A major reason for my denial was the conditions I experienced during my travels from state to state. Not much consideration is given to those who are left behind, the discarded inhabitants of this country, the poor, undereducated, in short, the primarily black and Latino communities.
If you asked me yesterday, no mater what the polls said, I would have declared that there is no way a Black Man will become President in America, at least in my lifetime.
“If you can’t see it, how can you fix it?” I often inquire during my numerous keynote speeches. The conclusion I came to, was that America was not interested in fixing what is broken, but rather that it was content to allow the status quo to remain. After all, America’s constant disregard for those matters of importance to me were smacking me right in the face on a daily basis. If I can see it, then so too can America, and yet they chose not to act. What more proof was needed?
Education is grossly underfunded, and the best practices and ideas often never make it to see the light of day. Funding of other programs that make no real impact seem to garner more attention and action. Income distribution was important as long as it was going in a direction opposite those communities that needed the most help. As far as I was concerned America not only didn’t get it, they probably never would.
But last night, America set me straight. Now don’t get me wrong I am not a sophomore when it comes to interpretation of polling results. There is still a gap in those who chose change and those who did not. I am not naive enough to believe that those of the old guard will now open the floodgates of opportunity to those communities who have been calling on it’s country to show them support, however I think we are embarking on an incredible journey. No matter how I (or the Pundits) slice it, this election has renewed my faith it America’s willingness to make things right and the possibility of a community organizer’s struggle.
Reach all Youth,