Yesterday, I was saddened that Jamal, and many other young men and woman who have lost their lives to senseless violence, did not witness a historical moment in history. I was saddened they were not able to witness Americans thinking beyond racial barriers and casting their votes for positive change by electing Barack Obama.
Yet, on another note I felt a sense of renewed hope and faith. Not only did I feel it, I saw it. I saw a sense of hope, faith and love that I had not seen in the eyes of my brothers and sisters, my children, my neighbors, my friends and co-workers, in a very long time. From the wino on the corner, to the little old lady, to the beautiful young people, all of whom stood in lines in the rain, often for hours, I saw on their faces renewed hope, faith and love. I saw renewed hope in the eyes of those whose eyes have mirrored hopelessness for a very long time. I felt delighted that so many of us have been given a fresh dose of hope in a dismal time in America.
I am proud that America is finally moving beyond racial issues and striving to see people for who they are. I am proud that Americans are finally realizing that we need change in the administration, change in policy, and change from our leadership. We need positive change which incorporates, We, the People. Not We, the Rich People; not We, the Black People; not We, the White People, not We the Straight People, but, We The People.
I feel renewed hope that President elect Obama has the abilities to inspire Americans to stop thinking and feeling in the backward ways of divisiveness and hopelessness. I can see that Obama truly believes in what he speaks and that his love for humanity will be so contagious, that we all will catch it.
Just as hopelessness, hatred, and lacking faith is contagious; so is hopefulness, faith and love. I am positive that Obama will be the anecdote to the disease of hopelessness and hatred that was spreading across America in epidemic proportions. His spirit for humanity will sweep across racial lines, religious sects, city streets, country roads, and spread throughout the world. The essence of embracing humanity and loving thy neighbor will become so infectious that it will spread in pandemic proportions!
So even though Jamal and many others who have lost their lives to senseless violence are not around to share in the victory, I am delighted that there are so many others who are still here who will catch the love virus, spread it, and create a world where hatred may become eradicated and the communicable love virus spreads across America and beyond!