My Boyfriend and My President are Black
A good friend of mine called the morning after the election and said something like, “Why can’t we transcend discussion of race? Why do we have to keep talking about Obama as the first black President?”
Because. I like it. So I’m not going to transcend the topic of race. Not today. Not this week. And maybe not even next week. (Actually, I plan to celebrate this moment in history for the rest of my life.)
I want to talk about my black President. And he’s mine. Mine. Mine. Mine. Not like that. He’s Michelle’s husband. He’s my President. Yours too. Our black President. My black President talked openly about race before he was my black President. (He was probably outted by someone for being black and had to do it. Heh.) I want to talk about him. Well, really that he’s black.
Right now I want to celebrate the feeling of hope, the anticipation of change, and the dawning of a new day in history. I want to talk about my black President today because this election marked the first moment in history that we can stop talking about the first black President and finally start having one.
And? Besides? Can you imagine a world without black?
Although it would not be fun without black, let’s imagine it anyway! Heh.
Jack Black would be just Jack, possibly finding himself with Jill, or in-the-box, or nimble, or quick, or jumping over the candlestick.
Black Friday would just be Friday, and the holiday-shopping season would have no place to start.
Black Sabbath would be just Sabbath, and Ozzy Osbourne would become a day of the week for rest and worship.
The Black Panthers would be just the Panthers, a television-series high-school football team — no street cred in that.
BlackBerry would be just Berry, which actually might be a better name for a wireless handheld device, so maybe that’s one place we could lose black and be okay.
Decker would be lonely in the tool shed.
And, I think we can all agree, that my boyfriend would not be as beautiful if he were white.
Tell me Readers, what would your world be without black?