Barack Obama’s victory represents a watershed moment in American history, akin to Brown v. Board of Education or the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. It speaks volumes to the world about how far this nation has come in its quest to achieve the goals identified by our Founding Fathers in the U.S. Constitution.
As fine a moment as the 2008 election is, we must also recognize that, like Brown and the Civil Rights Act, the nation will take time to change its path entirely.
President-elect Obama is a great symbol of the American Dream — it requires hard work, discipline and, above all, patience to reach the highest office in the country. It is now time for all Americans to roll up their sleeves and get down to the business of rebuilding this nation’s economy and global reputation, from the ground up.
Ange-Marie Hancock of the USC College is an expert on African American politics and the roles of race and gender in the political arena. She is author of The Politics of Disgust and the Public Identity of the “Welfare Queen” and the upcoming Beyond the Oppression Olympics: A Politics of Solidarity for the 21st Century.