I heard something today while I was in another building covering lunch for a co-worker. Another co-worker was eating his lunch in the break room which is close to where I was sitting. He was talking to me about our company needing to hire more people, that there was enough work, etc. Then he said something really strange, at least to me. He said, "Now that we have a black president I am sure there will be a lot of them down here." Huh?
I spun around in my chair and asked him what he meant. He repeated his statement and I sat there dumbfounded. Does he really believe that? And apparently he did. It was hard to fathom what I had heard. Is our country so backward, so ignorant, so racist as to think that just because the president has a different skin color that suddenly blacks will be employed everywhere?
I will admit that I live in a very prejudiced part of my state and that there are people all around me that believe differently than myself. I also think that it is their right, just as it is mine, to have that belief and also the freedom to state what is on their mind. Many people have given their very lives for us to have that freedom. Oh my, is that what I am going to hear for the next 4 years? Probably. But that's ok. Because I truly believe in my heart of hearts that we will all be better off with the leader that was chosen yesterday. It will take time and it will take work but in the end the result will be worth every ounce of effort.
I look forward to being able to ask that same co-worker someday just how much different his life is now as compared to before the Election of 2008. That is really what it is all about isn't it?