I overheard it the day before the election.
“That Obama scares me.”
I tried to believe that his fear was of the changes that are going to occur as a result of this election.
I really would like to believe that.
But I know better.
It was fear of something different, of someone different.
“HE isn’t like us.” “HE looks different.” “HE sounds different.” “HE can’t be a real American.” “HE pals around with Bill Ayers, a domestic terrorist.” “HIS preacher teaches hate.” “HE’s a Muslim.” “I can’t vote for him, HE’s…, HE’s…, not white.”
“THAT Obama scares me.”
Despite the misinformation campaigns, the hate ads, the robocalls, and racial bias, the American electorate overwhelming elected THAT one — the SENSIBLE one — the RIGHT one.
Yes, WE can!
Yes, WE did!
The change is started. It’s going to take some time.
Some people aren’t going to like it.
It’s not going to benefit everyone.
I’m not going to like everything about it.
But the nation was off course.
The nation needed a new heading and there will be a new hand on the tiller.
Yes, we can!
I’m not afraid of Barack Obama — Never was.
Note: This commentary is not intended to imply that all who voted for McCain and against Obama were racist. In my view, race was not an issue for the majority of those who voted for the Republican candidate, but there were many voters who were influenced by race and/or the campaign ads and speeches that were designed to foster fear — and that is what this post is addressing.