Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Morgan Freeman and David Palmer

I'm not white. I am also not black. As a non-black person, I never expected to feel the overwhelming emotion that I felt Barack Obama was elected president that was rooted in our...shared-non-whiteness. It's unbelievable. It gives me hope for my children, who will grow up in this nation being, also, not white.

I was trying to convey to Mr.PhizzleDizzle last night how historic this is in my mind, as a citizen of this nation who is not white. I had tears welling up in my eyes, and I explained that, unlike him, our children would not be white and this could mean so much to their sense of possibilities.

The funny thing is, he said it really hit home for him when I said, "You know when you watch those movies where Morgan Freeman is president, and you think, 'oh that's nice....this must be *the future*, where we've achieved some sort of utopia only conceivable in movies - we no longer have to think like that." And then we simultaneously brought up the show 24, where David Palmer, a black man, is president. And how, when you watch the show, you're like, "oh what an interesting premise, one that's totally not rooted in the realm of real possibility."

Well....those days are over. It will no longer be a Hollywood pipe dream to have a black man as the POTUS. It's reality. Thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster that I've been able to witness this in my lifetime - in my youth, at that.

Ok, I think I'm done waxing poetic about Barack Obama, I'm beginning to feel like a broken record. But I'm just so damned excited.

3 comments:

ScientistMother said...

as non-white non-black person, non-US citizen, I feel the same emotion as you.

Ambivalent Academic said...

It's funny that you mention the Hollywood black presidents...every time I see those movies I think "Oh yeah, maybe when I'm 50, won't that be nice?".

So excited for what this means for oppressed and/or non-white people everywhere. I still get all choked up when I think about it.

Candid Engineer said...

In a normal election, I think race would have been more of a factor. The American people are feeling desperate enough to turn to anyone with good ideas. But don't get me wrong, it's a step in the right direction.