It feel it’s fitting that this inauguration lands right ON Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I really do. I always hate to make it a race thing, but you really have to acknowledge it. It’s still a really big freaking deal that a black man (or even beige, cuz we’re the new black) is the President – the President – of the United States. I got emotional as hell on this day back in 2009, and I’m a little choked up again right now.
It shouldn’t even matter how you feel about his politics. You have to see what a huge advancement his becoming president is on this country, a country so young, not so far removed from our own history where a black man couldn’t even vote (143 years ago). It’s amazing. We still have a way to go, but we’ve come so far.
The dignity and that President Obama always carries himself with should be the inspiration for a generation of young black (no matter what percentage black you are) men and women alike. You want to hate on him, say he’s not black enough, call him bourgeois (or boo-jee), go ahead. He’s the President. What are you doing with your life?
“Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’ I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!”
Dr. King… your dream lives on once more this morning through President Barack Obama. Free at last.