Wednesday, November 5, 2008

One Last Thought...

...before I go to bed.

Earlier tonight, CNN was looking at exit polls, and I heard a remarkable statistic. Apparently, if you look at voters who identified race as their primary issue in this election, and compare them with all other voters, the percentage of the vote for and against Barack Obama were nearly identical. This was pointed out before we knew who was going to win.

This is remarkable. This means, in a nutshell, that race had zero effect in this election. If Obama had lost, it would not have been because of race. Likewise, that he won had nothing to do with race.

Martin Luther King, Jr., eat your heart out—we're a hell of a lot closer to that dream than you might ever have actually imagined.

And, in all honesty, Oprah Winfrey had a lot to do with this outcome. Not because of her stumping for Obama—that almost hurt her seriously. No, because of what she's done before this campaign.

Oprah is the first post-racial public figure in this country. She came into the living rooms of the women of America and presented herself not as a black woman, but as a business woman, and a damn successful one. She has never hidden from her race—in fact she's proclaimed it proudly—but that's not what she focused on. She taught many Americans how to see through (not past, through) the color of someone's skin.

And tonight, the country collectively took that one step further.


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