The Age of The Funny Sounding Name is officially here, and I, for one, have never been happier to see it arrive!!!

11 thoughts on “My Man.

  1. >I'm actually going to have a child for the sole purpose of naming him Barack. Maybe I'll just pick one up. There is a park across from my house.Great night. Grand speech. An incredible night of history. All I have to say to McCain is, "Come on old man… Bring it on…"Matt

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  2. >That man is so amazing… I swear I cried as I witnessed his speech first hand on CNN today. Only cause Im a big punk baby like that. I believed from day one, but its still so incredible to believe. I wish my daddy was here.

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  3. >Boy, I remember very vividly after September 11 saying I was glad my grandmother wasn't alive to witness what the world had come to but this morning I find myself regretting that she didn't live to see this moment. My grandfather, who died at the young age of 41, never had the opportunity to vote BUT my grandmother would make her way to the polls early in the morning before heading off to work two full time jobs so that her vote was counted. I've carried on her commitment to honoring those who were denied, turned away, and even killed trying to participate in teh process and have instilled the importance of being counted to my children.You know, until I read your comment that you feared this may never happen that it occurred to me that I never imagined it happening and so for that reason I guess I'm still in a bit of shock this morning.Three of the properties I'm affiliated with house approximately 800 senior citizens. I'll have to make an effort to just walk through the community rooms and hallways today to hear what they have to say. On the flip side I wonder how many of them will close their eyes for the last time in November after this Country elects the first Black president. They would have seen life go full circle and can rest knowing the world is truly a changed place.Thanks for the post and causing me to reflect.

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  4. >What a powerful and meaningful post. You wrote the words that few could pen, yet relate to. You wrote the words that many have experienced, yet tried to forget. You wrote the words that speak to the mind, yet defy the bondage of limitations placed on many minorities.You shared a part of yourself that speaks to the very reason of the "Fierce Urgency of Now". I'm proud to be part of this historic moment.More importantly, I'm so very proud of YOU!!

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  5. >What a great post, Lo. Last night was so important on so many levels. I'm glad my children now have proof that they have no limits and know that they can go as far as their dreams will take them.

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  6. >It's always a beautiful thing being able to witness a black man acheive their own transcendent social vision transpire, through such a profound ability to impart endurance and appreciation.And never confusion.

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