The Arrow

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AND HE WON!!!!!!!!!

Posted by thearrow on November 4, 2008

With the landslide we have been hoping for!

I am besides myself with excitement 😀

I am so happy for all the African Americans who have suffered so much for so long.

And I love New York Times‘ headline: OBAMA: RACIAL BARRIER FALLS IN HEAVY TURNOUT.

They were saying tonight that back in the ’60s, when African Americans were fighting for their civil rights, Lyndon Johnson thought that a wave of black leaders would have to rise in national politics before there would be a black president of the United States. Well, Obama was the first African American senator. And the first African American president.

And yes, Virginia and Florida voted 51% Democratic. Two words: LANDSLIDE VICTORY. 🙂

From the New York Times editorial:
“An American with the name Barack Hussein Obama, the son of a white woman and a black man he barely knew, raised by his grandparents far outside the stream of American power and wealth, has been elected the 44th president of the United States.”

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9 Responses to “AND HE WON!!!!!!!!!”

  1. alt.L said

    YES!!!

  2. Departe said

    You do realise that all this talk about black/white/African American, etc is completely strange, right? Once you start dividing the American voters in “whites” and African Americans you deny the Carribean Americans, the Hispanics, and the rest. Let’s hope that Obama brings change to the US, rather than to a ethnic group in particular.

  3. thearrow said

    It’s not so strange when you think of how persistent racism has been in this country (and in some parts still is) and of what African Americans have gone through. That’s why I’m happy for them. Only forty years ago they were denied basic civil rights; discrimination is still here, in one muted form or another. I really don’t think that Obama will seek benefits only for blacks; there was nothing in his behavior or speeches to indicate that. He has run as someone who wants to unite the country, not divide it. He wouldn’t have won if he had run as an angry African American, thirsty for some kind of revenge (for lack of a better word).

    And American voters are divided into all sorts of subgroups by pollsters anyway: white blue-collar males, college-educated suburb women, hockey moms, etc., in addition to the more visible racial and ethnic lines.

  4. calatoare said

    Obama won because he was voted all across the racial board and because his message was all-inclusive (and he didn’t make race an issue because race shouldn’t be an issue). I realized the magnitude of his reach when I looked at the polls for Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, where 97% of black voters had cast their ballots for Obama to no avail…

    However, historically, this election marks an extraordinary milestone for African Americans in their long and terrible road of suffering and injustice. It would be silly not to acknowledge this. I saw on BBC an interview with a group of young people and one of them was saying that he grew up in a city and a family who had buzzers in their houses to call if a black man was coming near! And he was proud he had his saying in what he sees as an amazing change. As the NYT article noted, this man could have been owned as a slave 143 years ago. Therefore, Obama’s victory in election carries also (although is not limited to) this particular signification and I think this is what The Arrow wanted to acknowledge in her later edit. Also, from what I know, it’s not her style to think in black and white only 🙂

  5. thearrow said

    Departe, we didn’t plan a one-two punch here :); hope you don’t take it personal. I just wanted to add something that perhaps wasn’t clear: the reason why I’m happy Obama is president is not political correctness. I really think he is the right guy for the job. And, on top of that, his election is important for breaking very powerful racial barriers.

    The best part, though, is that he’s not seen just as black; his personal story makes him a multicultural figure. I just wish the situation he’s inheriting wasn’t such a mess…

  6. Departe said

    Not to worry, Arrow, I didn’t think that you two were out to get me 🙂

    I agree with you, out of the two of them, Obama was the right man for the job. All I’m saying is that I don’t see the benefit of newspaper titles which show his victory as a victory of the black people. At the end of the day, this only divides things further, considering that like you say, all his campaign was under the unity idea.

  7. thearrow said

    Can’t respond right now because of diminished brainpower :). I have come down with a nasty cold and all I can do is lie like a rag in a corner. I’ll resurface in a few days…

  8. v said

    (i don’t see that title as a ‘victory for the black people’ one. more like a ‘victory for the humanist principles’ one.)

    arrow! get better to be able to enjoy it! 😀

  9. v said

    (iaca, amintiri de-acum un an:

    🙂

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