This So-Called Post-Post-Racial Life

February 10, 2009

One step forward…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — pprscribe @ 10:28 am

“History in the making” is a phrase that is overused. So when we get a chance to witness something that truly feels historical…what a special feeling that is.

All over the world people watched these events together: the election and the inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama, II as the 44th President of the United States of America. In this day of niche marketing and iEverything, when is the last time that so many from so far watched any same thing together at the same time?

Surely, history in the making.

Already, children’s history lessons are being re-written: Time Magazine for Kids, for example, told its 2nd and 3rd grade readers:

Last Tuesday, 2 million people gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The day was cold, and they were outdoors. But they did not mind. They came to see history being made. Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States. He is the country’s first African-American President.

But anyone who saw the aerial photographs of all the little dots coloring the mall that day knows that the idea of “seeing” history in the making is an inaccurate statement. Those people were not just observers of history. They were an active part of that history.

And not just the people braving the frigid temps at the mall. Also, the people watching from their living rooms on their plasma TVs, in their cubicles on their smartphones, seated with classmates in schools in Indonesia, gathered with everyone in their village in Kenya.

A witness has two jobs: to observe and to testify. Let all witnesses to these two moments in Earth’s History, having already performed the first, perform the second of these duties to the fullest extent of their abilities.

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