WNYC Guest Blogger: Afronerd
Well the fated day has finally arrived and beyond the pomp and circumstance, President Obama has his work cut out for him. We can all breath a sigh of relief as he has thus far turned out to be quite a classy (and politically moderate) fellow-not at all like the "socialist" brush my home team attempted to paint him with. But as much as a cineaste and comic book buff that I fancy myself as, one should never forget just how much the proposition of a Black president was perceived as fodder for entertainment and fantasy. So perhaps, we have to give thanks to Sammy Davis, Jr. (yes Sammy......as a child), Richard Pryor (clip, above) James Earl Jones, Dennis Haysbert and the inimitable Morgan Freeman for at least implanting the idea of a Black POTUS in our nation's consciousness.
I would also be remiss in not mentioning that this day turned out to be more of an unconventional holiday for folks of color since it has been reported that quite few Black folks took off from work to bear witness to history. But please let this not be just a "Black" day of reverence and expression! Just as the preceding MLK day should not be viewed as moment exclusive to folks with higher melanin content. Both days should be aptly perceived as AMERICAN celebratory periods-just food for thought. Now let's get this economy moving folks! The bills are mounting-just ask China!