If you know me, you know I am tragically caucasion. You also know I'm a lefty liberal, happily voting for the guy with the "(D)" by his name because I want to be taxed hard, and my money spent on social programs and public good, while my government obeys the Constitution.
So my vote for Obama was a vote for liberalism, for inspiration, and for throwing the rascals out. That Obama happened to be black? Well, sure, that's pretty cool, but, no biggie. I mean, I'd be excited to see a woman in the White House, but that didn't make me like Sarah Palin. (I'd have been excited to vote for Hilary Clinton, though. Politics I believe in, and female to boot!)
So I didn't think I had more than a smile for the fact that we'd elected a black President. A magnificent speaker, a calm, intelligent, liberal leader? Hell, yeah! Black? That's nice.
So Wednesday Morning, I watched Obama's magnificent speech. Then I turned on a news show I enjoy, MSNBC's "Morning Joe," hosted by conservative Republican former Florida Congressman Joe Scarbrough. Scarbrough, reading headlines and showing clips like Oprah Winfrey and Jesse Jackson openly weeping in the streets of Chicago, is himself so moved he's choking up. And I, too cool for school, smile and nod, That's nice!
And we go to commercial. It's a stupid little Verizon Wireless commercial, in which the foreman of a group of dockworkers tells his crew that they now have push to talk, and, better than coming with holsters, the new cell phones come with a crowd of Verizon employees who follow a geeky guy around.
The foreman, a middle-aged, rough-hewn, life-worn black man, walks toward the camera, saying, "Everyone, today we move forward."
And tears spring to my eyes! Just like that, I'm on the verge of tears, seeing a black man talk about moving forward.
Yeah, not so cool and detached as I thought I was.