“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.'” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
today is the 45th anniversary of martin luther king jr.’s i have a dream speech. tonight, i am listening to the first presidential nomination acceptance speech by an african american. regardless of your politics, this is a milestone for our country. and hey – it’s only taken 45 years to get here.
i’ve struggled to process and articulate why it’s more important to me to elect an african american to the presidency than a woman, although either would be historic. i guess the best way to sum it up is that, in my experiences and exposure to the world, racism is a bigger problem in our country than sexism. i’ve seen its effects in my jobs, the cities in which i’ve lived, my neighborhood, and even among my friends. i’ve seen its effects on my own attitudes and perceptions, and it’s high time our nation faces it. it’s also time that the countless little boys i’ve worked with over the years have public role models who look like them and aren’t just athletes or entertainers. its time that my daughter can grow up in a society that is able to look beyond skin color or funny names to the real issues at hand, and the actual character and leadership ability of a person.
ultimately, i know that this election is not overtly about race. and i’m not voting for obama because of his race. i’m voting for him for many reasons, but i’m thrilled for the chance to be a part of making history in the process…