Well election day has come and gone, and all of our community is still basking in the glow of Senator Barack Obama becoming President-elect Barack Obama. This election season has been filled with ups and downs, but what was never lost was the hope and promise that this day truly was/is possible.
Today, for probably the very first time in my life I am proud to be an American. Not that I am not proud to live in America, but the true inspiration that the Constitution, The Declaration of Independence and the Star Spangled Banner all include me (African American's) and my ancestors and my descendants in its words and lyrics.
For far too long African Americans have felt like this was a one-sided relationship–that America wanted everything we had to give, but that they were only willing to give us a portion of all the promise and opportunity this country had to offer. Well on November 4, 2008 America lived up to the promise. Americans of all nationalities, creeds and colors, religions and sexual orientations both far and wide said in a resounding "Yes We Can!" that America is and has Changed. For the first time we can all see that" WE THE PEOPLE", really does mean ALL the people and that is true change.
To President Barack Obama, I have to say Thank You for bringing out the very best that our people have to offer, because we believed in Barack. African Americans stepped up, showed up and voted up in record numbers. We got engaged in the process and we demonstrated that when we do get involved, African Americans really do make the difference. Do you think it is ironic that African Americans are just under 6 percent of the population of the United States of America and that Barack Obama won this election by just over 5 percent of the popular vote (-6 and +5 are certainly within the margin of error)? Not that we were the only people who voted for Barack, it took an absolute group effort. Remember Barack is not the African American President, he is the President of the United States of America. But, at the same time Thank You Black People, because the worst thing that could have happened is that we relied on others to help us when we didn't take the time or put forth the effort to help ourselves.
In closing, all I want to say is one thing. WE GOT A BLACK FAMILY IN THE WHITE HOUSE, YALL! (I'm sorry I just couldn't resist).
So, whether you agree or disagree, now more than ever I really need your input. I need to hear from you. I need to know what is going on in our community. I also need to know what other stories we need to tell, and what is on your mind. I really do want to hear from you, I want you to "Talk to Danny."
Danny J. Bakewell, Jr.
President & Executive Editor