Tonight, Barack Obama will become the first Black person in this history of the United States to be nominated as a major party's presidential candidate.
That sentence alone could sum up the day's excitement. But there's no use having a blog if you aren't going to chat a bit on it.
When I was younger, my parents, especially DadGrace used to tell me that it didn't matter what color your skin was, it only mattered who you are inside. I used to think that he was some sort of genius for the comparison, but later learned he just coopted it from a genius--Martin Luther King, Jr. Forty-five years ago today, Martin Luther King, Jr. marched on Washington D.C. and delivered one of the most infamous speeches in American history. Indeeed, Dr. King had a dream that day. We all did. But the dream was just that--a dream.
I'm not saying that we're in a post-racial society. We aren't. I'm not saying there isn't racial tension or racial divisiveness. There is. I'm not even going to make the "we're better off than we were before," comment, because until we are at full equality, it really doesn't pay to look back. But I will say this: tonight marks an important moment in that journey.
See as an inquisitive young mind, even though DadGrace told me people could be judged by their character and not their appearance, I learned differently. I looked around and saw a white-washed society in every place that mattered. I knew in my heart of hearts that he was right, but I questioned whether everyone else knew it.
Tonight that might change a little. A young Sam Grace tonight might not have to ask why things work in theory, but not in practice as a young, charismatic, Black man takes the stage and accepts the Democractic nomination for president. Even for one night, we might, just trancend our past for just a moment and look towards our future. We might just see a dream come true.
Forty five years ago today, Dr. King gave a speech in Washington D.C. that he first gave in my hometown of Detroit. Tonight in the suburbs of Detroit, a young white woman will remember why to have hope and why to dare to dream.