Posted by: Laura | June 5, 2008

So Wonderfully Amazed

I’ve heard so many things about the 2008 Election. I’ve tried to look up a good quote about it but I think I’ll just stick to my own thoughts ;-)

What a historic race this has been.

There has been so many events occurring lately, that are often associated with pain, death and hardships–9/11, the war, gas prices. Our kids will ask us the expected “Where were you on 9/11/01?” and it will be hard to discuss, emotionally. Just like it was probably a little hard for my parent’s generation to answer “Where were you when JFK or RFK was assassinated?”

There will be a group of children that look up to their parents who served in Iraq like my buddy Corey did (and will unfortunately, go to Afghanistan)

and they’re going to have a lot of questions, just like I did/do for my father who served in Vietnam

And you know, some if not most of those answers are going to be vague because they’re just too hard to answer.

Of late, I have thought about the questions my kids will ask me and there is a lot to not be proud of and a lot of things I know I won’t have an answer to. I will try to be as honest as possible but I also don’t want to crush souls here. Unfortunately we live in a world where racism still exists and war is sometimes inevitable :-(

One June 3, 2008, I saw history in the making. Barack Obama became the Democratic nominee for president. In light of this sadness and anxiety that surrounds our country, it was fantastic to witness such a historic event that shows promise, triumph over adversity, and, as corny as this might sound, hope.

Some have asked me “hey Laura, is it only because he’s black, that you support him?” No. To be honest, it’s icing on the cake.

Our country needs to get out of this huge rut and I feel Obama will do that. His race isn’t something we should ignore either. This is history in the making whether you’ll vote for him or not. Think about how our nation started – on the backs of slaves. Only forty years ago, these events were occurring

an MLK march to DC, 1963

Four Students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University seat at a lunch counter for whites only.

When I was in the fourth grade, we had projects to do on famous African Americans. My teacher tried matching us up with people that reminded her of us. She assigned me Rosa Parks. I’m humbled to say the least. To be honest, I don’t think I could have been as calm as her when she stated, “No. My feet hurt”

Jermaine says he votes for these people above that were fighting for their basic right.

Our country has come far and we’re going to go farther. This was a testament to overcoming adversity and I am nothing but PROUD! For many many reasons, I want Obama to win. Socially, however, it will mean so much for us as a nation too. We’ve come a long way. Who would have thought that 45 years TO THE DAY of MLK’s most famous and amazing “I Have a Dream” speech that a black man will be accepting the nomination from the Democratic Party for the Presidency of the United States.

Wow. God Bless America

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