The day after November 4th, 2008 — I was walking my puppy (Abbey) around the block when I approached an older black man; I will never forget our conversation:
Older black man: “How are you, son?”
Carson: “It is a good day; it is a very good day.
Older black man: “Yes indeed. Yes indeed. It is a good day.”
I smiled as I continued to walk my dog; we did not say anything else — but we both knew why it was such a great day. With the inauguration approaching and Obama set to be president, I find myself smiling at the joy of this historical election. I am for the very first time in my life, really proud to be an American. Why? Because Americans illustrated to me that they are willing and do look beyond race. We should seeing that it is the 21st century. I do believe we will have a Muslim president, a female president, and a person of another ethnic/racial makeup.
I love this piece by Malcolm X, a person I deeply admire:
I’m not a Democrat, I’m not a Republican, and I don’t even consider myself an American. If you and I were Americans, there’d be no problem…Everything that came out of Europe, every blue-eyed thing, is already an American. And as long as you and I have been over here, we aren’t Americans yet.
Well, I am one who doesn’t believe in deluding myself. I’m not going to sit at your table and watch you eat, with nothing on my plate, and call myself a diner. Sitting at the table doesn’t make you a diner, unless you eat some of what’s on that plate. Being here in America doesn’t make you an American. Being born here in America doesn’t make you an American.