I got swept up.
I'm not a black-and-white person--about politics, ethnicity, coffee, or anything else. To me, the world is filled with grays, tints, and shades that defy a simple analysis. I have trouble seeing the black and white that folks like to talk about, when the only black and white I see are outlines.
Already, everybody's talking about how historic this is--to have a man of African American descent entering the White House in January. And I see this. Oh, yes, it is historic. It's unprecedented. Clearly.
But to me the real impact of this election is that the U.S. elected a President born to a native of Kenya and a native of Kansas, a graduate of Harvard and a law professor who's admitted to moral mistakes, a man who could be described as an orphan or privileged, as savvy or idealistic. In other words, our President-to-be has not only demographics, but also a personal background unlike that of anybody else who's sat in the Oval Office. Which means we don't know what will happen.
I'm swept away because, for the first time that I can remember, I don't know what I'm seeing. We have no precedent. And it's a strange feeling.
Now, back to your regularly scheduled blog.
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