Happy New Year! here's to a better, more blessed 2009!
i have to say, that with the new year comes memory of a tramatic incident. amongst all the celebrating, well wishes, and toasting, a side of myself that i have tried very hard to put aside comes out.
this new year's eve marks the 2nd anniversary of my home invasion and memories of what happened that night, when my sense of security was shattered, comes flooding back into my mind.
coming home alone after ringing in 2009 this year with friends, my senses became hyper sensitive and a feeling of paranoia overcame me. i caught myself asking internally, "was that door closed when i left?"
i guess no matter how much life goes on, certain things just stay with you. as i think of it now, my stomach turns and chills run through my body.
so... a few days after one of the biggest elections in history (largest voter turnout in nearly 50 years), what is the topic of conversation?? whether or not categorizing president elect obama as the first african american president is socially correct? really?! with all that this world is facing, this nation is facing, the next president is facing, whether or not he's really african american is the topic of conversation?
questions are going around, why isn't he considered the first biracial or multicultural president? there's one simple answer... what do people see when they look at obama... the color of his skin. obama in a 2004 interview on pbs even said, "If I'm outside your building trying to catch a cab. They're not saying, 'Oh, there's a mixed race guy.'" it's a shame that the color of a man's skin still triggers in most people a gut reaction to cateogorize and prejudge, but it's a fact of life. maybe one day in the future the cultural lines will blur so much that this won't even be a topic of conversation and we'll all just see one another as a part of one race... the human kind, but that is a long, long way off.
yes, obama is half white, a side he does not shun. in fact, he embraces both his white and african american heritages. everyone should be proud of who they are and the counterparts that help make that possible. but i pose a question to you, how likely would all this have been if he was truly 100 percent african american? i guess it's the synic in me, but my gut tells me, had he been what people are trying to argue as being a "true" african american, he would not have won the presidency. i doubt he would have even won the democratic party's vote to be their next presidential candidate against hilary. maybe i'm wrong, but i guess we'll never know.
obama's win was truly an historic event. it will be something that people will look back at many, many years from now as a very notable/memorable event in this county's timeline. and i have to say, that calling him the nation's first african american president is doing more good than harm. if categorizing him that way allows a group of people, who in this country's past have been and continue to be in the present, beaten down, prejudged and in many ways limited... i say more power to that label. if that 50 percent allows those of african american decent to identify with him, claim him as one of their own and it inspires hope/empowerment for a race that i feel deserves to have some after so many years of struggling... where is the harm in that?
i took this photo back in 2005 when i was in DC. i cannot believe it's been 7 years. the memory of where i was that day, learning of the attacks, is as vivid as if it had just happened yesterday. i was on campus with my friend heidi and we quickly made our way to the carlson school of business, hearing rustlings about some plane crash and the world trade center. we watched in silence and disbelief along with many other students and faculty. everyone's eyes were glued to the tv in the lobby, witnessing events unfold in a very surreal way. my thoughts and prayers are with those who lost loved ones that very tragic day...and for those who continue to lose thier loved ones, as they serve overseas to protect all of us here, back at home on a daily basis...from the bottom of my heart, Thank You and God Bless.
"Pentagon Flag - This flag was unfurled at the Pentagon on September 12, 2001, the morning after the worst terrorist attach in American history. Three thousand people died in the September 11 attacks, including over 2,700 at the World Trade Center, 184 at the Pentagon, and 40 on the plane that crashed in Somerset County, Pennylvania."
did you guys see the 4x100 freestyle mens swimming relay? duuude that was a good one. team usa brings it in the last leg...anchor jason lezak swam his 100m in 46.0. wow. team usa wins by 8 hundredths of a second. can't get any more nail biting than that. i love watching the summer olympics.
i'm addicted to this korean show called "we got married". at first i only liked andy/solbi and crown j/seo in young, but alex/shin ae are growing on me. this show is cute. before i knew what it was, i thought it was a reality show following real couples...ha. i think i would like a guy that is a mix between andy and alex. when will a guy ever cook for me?...hehe.