Are the Americans ready for a Black President?
Nov, 2, 2008Posted by
“Yes they are! But they don’t know it!”
This is the answer provided by a German journalist on behalf of the question if the Americans were ready for a black president. Due to the upcoming Presidential election I would like to dedicate my first posts to the United States Senator from Illinois underlining the strong message of hope and change that his election would represent (not only for the United States, but for the entire world). In John Calapinto’s article Outside Man Spike Lee emphasizes this message putting it this way:
“‘This thing is not by accident,’ he said. ‘I think this thing is ordained—it’s providence. This is a sweeping movement. It’s bigger than him, it’s bigger than all of us. I think this is going to be such a pivotal moment in history that you can measure time by B.B., Before Barack, and A.B., After Barack. That’s what I feel is going to happen.’ He went on, ‘There’s ramifications all over the world. I mean, I know this is a Presidential election for the United States of America, but this thing is worldwide news. It’s not like they rang every door in Berlin to say, ‘Barack’s going to be here,’ for two hundred thousand people to show up. Two hundred thousand can come to see McCain but they’re going to be protesting, and burning American flags and who knows what else?’”
Not only the Germans but most of the Europeans are ready for Obama, if the Americans would demonstrate tonight that they are as well it would indubitably be a step in the right (that is in the correct ) direction. What a great sign it would be for the planet if the US had a president that upholds the American Dream and would therefore finally give more sense to all those flags hanging in front of American homes. A “The Econimist” article expresses that belief like this:
“Merely by becoming president, [Obama] would dispel
many of the myths built up about America: it would be far harder for
the spreaders of hate in the Islamic world to denounce the Great Satan
if it were led by a black man whose middle name is Hussein; and far
harder for autocrats around the world to claim that American democracy
is a sham. [...] At home he would salve, if not close, the ugly racial wound left by America’s
history and lessen the tendency of American blacks to blame all their
problems on racism”.
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