From Obama’s acceptance speech:
“…it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or who you love; it doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, abled, disabled, gay or straight — you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try”
The real-time Tweets started popping and fizzing, and then exploding like textual firecrackers the moment Obama said this. I realized something important was happening when MPS’ friend Frank Chow tweeted, “Obama mentioned Asians.” Chow’s tweet was immediately followed by gay boys and lesbians I follow. There was a shocked tone in each one: an American President admitted that they existed. An American President had called them out by name.
Three simple words, Obama mentioned Asians but they told us a story about being invisible, and now being seen.
The world of white male privilege is a world of blinders. I can walk across a dark parking lot in a major city, something my sisters cannot do. Something so simple as going to my car alone after a movie is a foreign experience for them.
I can walk into a department store and not wonder when store security is going to follow me. I’ve never had to feel that I was being tried and judged just for being me. I’ve never had anyone cross the street to avoid walking near me.
The American experience changed last night; We the People has a new and better ring to it. It is no longer a world of white male privilege, it is women, gay people, people of color, and yes, Asians. Maybe now, finally, We the People means all of us, every damn one of us.