Self-Reflection: Obama, Politics, and Race

Posted on November 14, 2008. Filed under: Higher Education |

It has come to my attention recently, that after speaking with dozens of students across a variety of institutions throughout the northeast and other colleagues at these respective institutions, there is a recurring concern among college administrators that the current millennium generation may not understand the significance of the election of Barack Obama.  This is signified by the fact that there are very limited, if any, conversations or any other forms of extra-curricular programming, few debates between student political groups, and no celebrations.

Perhaps if the teachers sacrificed a day out of their curriculum to discuss the election, students may have taken a moment to reflect, however, students are forced to bury their noses in books and meetings, and haven’t made the opportunities to ask faculty, staff, or members of the administration, about the election and their reactions.  Is it due to the fact that this generation expects things to be done for them or is it the fear of discussing politics regarding a BLACK PRESIDENT? There are numerous reasons as to why these conversations may not be happening, for example, lack of parental involvement, peer influence, lack of concern, and so forth.

What’s my self-reflection? First off, I’m not going to discuss whether I think he’s qualified or not, but rather, the image he represents for millions of people in this country.  I’m willing to extend this number to billions, to people all over the world, that as immigrants, your children can become president of this beautiful country.  Well, I think the election of Obama and its significance stands more of a symbol, an image, a for a lack of better words, a reality for parents and grand-parents, to honestly believe, that when they tell their children or grandchildren that they “can do anything that they put their minds to,” they can believe it.  President Elect Obama is an image for the millions of disadvantaged and underprivileged citizens.  He is HOPE in the change and or the re-emergence of the U.S.’s global image and politics.  He embodies the CHANGE that the Civil Rights movement fought for, he is the new Michael Jordan, the symbol of fortitutde and strength for the weak, and is is the reality of the many dreams dreamt since the 60’s.

Who will you be? I am a vehicle of CHANGE.

More to come.

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