At precinct G-1

As Jinni and I left Aycock Middle School a bit ago after casting our ballots, I said to her that I wonder what it’s like for a black person to cast a ballot for a black man for president who might actually win.

So, as I went to my car, I noticed the black woman who had just voted in front of me getting into her car… she was wearing an Obama baseball cap… I figured that made her a pretty safe bet to get a response.

“Excuse me, ma’am”, I said, “but, may I ask you a something?”  “Sure you can”, said the lady.  I dove right in, “I really don’t have any way to relate to what you just did in there, so could you tell me something:  What’s it like, as a black woman, voting for the first time for a black presidential candidate that could very well win this thing?”

Obviously kind of surprised that a white guy off the street would ask such a thing, she looked me straight in the eye and said, “I’ll tell you this, it’s historic.  I feel I am part of history in the making”  Then I noticed her eyes well up a bit as she continued, “I’m seventy three years old and honestly never thought I’d live to see it.”

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3 Comments

  1. Posted November 4, 2008 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    Don Imus commented yesterday and today on his radio show… In a country where a kid could dream about becoming President – a Black Child could never do that.

    I had never really thought about that before.

  2. Posted November 4, 2008 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    Good answer, that woman. Heartfelt. Yay for all of us!

    But how many decades will it be before an American of Arab descent can feel the same thing? Or those who are Jewish? (insert any non-Christian religion in this space).

    Is race easier for us to move past than religion?

  3. Posted November 4, 2008 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Not to diminish your point, Sue. But I think Joe Lieberman broke a barrier.