Sunday, September 28, 2008

A Transformative Figure

In his latest stand up, Chris Rock hilariously notes that white parents don’t have to tell their children that they can be anything they want. 

They’ve been cops, doctors, lawyers, and presidents. They’ve done it all. 

But blacks, he explains, have a duty, unlike whites, to ensure their children that their career aspirations are possible.

Yet if Barack Obama—a black man—becomes the next president, he believes it will be unnecessary for minority parents to say, “If you work hard, you can be anything you want.” Because Obama will prove it.

Ironically, Chris Rock had bluntly pointed out in an earlier stand up in the 90s that an African American was not going to be elected to the White House anytime soon.

Boy, have times changed.

Indeed, there is still systemic discrimination disadvantaging blacks and favoring whites. But although racism persists, Obama’s election to the White House will be symbolically important.

It will reshape how blacks think of themselves and how whites think of blacks.

Since the Civil Rights Movement, African Americans have worked in every occupational field. Nevertheless, in the highest paying jobs and most powerful jobs, they are still disproportionately underrepresented.

But who's most powerful than the president of the United States?

Obama’s admittance to the Oval Office will provide blacks with greater confidence, allowing them to knock down the mental barriers that have disabled them from dreaming and aspiring in the same manner as their white counterparts.

Obama becoming the 44th president will make the once seemingly impossible possible.

However, I want to assure you that Obama’s election to the White House will not singlehandedly solve race issues.

Alternatively, I think that his greatest impact will be psychological: He will spring a new sense of pride and optimism in the minority community, permitting African Americans to remove some of the chains of white supremacy.

Lastly, if Obama wins, many whites will abandon their stereotypical, false images of blacks, enabling them to realize that voting for an intelligent African American was not as big a gamble as voting for another witless WASP.

In the end, I feel that, if we give Obama the chance to lead America, he will be transformative. So don't be scared of change, welcome it.


1 comment:

KiNeTiC said...

I feel that the impact of Barack Obama's presidential bid will last forever. He is a historic figure who has forever changed the landscape of politics and will help shift the perception of African Americans in this country. He has instilled a sense of hope, pride, and confidence in the black community and if he gets elected, the possibilities are sky high.