On November 4th of this year, history was made. In what can only be called a landslide, Barack Obama won the presidency of the United State of America. For eight long years, this country has suffered from the hands of right-wing fundamentalist boobs who care only about corporate profits and don’t give a damn about the broken backs of workers who make those profits possible. Science had been derailed time and again in favor of ideology and preconceived assertions of reality; remember the polar bears. The economy has crumbled, fueled heavily from bad loans given to people who simply couldn’t afford them; given by lenders who simply sold the loan upstream to another bank, took their profits, and hauled ass. Enough was enough.
And yet what I read time and again centers around the fact that Barack Obama is half black. They just. Don’t. Get. It.
There are certain ideals that, as a society, we need to strive to achieve; equality is by far, in my humble opinion, the greatest. The concept that everyone, and I mean everyone, is equal in all respects to any other human being is what we need in place now. The idea that trivial factors such as race, gender, sexual orientation, physical handicap, etc simply don’t matter has profound implications for society in general. It leads us down the path to govern by reason, not by triviality. Gay marriage is again in the news, notably California’s Proposition 8, passed with the support of the Mormons, which of course bans sam-sex marriage. In other words, fags aren’t equal, not to me anyway. So let’s give them civil unions..maybe.
Let’s go back to the sixties, shall we? How many reels of film have you seen of blacks being beaten for trying to go to school, or for simply demanding the right to vote (women, take heed here as well). Maybe it would be better to let them have their own schools. I mean afterall, niggers aren’t equal to me.
How about the rule of thumb and acceptable domestic violence against women? I mean afterall, women should know their place; they are subordinate to men. So, we’ll let them maybe work a job here or there, but nothing important like an executive, maybe a school marm? Afterall, those bitches aren’t equal to me.
Separate but equal.
Didn’t work too well though, did it? Women fought for their right to vote, they fought for equality in the workplace. Domestic violence laws say you can’t just beat on her anymore, you actually have to treat her as *gasp* an equal human being.
When schools refused to implement desegregation, the National Guard forced it. Blacks had fought for equal, civil rights, had marched and protested; people gave their lives for an idea. The idea that they were equal.
Now gays fight for basic civil rights. In Florida this week, a ruling was made stating that gay couples can adopt children. The AMA among other groups even stated that research shows that there is no negative affect on children who are raised by same-sex couples. Imagine, those queers being given equal opportunity to raise children. The ruling is being contested by religious groups.
We’ve come a long way, and we have a long way to go. The first step is in recognizing what really happened on November 4th, 2008.
People didn’t go to polls to vote in a black man, to try and make history. People didn’t give him a pat on the shoulder and say “Good job, boy.” People saw a possible end to eight years of tyranny with the use of their most sacred, fundamental, and powerful right: their right to vote. The right that was denied to others in just recent times. The right that people had protested for, fought for, and died for. The right to decide. Voters wanted change.
On November 4th, race didn’t matter; race had become irrelevant, trivial. Obama was my equal.