WHAT THIS ELECTION HAS MEANT TO ME - latinalover1968's Blog

WHAT THIS ELECTION HAS MEANT TO ME

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i can't even begin to tell you what this election has meant to me. i am a hispanic and black woman who never met her black dad. i grew up feeling as if i was missing something. when i became an adult, i wanted to know more about my culture. i started reading about civil rights and injustices and struggles of my father's people. they soon became mine. i opened my heart and mind to all of the beauty that comes in being a black woman. it became my mission to teach myself all i could about whats been goin on. to open my eyes to what being black is. When Barrack Obama was elected, it was something that I've waited for but never expected to become a reality in my lifetime. Even now, as I type this, I can't help but cry. Cry for what this means to me, to so many like me and to this country. I've never, ever been prouder to be an american as i am today. I thought about Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers, Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, Malcolm X, Assata Shakur, Black Panthers and so many more who thru so much adversity, did what they had to do to fight for every inch of freedom and rights we have today. Those, who despite enduring the cruelties and degradation of the Middle Passage, slavery, lynchings, Jim-Crowism, social injustice, segregation, and discrimination, never gave up. The most beautiful thing for me was seeing a sea of faces of all races come together to make an amazing change in this country. I finally felt that this is what America is. The land of opportunity, the land where you can be whatever you choose to be. I now believe that. that day has arrived and it has filled me up with so much love for a country that could finally come together, without letting race get in the way. It's not to say that racism will end and things will all be wonderful but i will say that a better day has come, a day of hope and strength. A day that I will never forget for as long as I live.

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