As I listened last night to the speech of our newly elect-President Obama, I focused in on these words in the title of my article that I'm pretty sure were spoken. This primarily in part because I am a Buddhist. My practice is of the Nichren Dashonion sect, in which we look within ourself to make ourselves a better person to contribute to world peace. Last night I believe that Americans were not only looking for change, but looked inside themselves. President-Elect Obama, I believe has been doing that for years, no matter what faith he practices.
I am only 34 years old and a product of bi-racial parents and adopted, however even I myself wouldn't have thought that a minority would ever be in the White House in my liftime. I say minority, because I believe that America needs to move forward with this thought process of race. America has finally caught up with the rest of the world. Presdient- elect Obama is not black, nor is he white, he is a human being.
I find myself fortunate to have grown up in California, Oakland to be exact, which allowed me to interact with many diverse cultures and look at people as good or bad. As I look back, I just started school in a fairly new era of non-segregation. My best friend at 8 years old was black boy who played ice hockey. I thought it was cool he played ice hockey, not because the color of his skin.
What saddened me last night is that I believe I heard l that 81% percent of those who voted didn't vote based on race and that 19% of those who voted did vote on race. For those 81% of you, congratulations on moving this country forward. For those 19% shame on you. Ignorance is a terrible drug and we need to say no to this drug.
This is a long time coming, not only for the African American community but for all minorities, women, and America itself. Though I am not politically savy I am intelligent to know that immediate change will not come over night, but I have regained some faith in what we call the United States of America.
If America can look within itself, as it began to do last night, the country can heal itself, make that step to a better peaceful country and hopefully contribute to more world peace no matter what party affiliation you are.