This morning, as I was walking to the subway – in a rare moment when I actually looked up from my Blackberry - I saw a child running towards me. A boy – he couldn’t have been more than 9 or 10 years old.
His face was full of joy and expectation as he ran towards his school, his mother, his friends or whatever it was behind me that caused him to come charging past.
And I smiled.
Because you see – this boy was black. A young African-American child on his way to school, unaware of all of the obstacles he will face in this world. An unemployment rate that is higher for black men than any other segment of the population, a life expectancy that is shorter, an appalling incarceration rate and a drop-out rate that is unacceptable.
But I smiled. I smiled because this black child is also growing up in a world of possibility.
For the first time, a black man has a very real chance of becoming president of the United States.
So I smiled, because, even though he likely doesn’t know it yet, that little boy has a reason to be joyful today.
Even if Barack Obama is not elected president, that black child will grow up knowing that someday – he could be.
And that means this is a new and better country – an America that holds out promise to all of its children.
- Jami Floyd, "In Session" Anchor/360° ContributorRead more Jami Floyd blogs on "In Session"
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