A More Perfect Union

After finishing the video (with tears in my eyes by the end) I began to wonder if I was truly witnessing history. At first, although Obama seemed promising, I was hesitant to support him because of my skepticism on any chance for a true change. Our country is condemned by a system which can not so easily be infiltrated by one man…or so I thought. As Obama made more speeches and really showed the American people what it is he represents, I started to believe him. Maybe somebody could somehow make it far in our political system while still staying true to his beliefs. I used to think there was no solution, but now I genuinely believe that Barack Obama can change what has afflicted our nation for so many years.

Truth is, there has never really been an open conversation on racial issues in America without people blaming each other or refusing to acknowledge the underlying issues. Race is the elephant in the room that nobody is allowed to speak of because it deals with some serious issues that everyone is afraid to explore. Dirty politicians (the true meaning of racists) exploit that fear and transform it into tension in order to push their greedy agendas over the American people. This has been going on for centuries, and will continue to go on until somebody stands up and encourages the average American to confront their fears and discuss them instead of bottling them up and channeling them through hate. Luckily for us, today Barack Obama finally challenged the status quo of America’s deeply rooted racism.

In his speech, Obama urges the American people to come together to form a more perfect union. The only way to do is this understanding. It is much easier for critics of unity to say, “Oh they’ll never understand.” than to educate others while also educating themselves on the viewpoints of others. Blacks need to understand that all people have a natural fear of change, and that fear has been exploited to the point where it can create racist beliefs in the minds of white people. Whites need to understand the tragic and atrocious racial injustices of America’s history can easily make people bitter and hateful, and that is understandable. It would be unfair to condemn the bitterness of others if you haven’t had to deal with the same inequalities they have. At the same time, neither fear nor bitterness will bring about change. Unity can be achieved, but only through enlightenment and understanding. Malcolm X realized that once he made his hajj and saw the possibilities of equality, “The American Negro never can be blamed for his racial animosities–he is only reacting to four hundred years of the conscious racism of the American whites. But as racism leads America up the suicide path, I do believe, from the experiences that I have had with them, that the whites of the younger generation, in the colleges and universities, will see the handwriting on the wall and many of them will turn to the spiritual path of truth–the only way left to America to ward off the disaster that racism inevitably must lead to.”

Unfortunately, Malcolm X (or El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz) was assassinated before he ever got a chance to spread his new found message. He would be ashamed to see that little has changed since his untimely death. Communication (the most important aspect to any relationship) is shunned upon nowadays. Americans are attacked and called politically incorrect whenever they speak their minds. No one seems to care what makes them feel the way they do. A sense of understanding needs to be brought upon through unfiltered communication. I do believe that an open channel of communication between all races of America could bring racial harmony, and Barack Obama might just be able to inspire the people to finally make a change.


1 Response to “A More Perfect Union”

  1. 1 Nathan
    March 19, 2008 at 1:43 am

    Great speech-

    I think Barack is one of the only people who can get me to sit down and listen for 30+ minutes.

    At this point in the campaign, Barack had to make this speech. With all the terrible headlines he’s been getting lately because of his pastor’s comments Obama had no choice but to come out and reject what his pastor has been preaching. But I think this speech had an even greater impact– Obama proved, to me at least, that through his years living on the Southside of Chicago and attending that chuch he gained a profound understanding of race relations in our country. Speciffically, I believe he, more than any other serious presidential candidate in history, truly understands the problems that face the black community.

    I could pull out dozens of quotes from his speech to prove what I’m saying, but I think to feel the full impact of his words people need to watch for themselves. Just imagine if this guy becomes president- imagine if we elect a president who has actually done hands-on work in the black community and understands through personal experience the black culture. Perhaps, we can finally begin to erase the white elephant in the room.


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