In response to my post, someone asked me what I really thought was going to change.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the question.
I suppose I believe that having a Democrat in office will change our national direction on a number of policies and issues that are important to me.
I’m voting for the Democratic candidate because my beliefs most closely align with those of the Democratic Party.
I am voting for Barack Obama solely because I believe he is the candidate that best represents my policy interests.
That said, the possibility of seating a Democrat in the White House doesn't completely capture why I’m so excited about this particular election.
It's not the Democratic Party, their policies or even Barack Obama that makes me well up with hope.
It’s our country, it’s us.
I’m fantastically excited about what it might mean for our national culture if we elect a person of color as President.
Just think what an historic milestone that would represent...
Think of the progress we could make if more white Americans learned to accept, follow – even embrace - leadership from African Americans and more broadly, people of color.
While we have made many strides since the civil rights movement, our nation continues to struggle with issues of race.
Obama winning feels like it could be good medicine.
I think we need this.
We need to be unified, across our differences.
What was that Aesop said?
United we stand, divided we fall.
I believe in that.
One nation. Under God. Indivisible. With liberty. And justice. For all.
I’m out-of-my-mind with excitement because there is an increasing possibility that we are on the verge of breaking down a barrier, crossing into a new frontier, and charting new territory.
I can't predict exactly how a change in our national ethos of race might look, but I am hopeful that American racial politics will change for the better.
I weep tears of joy at the sheer possibility.