It's taken me sometime to work out my thoughts about Barack Obama's winning the nomination. Even though I've been an Obama supporter since he announced his candidacy, even though I voted for him, even though I volunteered for him, part of me still can't believe it.
The black guy with the funny name is the Democratic Party's nominee for the presidency of the United States of America.
I can hardly believe it. This country. These "united states." I mean, Africans have been enslaved, Counter-Reconstructed, and Jim Crowed. We've survived presidents who owned slaves, presidents who raped slaves. Woodrow Wilson. The president famous for his League of Nations. Famous for "making the world safe for democracy." Made no bones about not including black and brown people in his fight for self-governance.
We've gone through the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the America-Spanish War, the Mexican War, the Civil War, World Wars One and Two, the Vietnam War, the Korean War, and the two Persian Gulf Wars.
And now. As of Tuesday, June 3, 2008, we have an African American major party candidate for president. It's unbelievable. It is.