First off I want to say, this not a victory just for African-Americans. This isn't even a victory just for Americans. If you watched the tele last night or browsed the Internet, then you no doubt saw the celebrations that were happening in Japan, South African, and Australia. The world was ready for this change that has been promised by Barack.
Secondy, yeah - I said this isn't just a victory for African-Americans but don't get it twisted. We will probably be celebrating just a little bit harder than most others at the historic, monumental event. This means so much to so many different generations of black people. It means that my grandmothers that endured life in Alabama during the Civil Rights Movement did not suffer in vain. The opportunities that many bled, cried and died for are finally coming into reality. And I can't begin to explain what this means for my young nieces and nephews. Now when we tell them you can be anything you want to be (even the President of the United States) we have an example to point to.
His speech last night was terrific. But what was most significant for me was his inclusion of the gay and lesbian community. This is unprecidented. Never before has a President included us in a speech of this magnitude. I truly believe that he will work on behalf of our community. I know he said he doesn't believe in gay "marriage" but he does believe we should have all the rights that are available to married couples. I'm okay with separate as long as it's equal.
I know the road ahead is still a very long, uphill one. The problems of the White House that Barack will inherit are tremendous. I don't know if he will solve all of our prolems in four years, but I do believe he will do his damnest to get us on the right path. I also believe he will do his best to develop relationships with other world leaders and restore our standing as a world power.
For the first time in a long time I'm excited about tomorrow.