I never thought I'd live to see a black president.
I didn't think white people were ready. And if it hadn't been for the country hitting an economic disaster so big, it looked like depression was inevitable, we might not have had our first black president
My reading of Lawrence Bobo tells me that:
There are no white racists in a foxhole
And there are no white racists in a house about to be foreclosed on
Our countries history has shown that white people jump over their own racist belief systems when their own lives are in danger.
Blacks were allowed to fight in the civil war when all hands were needed on deck. Blacks were allowed to fight in a few wars when more men were needed. Blacks were allowed to fly escort planes when white piloted bomber planes were being shot down routinely. Buffalo Soldiers and Tuskegee Airmen were created seen as capable when whites needed to save themselves.
The 2008 economic crisis wasn't really that different.
It helped Obama when McCain shot himself in the foot by selecting Palin. But the economic crisis was foundational as far as the temporary suppression of white racism -- a suppression that lasted long enough for President Obama to be elected.
I also never thought there would be such a high profile black feminist man would get to president --not even 300 years after I was dead.
I never thought I'd live to see a black man so strong that he felt comfortable having his wife teach him his job;
be comfortable with her making 100K more than him in 2006;
be comfortable working as a community leader while she did the majority of the bread-winning for a period of time;
be such a team player that each of them could play whatever role they needed to play in the family work, to make their team work.
So, of course, she trusted him enough to stop working, follow him, and step inside a world that's not used to respecting black people, much less black women, where she would be ridiculed and put down every other time she opened her mouth -- just for having the audacity to be black and female both.
MAY WE NEVER EVER FORGET TEAM OBAMA.
I won't. I won't forget what they did inside and outside the White House.
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