Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A new era

Being an Auggie during such a transformational election has been a great experience. By 10 A.M. this morning, all the newspapers (all, of course, devoted to Barack's victory) were gone. Did you know that Augsburg students get free daily copies of the Star Tribune, USA Today, and the New York Times?
It's also been neat because we're studying religion and race in Honors 200 (a religion course) right now. We've talked a LOT about the civil rights movement.

The magnitude of the election is still sinking in. It's strange, too, considering I've been a supporter of Barack before he announced his candidacy. But because Obama's election is such a historical event, it's going to be on my mind for a long time. Every time I check the news, I hear or see another story of how the world is watching us, with renewed trust in our ability to be a beacon of hope and a symbol of peace.

Thinking back to last night, the image of Jesse Jackson crying really hit me. He didn't just shed a few tears, he silently wept. It was incredibly powerful. How special this must be for people like him.
And say what you might about Jackson's earlier (very rude) comments about Barack, but in my opinion, his actions last night speak more loudly than any fleeting angry words.

What a special time for us.

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