August 22, 2008
As the 2008 election heats up and we are heading into what is sure to be remembered as one of the most historical presidential races in recent history, we now ask ourselves whether our nation is voting for a man that will make change for America, or a black man that will change the face of America.
It is no secret that the US has not been held in high regard for many years by other countries. Many have cited American policies a demonstration of political arrogance that all Americans have the same ideas and beliefs as George Bush. This is what has attracted many foreigners, like the French, to Barack Obama and his new vision for change. The French, as well as many new voters in America, see Obama bridging together ethnic differences and putting away minority policies that have divided this country for so many years. His new ideas for an equal America have attracted the majority of our youth as well as minorities. This is why many have predicted that his vote will sweep the US and will count for the largest demographic in history. Never have so many minorities and voters under the age of 24 been so involved with the presidential elections until now. Not to be blunt or anything, but wouldn’t you think that many of these views are associated with the fact that Obama is indeed black and that people see this as taking one step closer to eliminating racism?
So I ask you this, is our country trying to seek change in our nation with Barack’s policies and opinions or are we really trying to resolve our “hush hush” racism issue in turning into a colorblind nation by electing our first black president?
This has been one of the most popular underlying themes throughout this election with both parties accusing each other using racial undertones. But if you were to ask each party about the issue, they would try to deny that race has been a factor in their battle towards presidency. Yet, even though this sensitive issue remains under the breath of our nation, Obama had no problem bringing it to the table in one of his most talked about speeches:
In consideration to all of this, a recent poll asked Americans how comfortable they feel electing an African American president and these statistics show that the US is leaning towards a colorblind nation. But this doesn’t mean that America will lose racism altogether; in fact some believe that by electing an African American president will not only keep racism alive but will enhance a domino effect of diminished programs meant for preserving minorities. Jason Parham believes that by electing a black president it will only bring forth more issues on race rather than solve them.
Is this true? I for one don’t agree. I feel that there is time for dramatic change in one’s nation and that this is our way of making that change. The US has not forgotten its bloody history with slaves and its civil rights movement; and by appointing Obama the highest position in America we will not only change the face of America, but we also might get one step closer to putting an end on racism.