Well, let’s give it up to Hillary Clinton. She sure didn’t waste any time earlier on Wednesday when it came to the formal procedure of the roll call vote for the Democratic Party to nominate their candidate for president. Of course we know and we’ve been hearing for months that the delegates go through the process of the nomination, but Senator Clinton called a motion to suspend procedure and the roll call vote and move that Barack Obama be selected by the convention. Pelosi asked, everyone agreed, and history was made to nominate by acclamation Barack Obama, the first African-American in a major party for the Democratic candidate for President of the United States.
Here we are, 143 years after slaves were turned free in the United States, 54 years after Brown v. Board of Education, 53 years after Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus and the infamous murder of Emmit Till took place, 51 years after black american students tried to go to an all white public school in Little Rock, 45 years after Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech, 43 years after race riots of Watts, 16 years after another set of racially motivated riots in Los Angeles, significant improvement in race relations, political history, and history in general has been made.
Republican leaders also noted the achievement in saying this is a tremendous night for America. A tremendous night indeed when a non-Caucasian person in America essentially and statistically has a 50-50 shot at becoming president.
Not for nothin’, this we’ve come a long way in this country, but we still have a long way to go. This is a huge step for Black Americans and a huge step for Americans altogether.
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