America: A new day, a new generation


Nowhere else on earth will you find what has started today.  Superlative.  I know.  But, a right one indeed.

Today means something special to America, not just because of the context of Barack Obama‘s racial background, but because of his philosophy rooted in the 21st century.

I even heard from a news reporter that the millennium didn’t begin until today.

This is important to my generation for the following reasons:

  1. Yes.  We are multicultural, and we have a leader to show for that.  Often times, we like to segment ourselves by our ethnic background (especially in marketing).  However, this goes without saying that most Americans have many friends from different backgrounds.  And, this becomes part of us as well.  I don’t even think Latino covers entirely who I am today.
  2. Technology.  Wow.  President Barack Obama ushered in his presidency from the bottom-up and continues to do that today with the launch of a new website, an @TheWhiteHouse twitter account, and launching a  Inauguration 2009 tumblr today!
  3. Acceptance.  One of my favorite quotes from him is that we are a stronger America bound together more by our simlarities than our differences.  And, however cliché this sounds, it holds true.  It has actually made me change my attitude when intereacting with others that I don’t necessarily agree with.

I’ll leave you with the benediction given today by Rev. Joseph Lowery, aged 87, and leader in the Civil Rights movement.

Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get back, when brown can stick around — (laughter) — when yellow will be mellow — (laughter) — when the red man can get ahead, man — (laughter) — and when white will embrace what is right.