The Obama Nomination: An American Triumph
nomination of Barak Obama was indeed an American triumph, a triumph
over racism as a collective ill of our society. And, yes, it was a
special triumph for the Democratic Party who took the lead in fighting
for equal rights for all Americans, regardless of their race, in the
1940s. I can’t imagine that it will be too long before a talented and
qualified African-American becomes the Presidential nominee of the
Republican Party. We are indeed blessed to have two parties, both
Republicans and Democrats, who oppose and detest racism in America. The
Republicans may be late to the cause, but today they are just as ardent,
from the precinct to the White House, in their rejection of racism. The
fact is that over the past 30 years, both have led the way by
nominating qualified candidates to major political positions, from the
Secretary of State to the Supreme Court Justices. While the parties
advocate different solutions to the major issues of our day, including
those that affect minorities and black Americans in particular, racism
is simply not tolerated within either party.
Barak Obama became the Democratic nominee because he was the first
choice of Democrats, black and white, on the issues they support,
because of "Clinton fatigue," and not, one would hope, because he was
black. I include the latter because to oppose or support someone simply
on the basis of race is the very definition of racism.
let us also hope that those in the news media will not dishonor Senator
Obama by suggesting that opposition to the Senator is based on racism.
To portray those who oppose the election of Barak Obama because they
disagree with him on the issues or are concerned about his character or
background, epitomizes the racism that America needs to put behind us.
In fact, using race in any way to gain political advantage is not only
cynical, but detestable, and detrimental to our nation.
Obama is an American and to treat him fairly and honestly, as I believe
the Democrats did in their primary process, his positions, his record,
and his choice of confidants become fair game, just as they are for John
What is racism? It is, of course,
hatred or dislike of another person, simply on the basis of race. It is
also affection or support for anyone on the basis of race. Has racism
been eliminated from our society? That is, of course, an uninformed
question, to put it gently. Racism is a sin, just like stealing,
jealousy, dishonoring your parents, adultery, lying, putting other
things before God, or any of the other sins enumerated in the Ten
Are you a sinner? Am I a
sinner? Of course, it is the nature of the human condition. Only a fool
would assert that he or she is without sin. As it says in the Bible, "If
we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not
in us." (1 John 1:8). Accordingly, hatred (racism), or lying, or
stealing, or jealousy, or dishonoring God will never be eliminated as
long as the sun comes up in the morning. Those who endeavor to create
perfect societies, like the Communists do, are always doomed to create
Racism will regrettably
continue to exist in isolated pockets and among individuals in our land
(and throughout the world), but thankfully, it has long since ceased to
exist as a consensus among any large number of Americans. This is the
21st century, not the 1940s, or 50s, or 60s, or even 70s. The Robert
Byrd’s of our society have seen the error of their ways, as have the
noblesse oblige Republicans like George Bush ’41 who practiced "soft"
racism with his paternalistic approach to African-Americans. Apparently
the senior Bush had his epiphany as Vice-President under Ronald Reagan,
from whom he learned to honor and respect African-Americans as equals,
not as a group of Americans who were inferior in any respect.
Reagan was absolutely uncompromising in his intolerance of intolerance.
As a young man, Ronald Reagan considered his African-American friends
as equals. When Reagan was participating in sports and local hotels
wouldn’t take in African-Americans, he refused to stay at the hotel
himself. This was consistent with his support of the critical civil
rights struggles of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. Throughout his life, Ronald
Reagan displayed his total commitment to equal rights and equal respect
for all Americans, and this served as an inspiration to all around him
to do the same, including George Bush ’41.
yes, the nomination of Barak Obama was indeed a triumph for the
Democratic Party and for all Americans. Three cheers for the United
States! Hip, hip, hooray! Well done, Uncle Sam!