Whether you’re a Democrat, Republican or neither, you have to admit that Barack Obama being elected the president of the United States of America signals that our country is actually progressing in relation to issues of race.
But the reason I’m so proud today is because so many people were so enthusiastic about this election. People of all ages, backgrounds, races and political affiliations were determined to be heard. My little brother was so excited that he called me to sit on the phone with me last night as we watched the results roll in.
I stood in line for nearly an hour to vote and didn’t mind one bit. I woke up yesterday morning feeling like a kid on Christmas day. I had chills while I was waiting in line knowing I was about to participate in such a historic election because regardless of who won the fact that a black man and a woman were in this race made it a special day.
But the excitement I felt then didn’t compare to what I felt as I started to hear stories of people turning out in record numbers to vote. Some folks lined up at polls at 5:30 a.m. Some waited in line for two hours. My usually apathetic friends were sending mass text messages encouraging people to vote.