Flori-duh played the fool last Tuesday night, thanks to officials who lengthened the ballot and shortened early voting. This picture was taken on election day in my Brickell neighborhood voting spot, courtesy of Glenn Terry.
The nice thing is—it didn’t matter. The nation didn’t need Florida to do the right thing—the nation didn’t need the entire Confederacy.
Let me say first how thrilled, exhilarated, tickled, and ecstatic I was over the outcome.
And how sad I was to see my home country—the South—continuing its trudge backward: against evolution, immigration reform, affirmative action, climate change, gay marriage and women’s choice. The South stayed solidly Republican.
How can we claim this is a post-racial society when 38% of African-American children live in poverty and go to schools unequipped to meet their needs, when disproportionate numbers of young males are in prison thanks to the war on drugs, and black unemployment is double that of whites?
Barack Obama’s success is a celebration—but he is an extraordinary man given extraordinary chances. Our job to create ordinary chances for the rest.