Racial maturity

I hesitate to call the upcoming election a defining moment in American history. Obama has an unusual name, and a skin pigment more Nairobi than Nashville, but his message is moderation, his cant Harvard, and his roots Kansas and Kapiolani. He is no more the child of Jesse Jackson and Martin Luther King than I am a child of George Washington and July 4th fireworks. If elected, his policies will most likely mirror those of the first George Bush and Bill Clinton. That is, moderating extreme Republican policies into a strategy that is more fiscally responsible and in line with global sentiment. He will probably fight a few wars, and will raise moderately taxes for everyone, slightly more so for the rich.

But his election would have value beyond the limitations of the American political system. By electing Obama, a majority of the U.S. population in a sense would be throwing the gauntlet down to the rest of the country and the rest of the world that it’s time to grow up with regard to racial integration. Arguably, Cabinet appointments aside, the past eight years slowed down the maturing process; however, now the country is poised to claim the progressive high ground. An Obama victory, I’m optimistic, would help bring minorities into the national debate, not as special interests but as equal citizens acknowledging the value of the system and wanting to make it better—for everyone. It is a valuable step forward and one worth emulating, everywhere.

Posted by patrickj on 11/03 at 06:34 PM
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