For the first time in four years I felt an overwhelming sense of pride to be an American. As I watched Barack Obama take the stage, in a moment that was so much bigger than him, one that enveloped the nation, I began to understand that his future presidency represented the unification of our country. Although I felt as if that my renewed optimism was considerable, I saw that so many African Americans were overcome with visible emotion.
Barack Obama’s presidential victory significantly contributed to the destruction of the racial barriers that existed with in the United States and more importantly provided a sense of realistic hope for many young African American and Hispanic people. Although we are all told that the American dream is easily attainable through perseverance, no modern day, personified, representation of this dream was available to minorities.
Barack Obama is a symbolic seal between all races. Having white people who support an African American president bridges an invisible superiority gap that was created along with slavery. It proves that change can come in any color, and that the materialization of any Americans dream is possible. DeShawn Wilson of Newburgh Free Academy says that “knowing that white people across the United States are ready for change gives all of us hope and courage to succeed within our chosen careers. Obama provides a face for the hope and change that our nation needs.”
Personally I find this renewed sense of opportunity refreshing as well. It gives me faith to know that as a nation we are actively working to equalize the country and the opportunities for all Americans.
As Mr. Obama said, “if there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.”
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