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Filed under: Obama, Politics — Tags: — zundel @ pm

Obama’s Triumph Is America’s Too” by Elizabeth Wurtzel in The Wall Street Journal 2008-11-06

biracial man who identifies as African-American

Mmm…let’s resuscitate black.

When the winner was declared last night, I was deeply moved by the images of the Luo tribesmen in Kogelo, Kenya, dancing in the streets because one of their descendants is to become leader of the Free World. It would have been similarly appropriate for the CNN cameras to show the thrilled faces at the offices of the Harvard Law Review or in the dormitory lounges at Columbia University, or to look into living rooms in Honolulu or dens in Wichita as folks watched their hometown boy head to triumph.

CNN did not show the many colors of Harvard Law, Columbia, or Honolulu.

I am mystified by what happened instead. All the news networks showed scenes in the streets of Harlem and Compton, on the campus of Spelman College, and in the pews of Ebenezer Baptist Church — all of which have nothing to do with Barack Obama. It seems that his win was mistaken for a black triumph, when actually it was a Democratic and human victory.

The Guardian had images of celebration from all over the world—none white.

Of course, Mr. Obama’s election to the highest office in the nation is a particular party for the African-American community — only a moron would miss that point — but why leave the rest of us out? Anyone still thinking straight after this heady occasion knows that Mr. Obama is to be our next president in spite of race, not because of it.

Obama at Punahou, Honolulu

Obama at Punahou, Honolulu


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