Tuesday, November 4, 2008

at last, a change has come

Well played, America, well played!

I think we may have just saved ourselves.

So . . . what's next?

Sam Cooke
"A Change Is Gonna Come"


  1. YES! This is the song I was looking for. A song that hovers around the graves of my dead grandmothers who never had the opportunity to see this day come. A tune that could be played as a soundtrack to a culmination (or should I say commencement) of the black experience. It has been a long time coming, but a change has come! Thank you!

  2. it doesn't mean we're awesome though... just that we suck a little less.

    it's about damn time.

  3. One thousand Barack Obamas isn't worth one Rev. Wright. He threw his mentor who made it all possible under the bus to appease racist white people who want to stay in denial, I'll never forgive or forget that.

    He isn't black he is mixed race the one drop rule is racist and offensive. If he was jet black he wouldn't be the new manager of the empire.

  4. Here's another song: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=asXRi3XES1g

  5. What next?

    I think President-Elect Obama laid it out in his election speech, the three big problems we're facing:

    1. two wars
    2. the planet in peril
    3. a faltering economy (I think i got the wording on that one wrong.)

    Unfortunately, Bush is up there right now digging holes in the road we're trying to walk.

  6. Macon,

    No better song... (though Sign Sealed Delivered by Stevie Wonder is moving up the charts!!).

    Re: Rev. Wright... I actually thought about where Obama will attend church as president but, as strong as my feelings are about the Wright thing, I can embrace the complexity of it all.

    Another reverend, Rev. Jesse Jackson wasn't "in the bus" so to speak but no one, not Barack... no one can deny him, Wright, anyone...

    Wright was fully aware of what would/could happen and what happened is bigger than Barack Obama and Rev. Wright. I'd like to think Rev. Wright doesn't take personal like that...

    Obama is right about one thing: this is not the change we seek. But we had to get to this moment to reach the threshold, as imperfect as it might be, just to have the opportunity...

    That's the way the imperfect history of the civil rights movement reads against critiques that questioned the focus on the type of empty "integration" that was pursued, etc.

  7. "Saved ourselves," Macon? A bit of hyperbole borne of the moment, I presume.

    What's next, you ask? I hope that Obama does more to continue and ACT ON the struggle by those who did so much to help him get where he is. The civil rights struggle, and ALL that, which was reflected so strongly in Jesse Jackson's tears in Grant Park, Chicago. Obama's got the power now, and he'll have more in a couple of months; he can do a lot to at least more directly acknowledge that struggle. The allusions in his speeches, which act like a dog whistle to African Americans who can hear them, are nice, and artfully done too. But he should go on now to do more. That doesn't mean he has to take such steps in big, overt ways that are going to piss off the racist white watchdogs who are going to be on the alert for any such thing.

    I think that's up to us, too. We gotta hold his feet to the proverbial fire.

  8. runawayfred,

    i think Obama's message to me is that it's all up to us now, Obama can't do all that by himself, he couldn't have won without us, we are the people who have to get to work,

    runawayfred, i like your sense of humor.


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