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.