First African-American Presidential Nominee

Posted by on June 3, 2008

Today was a historic day. I was trying to explain to my 5-year-old son why the nomination of Barack Obama as the Democratic candidate for President of the United States is such a big deal. He didn’t get it. I had to explain to him that there are still people in the world who judge other people by the color of their skin. Johnny told me that he had heard that they used to make people with darker skin sit at the back of the bus. The concept is so foreign to Johnny that he can’t conceive of it. How wonderful it is that Johnny will grow up in a country where an African-American man can be the nominee of one of our political parties – where the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior is closer to being fulfilled than ever before!

It’s a good day.

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