Tuesday, November 04, 2008

yayayayayayay!!!

OK, maybe it's premature, but I'm excited.

I was trying to explain to a friend the other day how growing up as a kid in the Trudeau era in Canada (and to give credit, with parents like mine) meant that you were inundated with visions of a racism-free, hopeful, country where things were fair, generous and kind - no not just country - WORLD. Being a kid in the 70s was on the tail of all that socially revolutionary stuff of the 60s, and we were told that we were free to be you and me, that it was fine for boys to have dolls, that being gay was no big deal, that colour of the skin means nothing.

But then you grow up a bit more and you see that while that's what we supposedly want, it's mostly white dudes in power, with women few and far between, being gay means you often get treated like a pariah, and you get to see how race IS an issue despite all those dreamy ideas we had (and have).

As I write this, Obama has 196 electoral votes, and McCain has 163. But Obama is leading in 96 electoral votes that are still undecided, and McCain is only leading in 26.

This might sound kind of corny, but I'm not only FUCKING OVERJOYED for every non-white kid who has felt subconsciously - or consciously - that they can't REALLY be President or Prime Minister or whatever the hell else they set their sights on, and is now (hopefully) having that psychological barrier shattered, but I'm fucking overjoyed for everyone else. It's about time!!!!

2 Comments:

At November 05, 2008 10:00 AM, Blogger Tara said...

Is it wrong to love your president? It feels so right. He's so cool he almost seems.....Canadian!

 
At November 08, 2008 2:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama for the motherfucking win. Seriously, I think I'm a little bit in love with him, or what he represents. I never thought I'd feel so uncynical and delighted about American politics again. Truly amazing times.

 

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