Today was a good, good day.
President Obama was publicly sworn in for his second term. Today is only the second time that Inauguration Day fell on the day that we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (the first was President Clinton’s second inauguration in 1997).
A lot has been made of the President’s race, particularly during his first inauguration. One of the souvenirs I brought home from that event, in fact, is an image of President Obama, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X.
There is still so much work to be done (clearly, as some astoundingly racist shit is still happening; a quick check of the internet will show you all kinds of disgusting images and acts – in fact, this just happened four days ago). The fact remains, though, that so much good has happened in the last 50 years. We’ve seen astounding changes in attitudes and behaviors, laws and traditions, and we’re not nearly done. The fact that we elected this man, who spoke today about Seneca Falls and Selma and Stonewall, speaks to our determination not to be a country mired in its own prejudice and ignorance.
There are a lot of things about the future that scare me, but this isn’t one of them. We’re figuring this out, and I’m honored, proud, and determined to be a part of it in the way I vote, the way I raise my children, and the way that I live my life.