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I kept waking up in the middle of the night, remembering that Obama won the election, and feeling great. But there is one little thing nagging me. In McCain’s concession speech and in a lot of the post-election commentary, there was a lot of talk implying that racism is over, and that no one has anything to complain about anymore. I think this election was a HUGE step in the right direction, but I don’t believe that this election has eliminated systemic discrimination, racial profiling, or any number of other racial tensions, and the race-baiting by many McCain supporters demonstrated that racism is alive and well.

It’s often said that people who aren’t white males have to be twice as smart and work twice as hard to achieve the same things that white males do. If there’s anyone who exemplifies that, it’s Obama. I am thrilled to have a smart, hardworking president-elect. If he runs his presidency with the same attitude and self-discipline as his campaign, things are gonna be OK. In the middle of the night the cynical thought occured to me that we won’t be a post-racial society until it’s possible to elect a nonwhite person who is as stupid and pathological as George W. Bush, let him/her tear the country apart for four years and then re-elect him/her. Of course, when we’ve reached that point, hopefully there will be better ways of proving it.

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I spent Election Night celebrating with three other incredible American women who live here in Falun. We had a sleepover party and it was lots of fun. Part of me wishes I could have been part of a big crowd in the US at the moment Obama’s victory was announced, though, so below is a collage of You Tube videos so I can feel the excitement vicariously:

Times Square:

East Village, Manhattan (love the girls squealing “Oh my god!” and “Holy fucking shit!”)

Grant Park, Chicago (view from the crowd rather than the network feed)

Richmond, VA

DC, the city I pretty much consider my home in the US as I lived the largest chunk of my adult life there (and which voted 92% for Obama). I lived there through two election cycles which resulted in Bush’s election and re-election and I really wish I could have been there this time.

There was a march down 16th Street in DC to the White House

Four networks simultaneously

And here’s a picture from Falun, Sweden:

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I'm an American who started blogging when I moved to Russia in 2004. Eventually I moved to Sweden, where life is pleasant but uneventful, and stopped blogging for lack of interesting things to say. And then I joined Facebook, which further destroyed any motivation for blogging. Maybe someday I'll start blogging again, but for now, this blog is dormant, an archive of The Russia Years: 2004-2008.

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