History Will Be Made
It is no overstatement to say that tomorrow history will be made.
I was driving my girls to their school this morning, and I reminded them that something very important is going to happen tomorrow. And I don't just mean that we are electing leaders at the local, state, and national level. I told them that in the history of this country, every single person to hold the office of President or Vice-President has been a white man. But tomorrow, something will change.
A person might not be political. They might not care about these candidates. They might not care for these candidates. But can we just take a moment? Can we pause to recognize that tomorrow our country is going to elect a person who will fundamentally alter the makeup of the highest offices in the land?
When the Constitution of this country was written, women and black people were denied the right to vote. Tomorrow, one will be elected to the Executive Branch.
My father was born before women had the right to vote. Tomorrow, a woman may be elected Vice President of this country. My mother grew up in the segregated South where black men often could not exercise their right to vote. Tomorrow, a black man may be elected President. Their are many places in this country in which interracial marriage was forbidden, sometimes by law and sometimes by force. Tomorrow, an interracial man may be elected President.
Regardless of who wins tomorrow, something in this nation will change. The ultimate white man's club will finally be interrupted. I believe that this is good for America. We need the best people to hold these offices. And we need to recognize that the category of "best" is not confined to white men. Tomorrow, we will recognize this fact.
Tomorrow will be a day, just like today. There will still be racism, sexism, xenophobia, and all forms of hate. Sin will not become extinct. But America will say something tomorrow that it has never said. America will say that we are willing to go beyond our old comfort zone, that we are willing to be led by those we used to oppress. That makes me proud. I'm glad to be alive during this moment of history.