Endings: Last week I was laid off by my employer (along with many others). It’s bittersweet: while as usual I can’t really say much about work I can say that I believe it’s a good company that has a lot of very public and obvious problems it needs to fix. I can only speak for myself but I believe I am well-respected and hard-working so I don’t know where the logic comes into this action; I just hope it all works out for those who remain. I truly wish I could say more, vent a little, all that, but free speech isn’t what it used to be.
Beginnings: Tomorrow we elect a new president of these United States. I think that man will be Barack Obama. On August 28, 1963 my namesake Martin Luther King dreamt of a world where his children and indeed all people, “will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character”. Just over 45 years later we are on the verge of electing a man of color to the highest office in the land. Here’s the links (video or text) to his historic and prophetic speech.
Somewhere, Dr. King is smiling… in fact, I think he’s standing shoulder to shoulder with Madelyn Payne Dunham (Barack’s recently-departed grandmother) waiting to see the election results come in. I sincerely hope that his election will help start healing the wounds that divide this country both ideologically and racially, and will open an entirely new (and better) chapter in our great history.