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Old 11-09-2008, 05:45 PM
 
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Black Students At Syracuse University, The Moment CNN Announced Barack Obama will be the 44th President of the United States

YouTube - OBAMA WINS - SU REACTIONS


I actually never even realized how much a black president would mean so much to the black community.

The funny thing is, all throughout the time I was supporting Obama during the primaries, I never even saw him as a black guy. I just happened to like his platform, his policies, his internationalist approach to world affairs, and his overall persona much more than Hillary or John Edwards.

But watching the black reaction to finally having one of their own in the White House, it makes it almost worth it to have Al Gore and John Kerry losing in 2000 and 2004.
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Old 11-09-2008, 06:09 PM
 
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Black Students At Syracuse University, The Moment CNN Announced Barack Obama will be the 44th President of the United States

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I actually never even realized how much a black president would mean so much to the black community.

The funny thing is, all throughout the time I was supporting Obama during the primaries, I never even saw him as a black guy. I just happened to like his platform, his policies, his internationalist approach to world affairs, and his overall persona much more than Hillary or John Edwards.

But watching the black reaction to finally having one of their own in the White House, it makes it almost worth it to have Al Gore and John Kerry losing in 2000 and 2004.

I see the same exuberance as the day OJ got off in '95. Of course, the first black president HAD TO BE an ultra liberal community activist, he couldn't be a moderate like Colon Powell or a conservative like Alan Keyes...
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Old 11-09-2008, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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They were celebrating a black man becoming president. And if McCain had won the election and the video showed white people celebrating you'd probably call them racist. When both are examples of racist.
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Old 11-09-2008, 06:15 PM
 
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watching the black reaction to finally having one of their own in the White House
One of their own? Isn't he one of all of us? Yes, thats a rhetorical question.

I guess part of me is sad that this was about race because it is only the issues I care about and I was initially interested in supporting Alan Keyes and would gladly support any black candidate who shared my views as I could care less what race someone is when they are running.

But I guess part of me is happy because a lot of people bought his message and Obama won and it made a lot of blacks believe America is a lot further along than many people thought as far as race.

Hopefully the next time there is a black candidate, we won't get 478 news stories in the 3 days leading to the election whining about the "Bradley" effect.
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Old 11-09-2008, 06:18 PM
 
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xavierob82, you're young (I looked at your profile) and you have never gone to a segregated schools, while blacks went to their own schools. Public toilets, drinking fountains, waiting rooms at the bus station, train station all labeled for use by whites and others for blacks.

Signs in buses that said "colored to the rear", coloreds as they were called then had to sit in the balcony in movie theaters, and on and on and on it went.

I grew up in the south, but I did interact with blacks, as my parents hired several to help with the business they owned. I also lived near a black neighborhood, and we often played with the black kids, as there just weren't that many kids around, regardless of color.

Growing up during this time, the election of a black president is one of those events I will always remember, as it has the same impact on me as seeing the Berlin Wall come down (your probably too young for that to effect you either). Wow this is a major event for us a community on this planet, and like those in East Berlin it had tremendous impact when the wall came down, now it is the turn of the blacks in this country. We all will be better for it, and the bitter so fill with hate will quickly fade into their own self loathing.

I never thought I would see this in my life time, and I suspect that most blacks are saying the same thing, at least those more than a few decades old.
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Old 11-09-2008, 06:18 PM
 
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Black Students At Syracuse University, The Moment CNN Announced Barack Obama will be the 44th President of the United States

YouTube - OBAMA WINS - SU REACTIONS


I actually never even realized how much a black president would mean so much to the black community.

The funny thing is, all throughout the time I was supporting Obama during the primaries, I never even saw him as a black guy. I just happened to like his platform, his policies, his internationalist approach to world affairs, and his overall persona much more than Hillary or John Edwards.

But watching the black reaction to finally having one of their own in the White House, it makes it almost worth it to have Al Gore and John Kerry losing in 2000 and 2004.
Great post and great video. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 11-09-2008, 06:23 PM
 
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Holy crap, I hope she isn't majoring in film studies. I need a Dramamine now.
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Old 11-09-2008, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Baltimore
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I see the same exuberance as the day OJ got off in '95. Of course, the first black president HAD TO BE an ultra liberal community activist, he couldn't be a moderate like Colon Powell or a conservative like Alan Keyes...
Alan Keyes?! You've got to be kidding!!!!
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Old 11-09-2008, 06:25 PM
 
Location: USA
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Black Students At Syracuse University, The Moment CNN Announced Barack Obama will be the 44th President of the United States

YouTube - OBAMA WINS - SU REACTIONS


I actually never even realized how much a black president would mean so much to the black community.

The funny thing is, all throughout the time I was supporting Obama during the primaries, I never even saw him as a black guy. I just happened to like his platform, his policies, his internationalist approach to world affairs, and his overall persona much more than Hillary or John Edwards.

But watching the black reaction to finally having one of their own in the White House, it makes it almost worth it to have Al Gore and John Kerry losing in 2000 and 2004.

This goes to show you the level of racism in the black community.

By Internationalist, you mean Pro-UN/Let everyone roll over USA approach??

Now, there is 1 good thing out of this election (probably the ONLY positive):

http://i19.ebayimg.com/01/i/001/19/ab/acd8_1.JPG (broken link)
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Old 11-09-2008, 06:27 PM
 
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That video about summed up my euphoria as well, and I'm white.....and old!
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