The media wasted no time in offering a scapegoat by repeatedly broadcasting that the African American community, comprising approximately 10% of the population, voted 70% in favour of Prop 8.
The blogosphere is already abuzz with arguments and suggestions, some of which are based on leaks from the mainstream media while others are wild speculation.
I believe that Obama’s victory is largely for the young. He will mobilize all Americans for the future, for our children and grandchildren.
My tears flowed freely, and, just for the briefest of moments, I knew what it was to believe that I, a black mother of no real significance, was worth something.
Volunteers came from as far away as Germany to knock on doors, to stand at polling locations and ensure that no one was turned away or denied the ballot, to make millions of phone calls.
Before he died, Tupac Shakur once sang that “although it seems heaven sent, we ain’t ready to see a black President.” One can imagine Tupac smiling right now.
Watching this election, electronically linked up to voters across the United States and beyond, is a surreal and beautiful experience.
You do have to hand it to the McCain team for their oddly subtle touch. They didn’t want to go out and call Obama a terrorist just because Obama’s father was Muslim.
We have become so jaded that democracy for its own sake seems meaningless, but voting to stand against “isms” seems somehow more justified.
If McCain had wanted to continue with his “elitist” narrative against Obama then he should have shown Obama hanging out with America’s real elitist celebrities; perhaps someone like Bono or Angelina Jolie or Madonna.