11.05.2008

I, Too, Sing America


I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

Tomorrow,
I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"
Then.

Besides,
They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--

I, too, am America.

-- Langston Hughes

My family elder was born in 1919. He lived through -- and survived -- many wars, both at home and abroad. As we watched the returns last night together, it was so amazing and a little surreal. Everyone kept looking at each other and asking, "Is this really happening?" This morning I found him watching the morning news intently. The reality of last night had finally sunk in. He turned to me and said, "How does it feel to be free?"

I woke up with such a sense of purpose and genuine excitement, inspired to work harder to do more and be an even better citizen. I'm so proud that so many Americans were so deeply engaged in the issues, turned out to vote and saw past the negative campaigns to vote their conscience.

It feels good.

3 comments:

Sean said...

I too have thought that I now have to become a better citizen, although I hadn't thought to use that word. America has met me halfway. No more excuses, I have to be better. America needs me at my best. That is the promise of the election for me.

persuede said...

Here here.

dp said...

This might be my favorite internets post of 2008.

Been a long time coming, but I know a change is gonna come.