Wednesday, November 05, 2008

change . . . of heart

This morning, driving into work, I heard an interview on the radio with a woman who is 109 years old. She is the daughter of a former slave. She talked about how her father, in the 1960's, saved his money so he would have enough money to pay the poll tax in order for him to vote. She talked about how proud she was to have voted for the first black man to become President. It brought tears to my eyes and truly gave me a new way of seeing what an amazing thing that has happened. I may not agree with his policies or ideas, but I can definitely respect him for this historic accomplishment.

8 comments:

for a different kind of girl said...

And that's what can make us a strong, united country.

Desmond Jones said...

Honestly, Phyllis, I think it says more about the country than it does about Sen. Obama. His 'accomplishment' is because, to a degree nobody would have dreamt of 50 years ago, folks just aren't so hung up on race as they used to be. They've really taken Dr. King to heart about 'the content of his character', rather than the color of his skin.

And I do agree that that is a very, very good thing.

And we've got four years to find out about the content of his character. . .

Cocotte said...

I like what you said PR, AND what desmond says. So true!

May sound dumb, but what I like most about Obama is that he's close to my age.

Sailor said...

The neat thing is how many places I'm seeing the same type of reaction- whether they voted for or against, there's a lot of people talking about the accomplishment, and the strength we can have if we all now work forward together.

luke said...

I have to admit that I haven't really been emotionally swept up in this historical moment like other people have. I'm sure it's because I'm white and young; also I have a really thick layer of political cynicism that I need to shake off. The importance of the event isn't lost on me, I just don't quite feel it emotionally. :(

Xavier said...

It's a different World for sure. And that's not so bad ...

Jeff said...

As I watched Juan Williams (NPR/Fox) and Roland Martin (CNN) each speak after the election was declared, I was moved to tears by these two consumate professionals choking back their own tears. It was not a political moment for me; it was a human one.

Monk-in-Training said...

I heard that also. You just don't know how this moves people.