The legacy of Barack Obama should have been sealed on the night of November 4, 2008. Regardless of affiliations, agendas, or policies, a moment was reached in our history where a man who represented a race once enslaved and dehumanized had risen to the mantle of national leadership and been chosen to fill the most powerful position in the world. It was a historical moment that should have been one of reflection, of hope, and of healing.
We should have reflected on what his election meant for Americans, both black and white. For white Americans, it meant that hundreds of years of prejudice and bigotry had been erased to the point that they could accept a man of color as their leader, that at long last Martin Luther King’s dream was bearing glorious fruit. For black Americans, it meant they should never again look down because they could look up and see one of their own achieving the ultimate in American success. For black Americans, it could have been a beacon of hope that they indeed could gain success in a world that once denied them happiness.
There should have been hope for all men, of all creeds, regardless of the petty differences that tear us apart. There should have been hope that racial supremacy was in our past, that the creeds and ideals of American Freedom had, at last, persevered over ancient prejudices. There should have been hope that all children, both black and white, Jew and gentile, could live the American Dream because the final ceiling had been shattered.
And, most important of all, there should have been healing. Our country is desperate for healing. Barack Obama was a leader who had a momentous opportunity to speak as a unifying figure, to teach blacks and whites that we can come together in a shared identity as Americans and communicate that we are not a nation of discordant ethnic cultures, but a nation of a single culture of freedom.
In light of the tensions that have arisen in our country, it is evident that the solidarity of reflection instead became the divisiveness of disdain, the rising hope of inclusiveness became the fallen hope of exclusion, and the healing of a united culture of freedom has been ravaged by the vicious wounds of ethnic struggle.
While the root of our American Crisis is a veritable perfect storm of misunderstandings and reactionary actions, and while no single man can be held fully responsible for the fallen hopes of our country, the legacy that Barack Obama inherited as the first African-American President has been placed in a very precarious situation. How else will history judge a man given the unique opportunity to unite and heal, who after eight years left the country more ethnically tumultuous then when he took the mantle of leadership?
Barack Obama proved to be an unfit bearer of the hopes placed in him. He proved to be an ideologue and a demagogue who set his desires for legacy in progressive agendas that debase and degrade the ability of all men, white and black, to live independently and with dignity. And, worst of all, he showed a lack of leadership needed to promote healing and unity in the face of the tragedies which racked our souls and instead used his station to act and speak in ways calculated to use the calamities to further his ends.
The final travesty for which history will remember Barack Obama will be his willingness to lay the legacy of an election of hope on the altar of his self-serving rhetoric of fear and hopelessness.
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