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Re: Inauguration at 3am by sighthound on 21 January 2009 4:03am
What a wonderful remark from your daughter, mrsthing! I am so glad that I've lived long enough to hear that.

I read body language a lot - it used to be my job - and almost always I would see either a restriction of movement or else an "over the top" reaction on the part of African Americans when being filmed in "man-on-the-street" interviews on television. I saw absolutely none of that today. That means that the people being interviewed are now confident that they are just average American citizens like everyone else. If Obama accomplishes nothing else, he has done a great thing today with that.

Re: Inauguration at 3am by kazzzz on 21 January 2009 4:14am
Yes I understand the concept behind an opressed group having one of their own in such a position, it is amazing BUT I was equally amazed that the media coverage focussed so much on that, surely the media's attitude will cause more division?

Geraldine I DID see a lot of interviews like that, perhaps for our coverage it was selective? I hope so:( Because to be honest a lot of people here have little to no knowledge of the "bones" of the whole American political campaign. And the TV staions here don;t want you to switch over. I'm glad it wasn't seen like this elsewhere.
Re: Inauguration at 3am by mrsthing on 21 January 2009 1:59pm
It represents a huge change in American attitudes. An unbelievable change, to me. There were people interviewed before the election who said they'd never vote for a n****r, no matter who he was or whom he was running against. Racism is alive and well in America, but we still managed to elect a black man president, and in an election with a huge voter turnout. I'm still shaking my head in disbelief, even as I'm rejoicing that not only have we broken a taboo in this country, but we've got ourselves someone who I believe will be a truly great president. Time will tell, I guess.
Re: Inauguration at 3am by peripatetically on 21 January 2009 2:33pm
Whew. I erased many thoughts when copying and pasting that I'm leaving this blank. Sorry guys! LOL
Re: Inauguration at 3am by MMMmmm... on 21 January 2009 7:47pm
Kazzzz - these were not just an "opressed" group. That's too much of a polite and clinical way of expressing it. These are people who for too many years in our history, were treated worse than dogs. After what I wrote last night, I saw a story on 20/20 about a black man who was beaten and murdered and his eyes were gauged out - just for "looking" at a white woman. Many unspeakably horrible and cruel things occured. There is immense pain there, that can now become immense joy. These are people who, in America, weren't allowed to vote until 1965. !965! That is why it means so much to them.

It's not creating more division - it's healing our past mistakes, and making more Americans feel proud that we can really be better - and truly live up to our ideals. We are now living more in accordance with our better angels.
Re: Inauguration at 3am by MMMmmm... on 21 January 2009 8:00pm
I've heard a number of them say: "I don't want to be called an African American anymore. I'm an American." They are so proud. He is a real manifestation of the American dream, inspiring so many of our young people of all races to want to study harder, to want to be smarter, to want to serve.

I even saw Beyonce say last night: 'He inspires me so much. Because of him I want to be smarter, I want to serve.'
Re: Inauguration at 3am by kazzzz on 21 January 2009 11:24pm
Well it sounds like a very promising future for all.
All I was doing was report our media coverage as I saw it. It wasn't my personal opinion.
Re: Inauguration at 3am by MMMmmm... on 22 January 2009 4:23am
I know Kazzz, I was just trying to help explain why it's such a big deal to them. :D
Re: Inauguration at 3am by kazzzz on 22 January 2009 10:18am
I do understand the nature of indigenous people and their plights, we live in the land of the Aborigine after all. Last year we had a landmark event when our new PM (as opposed to our old pathetic warmongering Bush loving one) apologised to them en masse for past atrocities.
It was fab.
Re: Inauguration at 3am by johnnythemonkey on 23 January 2009 2:41am

Aye,right ! You should move up to the Northern Territory and be 'Indigenous'!

Do you still exchange cards with your old 'indigenous' neighbours ?
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