Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Analysis

For the many critics out there, I am aware that there will be spelling and grammatical errors throughout the following post, but I don't really give a shit, because I've got some pretty important things to say.

The first class I took as an undergraduate at Penn was "History of the South" taught by Sheldon Hackney, a brilliant scholar and former President of the University of Pennsylvania. From day one, Hackney's thesis for the class was essentially that race relations have been the most defining, ubiquitous trait of the history of the American South.


Tonight, I cried. I didn't plan to cry, and as I watched the returns with Lisa, I thought it crazy that she was so emotional. After we watched the McCain concession speech and the Obama victory speech within the confines of the Friedman/Apostolides residence at 9th and Lombard I did some serious thinking. But it wasn't until Lisa and I walked to Broad Street that it all hit me like a ton of bricks. I missed the creme de la creme (sp? I don't give a shit!) of Philadelphia celebrations last week as I was three thousand miles away from an athletic championship that brought this city so much pride.

But, tonight was the most magical night I've ever lived through, at least for an hour. I'm no jingoist. I'm hardly a nationalist, and as of late I've been prone to question ALL predisposed beliefs, no matter how simple. Thus, post-Obama victory, at the corner of Broad & Chestnut, giving high-fives to everyone in sight ("that's what we do in Philly," says Lisa), I realized that the hundreds of young African-Americans around me really do have something to strive for and to believe in. The leaders of our country surely will have a tough road ahead of them economically, but when I heard countless chants of USA, USA, USA, like never before, I realized that maybe the American hegemony that is now in question will carry on for quite some time longer.

It was beautiful. I wanted to buy every bling bling Obama rhinestone studded t-shirt that was being hawkwed on the street. But I resisted temptations...that's the benefit of this economy.

Will Obama make due on all of his campaign promises? Probably not.

Will Obama radically change our world? Probably not.

But, as a frequent globetrotter, I must admit, that an Obama presidency makes ALL Americans seem more enlightened. America HAS lost respect around the world, and we must regain it.

We are giving Barack Obama a chance. That's what we decided. We hope that he won't be financially or morally corrupt, but if he is, we must know that the people have spoken.

And I forgot my camera tonight, which made me reminisce of the John Mayer song "No More 3X5s." This song has always been so personal to me, usually at times when I forget my camera. In such situations, I try to take mental notes that will make up for my lack of technology.

Future posts: 1. The divisiveness/failure of the GOP. 2. The abysmal failure of the American mainstream media. 3. Why America must recalibrate politically. 4. Failure of two-party democracies.

To be continued...

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