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Truly a historic moment

August 28, 2008 - Lee Smith
First, let me say I believe America is a great nation. This can be traced back to its founding and our ongoing reverence for freedom. Our quality of life is owed to our freedom from tyranny and our freedom to pursue our economic interests.

However, America has had its sad chapters. Obviously, slavery is the most tragic. The long struggle for political and civil rights for African-Americans is another.

Today, however, perhaps we can begin enjoying a new era. Barack Obama has become the first African-American to win a major party's nomination for the presidency. This is quite an accomplishment for him and for the country. We've come a long way.

Racism will never be at an end, but I hope we are closer to Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of judging people based on the content of their character rather than their skin color. What that means to me is that ultimately, we won't talk about race. We won't say, "Hey, this guy is the first to do this for his race." Ultimately, we will know we are fully healthy as a nation and as individuals when we consider race neither a blessing nor a curse. When, in other words, it is irrelevant.


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