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Barrack Obama and The Change

January 20, 2009

 obama5242           Today Mr. Barack Obama was going into history not only as another American president but also as the first African-American President. In a country which still treats the native people as second grade citizens this is a massive change where a man from the tamed society going to dictate the terms of that nation. Each and every word that is spilled by him will have utter importance than any other person in this world. Already we have seen that in the past 2 months. Every move of him has been watched closely. He may have fought and elected as President, but the path for his journey to President was not made by himself but by many others who fought for the rights of the black people.

         If we read about the racial discrimination in America it will make us feel sorry for those people. Because they are the people of that land but even after freedom they have been slaves to the people who were just migrated from European countries during colonial era. I think the most horrible thing in any living being life is to be a slave. But generations of those native people were treated as slaves who worked used in agricultural works, shipyards, docks and domestic servants. In 1862, then American president Mr .Abraham Lincoln issued Emancipation Proclamation to free the slaves and it came into full effect during 1865.

           American civil Rights movement has been started to claim the rights of the coloured people and below is short summary what is American Civil Rights Movement and how they achieved their rights in a short summary:

Civil Rights marchers at the Lincoln MemorialProminent African American politicians, entertainers and activists pushed for civil rights throughout the twentieth century, quite noticeably during the 1930s and 1940s with noted allies including First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who facilitated singer Marian Anderson’s famous 1939 Easter concert when segregated venues would not accommodate her.

 Activists, particularly A. Philip Randolph agitated for civil rights throughout the Great Depression and World War II years, organizing protest marches and seeking government concessions. The efforts of civil rights activists began to bear fruit with the issuance of wartime Executive Order 8802, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on June 25, 1941 to prohibit racial discrimination in the national defense industry.  This was followed by Executive Order 9981 by President Harry S. Truman in July 1948, which banned racial segregation in the American armed forces, and the creation of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in 1957. The 1950s and 1960s saw the peaking of the American Civil Rights Movement and the desegregation of schools under the 1954 Supreme Court case Brown v. Board and the organizing of widespread protests across the nation under a younger generation of leaders.

 The pastor and activist Martin Luther King, Jr. was the catalyst for many nonviolent protests in the 1960s which led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This signified a change in the social acceptance of legislative racism in America and a profound increase in the number of opportunities available for people of color in the United States While substantial gains were made in the succeeding decades through middle class advancement and public employment, black poverty and lack of education deepened in the context of de-industrialization.

       From then on, colored people were started to get rights in their country and most notably in last 15 years many were decorated higher positions of United States which includes Mr.Colin Powell, Ms.Condelliza Rice and many more. And the thing what we have seen is something that no American would have dreamt some 40 years ago. Even Mr.Obama wouldn’t have a thought about that. But thats the beauty of democracy, where everybody is equal. Even though there are many problems which may make Mr.Obama restless over the next 4 years one thing for sure is change was already happened and he has to continue it. He is an inspiration. Not only by the win he attained but also the way he speaks and expresses himself. His confident speeches strikes me like a bolt. His victorious speech is truly marvellous which will make every citizen of his country to feel confident. Here is his speech:

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer. More...

        Even I believe in Obama. He has already brought the change and I hope he will continue in the same path. Another quote which sums up the situation and impressed me immensely is:

Rosa sat so Martin could walk, so Obama could run, so our children can fly

Sources: Wikipedia and Telegraph

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Steve Jones permalink
    January 20, 2009 9:55 pm

    You say that Barack Obama is the first African-American president, that statement is completely false. Several years ago, I hired a young lady whose father was of African and American Indian descent(not African American but actual African descent, Kenyan if I remember correctly.) and her mother was white. While completing the new hire paperwork she checked the “other” block. I was later informed by someone in the HR department that she could not check the “other” block.(Why was it there?) I was then told that multiracial individuals use their mother’s race. Using this logic, that would mean that BO is white. That’s right, white. He is just another white president. But, he has done an excellent job of selling this lie to the public. He lives like a white man, acts like a white man, therefore he is a white man. I bet he has no poor black friends.

    kanagu:Hi Steve, welcome here 🙂
    Yeah.. he may behave like a white man.. but still this is a recognization for the black people who has been considered a step below to the white people. He may inspire many people in coloured community to fight for their rights fiercely. Be optimistic 🙂

  2. January 21, 2009 12:03 am

    I hope Mr. Obama will fulfill his destiny. If not, all progress will be lost.

    kanagu: Amen, leafless 🙂

  3. Chirag permalink
    January 21, 2009 11:16 am

    Dude seriously after all this this guy better turn the world around. 🙂 Wish him all the luck and intelligence to clean up mess of last 8 Years.

    kanagu: Same thoughts here Chirag 🙂

  4. January 21, 2009 5:13 pm

    The change has already begun…with huge crowds welcoming him n eager to participate in the ‘change we can believe in’ motto, 2009 will be a historic year indeed…
    Steve Jones, u may be right but thats the only way to win an election campaign in a country fighting for liberation…Become someone like the crowd and give them hope…he has done a great job, i must say…and he has to stick to his vows otherwise he is in grave danger!
    i know he will…since this is pre-destined..after a bad phase comes the good and it fights with love bringing in more love…Rich blacks or poor blacks – everybody wants respect n now their time is come

    kanagu: Hi Vinnie!!! welcome here 🙂
    The change we can believe in, right 🙂

  5. January 21, 2009 6:58 pm

    Wow!! Nice Article. How had I missed such a nice site for so long 🙂

    kanagu: Welcome back Vijay 🙂
    Thanks for those nice words 🙂

  6. January 21, 2009 9:42 pm

    The ascendency of Barack Obama reminds me of the Irwing Wallace Novel, “The Man”. I don’t know, whether you have read it. In that novel, a coloured man Douglas Dilman, accidentally becomes the President of America, due to the sudden death of the American President.
    The cabinet of the deposed ex-President doesn’t like a coloured man becoming their President and try to impeach him and through him out of power. But the way in which Douglas Dilman conducts himself and how he comes out of this trouble forms the rest of the novel. Please read it, when you get time.


    kanagu: It sounds good.. I will read it sometime soon 🙂

  7. January 22, 2009 1:48 am

    Well racism is a problem in every country. It is a problem even in this country. If you do not look like the majority of the people, good luck! Sometimes its best not to point at other people’s history. The thing is I do not care who is in the White House as long as they fix up a lot of mess.

    kanagu: Well said Odzer.. Its not important who is at the helm but what he does matters.. but if something is wrong we have to point out right odzer.. whether it is history or present..

  8. January 22, 2009 10:40 pm

    Obama is a gifted and inspirational orator, for sure…we shall have to wait and see if he can walk the talk 🙂

    kanagu: I am also waiting eagerly to see how he performs 🙂

  9. January 27, 2009 10:48 pm

    Obama is a great orator and I hope he does justice to whatever he’s promised.

    He’s got a complete mess on his plate now.

    kanagu: Welcome here Mumbai.. 🙂
    thats true… he has to live upto his speech 🙂

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