Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Now that the campaign is at a close and Barack Obama is our first black president, the question comes to mind: will white politicians be marginalized now?
As it stands, President-elect Obama has broken through the barrier. He may have to endure the insults, death threats, and actual rocks thrown with only the rock-solid support of his secret service and military, but his calm, forgiving manner will allow him through this. He is the right man to persevere and break through these prejudices, and he has shown the world he can.
But now that black people have made it to the White House, the question remains. Major parties might see how much stronger, faster, and better blacks can be at this game. Dems and Republicans might start nominating them to all sorts of federal levels. Soon white politicians could find themselves the minority: blocked, outmanuvered, and out-filibustered.
Can whites overcome what history has shown time and time again: that there are people out there who don't look exactly like us that can do jobs once ours better than some of us can?
Maybe we can.