About the Black Man in the White House

9 Nov

Thank you for those warm wishes.  I can see you with all smiles, laughter and with displays of admiration.  We are so happy here at this historical time.  The election of the first ‘African-American/ visually multiply ethnic’ President is more than a breath of fresh air for many.  This is true especially for those who fought against ferocious dogs and water hoses and police brutality in order to get the American vote.  The suppressed breath for real citizenship has been exhaled.

~Email from a dear friend, a southern, African-American lady, who had to flee her state after marrying a white man in the ‘70s. She is now blind, but has the clearest insight of any person I know.

Also, jerk those tear glands here.

7 Responses to “About the Black Man in the White House”

  1. M4 November 9, 2008 at 2:59 pm #

    “The suppressed breath for real citizenship has been exhaled.”

    Sent shivers down my brown-skin-covered spine.

  2. Pallavi November 9, 2008 at 5:46 pm #

    Uh-oh… that story was a real tear jerker… of the happy-sad kind.

  3. Aunty G November 10, 2008 at 12:12 am #

    How on earth do you unearth these stories
    Stealing our hearts with these tear-jerking chories
    Warm regards to your friend
    Tell her we pray that this trend
    Wipes out from her life, all those bitter memories!

  4. Nino's Mum November 10, 2008 at 11:58 am #

    beautiful story about gene OJ. reminds me of a few lines written by some french-canadian journalist after obama’s victory: ‘one of the few times I’ve been proud to be human.’

  5. Orange Jammies November 10, 2008 at 11:28 pm #

    M4: I just hope he lives up to all the hype. It alarms me, how much we appear in need of a messiah.

    Pallavi: Is Bollywood listening? 😉

    Aunty G: She’s a woman of strength, that one. And enough soul for three people.

    Nino’s Mum: I can’t help but remember, though, that his upbringing was primarily white, which probably gave him a covert edge while he went around looking like a minority. This is not to take away from his achievements, but I can’t seem to discount it either.

  6. gitanjalib November 14, 2008 at 12:11 am #

    Thank you ever so much for sharing that wonderful story in the LA times. Very poignant. I am glad that Gene lived to see the day even though it was only one half of the happy pair.

  7. Orange Jammies November 15, 2008 at 1:28 am #

    gitanjalib: Hello you. 🙂 Good to have you here.

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