I've been reading the Invisible Woman - Black Cinema At Large blog for almost a year. She is an expert in black cinema, and I definitely am not. But I like her writing very much, and I have the opportunity to read her often because she is in my feed.
She rarely, if ever, posts on politics. But today I read one of her posts that had a viewpoint of Obama that I had pondered, way back in the recesses of my mind, but had never expressed. It's about the fact that he has, several times, risen above the stupidity and vapid attacks made against him, and challenged us as a community, to join him in his larger perspective.
I made a comment on her blog, something I don't generally do. But my comment expressed how I have been feeling, so I wanted to duplicate it here:
You know...I lurk here all the time because I am a pasty white girl who knows nothing about black cinema, but I like your writing. :-)
I so appreciate this post because I'm not religious either, but I believe that humankind is involved in an evolutionary process towards higher consciousness, and I am always hopeful that this evolution speeds up a bit.
I keep my eyes open for those who set good examples of inclusion, versus exclusion, and who can rise above pettiness, and while still honoring everybody's voice, they gently push us towards being better human beings, both as individuals and as a community.
I am somewhat of a cynic. And what is cynicism but an emotional cover-up of a wounded hopeful soul. So, inside I hope for Barack to be the person I think he is, and on the outside I remain skeptical. May we be delighted with what we learn.