Moving Moment

In a few short days, an African-American man will move from his private residence into a much larger and infinitely more expensive one, owned not by him but by the taxpayers. A vast lawn, a perimeter fence and many well-trained security specialists will insulate him from the rest of us, but the mere fact that this man will be residing in this house should make us all stop and count our blessings – because it proves that we live in a nation where anything is possible.

Many believed this day would never come. Most of us hoped and prayed that it would, but few of us actually believed we would live to see it. Racism is an ugly thing in all of its forms, and there is little doubt that if this man had moved into this house fifteen years ago, there would have been a great outcry – possibly even rioting in the streets. Today, we can all be both grateful and proud that no such mayhem will take place when this man takes up residency in this house.

This man, moving into this house at this time in our nation’s history is much more than a simple change of address for him – it is proof of a change in our attitude as a nation. It is an amends of sorts – the righting of a great wrong. It is a symbol of our growth, and of our willingness to “judge a man not by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character.”

There can be little doubt now that the vast majority of us truly believe that this man has earned both his place in history and his new address. His time in this house will not be easy – it will be fraught with danger and he will face many challenges. I am sure there will be many times when he asks himself how in the world he ended up here, and like all who have gone before him, the experience will age him greatly.

But I, for one, will not waste an ounce of worry for his sake – because in every way a man can, he asked for this. His whole life for the past fifteen years appears to have been inexorably leading this man toward this house. It is highly probable that in the past, despite all of his actions, racism would have kept this man out of this house.

Today, I am proud that I am an American, and that I live in a nation where wrongs are righted, where justice matters and where truly anything is possible.

(and I’m totally annoyed with myself for not thinking of this, but alas, this comes to you via a brilliant post on Craigslist)



4 Responses to Moving Moment

  1. Anonymous December 30, 2008 at 8:58 pm #

    He was found innocent the first time. His most recent conviction was an unfair application of the judicial system to convict him for a crime that he was already found innocent of. His sentence was way out of proportion for his offense. You should be ashamed of yourself for posting this, but a lot of white people probably agree with you. This is an issue where there is still a racial divide.

  2. FUBAR December 30, 2008 at 9:12 pm #

    Ananymous (if that is indeed your real name):

    Yeah you’re right, I probably should be ashamed of myself. But I will instead simply refer you the the last sentence in this site’s disclaimer, which seems to apply. Have a great new years!

  3. Don't Mess w/ Pink December 30, 2008 at 10:06 pm #

    I was about to celebrate your genius, and then you went and attributed it to the Craig’s List post. Well, we still have Burpablog. That was awesome. Well played, Harold.

  4. treehugger December 31, 2008 at 4:48 pm #

    The high sheriffs won’t let me link to that CL post(sexual content?). Do you really expect me to surf the net while I’m at home?

    And anonymous, I believe that OJ was found guilty of murder in civil court, for whatever that might be worth.

    Keep up the good blog and enjoy the upcoming session, always good material for humor.

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