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Old 11-04-2008, 10:11 PM
 
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I apoligize for the sappiness of this thread in advance. But on a night like tonight I believe most of you will forgive me. My "grammy", who was a native of the Kentucky/West Virginia border was as racist as a person could be. With that said, she would tell me as a child that she prayed I would live to see the day an African-American would become president. She knew the errors of her thinking but could not help the way she was raised. I truly hope that regardless of your political affiliation you acknowledge how important this day is to the future of our great country. God Bless America!
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Old 11-04-2008, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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I apoligize for the sappiness of this thread in advance. But on a night like tonight I believe most of you will forgive me. My "grammy", who was a native of the Kentucky/West Virginia border was as racist as a person could be. With that said, she would tell me as a child that she prayed I would live to see the day an African-American would become president. She knew the errors of her thinking but could not help the way she was raised. I truly hope that regardless of your political affiliation you acknowledge how important this day is to the future of our great country. God Bless America!
Obama is not a full African American. Sorry Granny.
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Old 11-04-2008, 10:27 PM
 
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I apoligize for the sappiness of this thread in advance. But on a night like tonight I believe most of you will forgive me. My "grammy", who was a native of the Kentucky/West Virginia border was as racist as a person could be. With that said, she would tell me as a child that she prayed I would live to see the day an African-American would become president. She knew the errors of her thinking but could not help the way she was raised. I truly hope that regardless of your political affiliation you acknowledge how important this day is to the future of our great country. God Bless America!
I'll join you in your sappiness. What an amazing night. What an amazing speech. I have never felt happier or prouder to be an American.
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Old 11-04-2008, 10:31 PM
 
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Obama is not a full African American. Sorry Granny.
Half is good enough to make this a historic moment in time. The election of a half black president makes it now plausible that a "full" black (though becoming a rarity for blacks in America) or any other race can one day be elected president. Even though racism is still alive and will be here for a long time, Obama becoming president is just the beginning of the racial lines being blurred.
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Old 11-04-2008, 10:31 PM
 
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I couldn't care if the guy was purple and green, i don't believe in his beliefs and scared what might happen in the future.
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Old 11-04-2008, 10:33 PM
 
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When I was a child, I lived in a town where African Americans were forced to live in only one neighborhood which had a green fence around it. They had to be inside the fence at night. Hispanics were forced to live outside of town in hovels for migrant workers. Even though we had other races, only white people went to school with me. Only white people had decent jobs. African Americans and Hispanics could not eat in restaurants, go to churches that white people attended, etc. It was a horrible system. Slowly, in my 64 years, I have seen it change, and our country has become more and more inclusive. Tonight makes me so proud to be an American. Than is why I have been teary eyed. These are changes I have prayed for ever since I was old enough to understand.
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Old 11-04-2008, 10:43 PM
 
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When I was a child, I lived in a town where African Americans were forced to live in only one neighborhood which had a green fence around it. They had to be inside the fence at night. Hispanics were forced to live outside of town in hovels for migrant workers. Even though we had other races, only white people went to school with me. Only white people had decent jobs. African Americans and Hispanics could not eat in restaurants, go to churches that white people attended, etc. It was a horrible system. Slowly, in my 64 years, I have seen it change, and our country has become more and more inclusive. Tonight makes me so proud to be an American. Than is why I have been teary eyed. These are changes I have prayed for ever since I was old enough to understand.
Wow that's amazing. And people really overlook how hard it was for many races/creeds/ethnicities in this country. I am half Irish and my grandfather was beaten up in Chicago almost every day. It is great to see that perhaps we can finally all get along and respect each other.
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Old 11-04-2008, 10:59 PM
 
Location: in purgurtory in London
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Obama is not a full African American. Sorry Granny.
As it has been pointed out before....if he was pumping gas or working at Walmart or homeless on the streets, he'd jsut be another black man or another n****r. Not half Black.
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Old 11-04-2008, 11:27 PM
 
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As it has been pointed out before....if he was pumping gas or working at Walmart or homeless on the streets, he'd jsut be another black man or another n****r. Not half Black.
That's a great point. And so many would see him as exactly what you said. But I truly believe we are getting past that BS. We are starting to see people for what they are. And that is people.
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Old 11-05-2008, 12:01 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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I am 20 years old and this is the first Presidential election I've ever voted in. My theory and thoughts throughout the voting process shifted many times over, but in the end I voted Obama/Biden 08. For the first time in my life, I feel to be a part of something. For the first time in my memory, I was truly proud to be an American. If I have subjected myself to a system, it's a system I'd like to be subjected to for the time being. Moreso, I think I have simply been appealed to by something bigger than myself, and it doesn't end now. My generation will be a great generation, and we're ready to get going, and we're all going to need everybody's help; there's a lot of work to do.

Proudly American today.
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