When news spread Sunday night about Bin Laden’s death, video started circulating which showed Americans celebrating his death. In D.C., Americans gathered in front of the White House. In New York, Americans took to the streets in jubilee. Survivors and families of 9/11 victims cried. Chants were shouted in patriotic unison. The national anthem was sung. But more than pride, there was an overwhelming sense of relief.
This is the reason why Bin Laden’s death should be celebrated. It’s a relief. There are those who feel uneasy about the excessive celebrating. There are those who may feel the celebrating was hypocritical for those who consider themselves Christian or religious in any way. The fact of the matter is that Bin Laden declared war on the United States of America. He declared war on western civilization. He declared war on any sympathizers of America, including other coutries that were predominantly Muslim. He took credit for the U.S. Embassy bombings of 1998. He took credit for the 9/11 attacks. He killed thousands of people, including many Muslims. He was a murderer.
The death of Bin Laden is bigger than Bin Laden himself. The death of Bin Laden is not the death of terrorism itself. The death of Bin Laden in itself is the death of an ideal. It is the death of a symbol. In a sense, it was closure. And the act of celebrating is a projected demonstration of the sense of closure that Americans have been seeking for ten years.
Sometimes, when you read a book, you may re-read it many times over. Sometimes you get stuck on a particular chapter. You may find yourself losing sleep, eyes heavy, from searching for meaning. Sometimes you just want to finish the chapter so that you can rest… knowing that you’ll pick the book back up the next day to start a new chapter and search for new meanings.
We know this isn’t the end of the book, but it is the end of a chapter. We can rest… for now.
Today marks the day one year ago that Barack Obama was elected president and uttered the words, “Change has come to America”. Well my fellow nerds I have a question. Has change come to America? I won’t go into all the other things plaguing society, but we’ll just look at it from the black male perspective.
CNN is doing their normal explotive news coverage.
And they bring up some very good examples of brothers doing there thing. But my big issue is most of these brothers were doing their thing before President Obama was elected president. Then I look at stories like the one about Derrion Albert and wonder if his election has meant anything to our young brothers.
Well my answer is yes and no. I don’t believe Barack Obama being elected has done anything to change how black men have acted or will act. I think there has to be an inherent nature to want to be better in order to do better. People say black boys can look to him now and believe they can do anything. I think all young brothers that feel that way after seeing Barack had a want to do great in the first place. Him being elected only confirmed their desires.
I feel like any change in our society must be grass roots. We have to show brothers one on one how to be better. And most of all they have to want to be better. I’m not taking anything away from his election. I think it was great that he was elected and thing it was a great win for the black community. But I don’t think we can look to his election as a defining moment that “change has come to [black] america”.
But anyway… How do you feel? Do you see this past year as a marked improvement for the black male in society in the age of Obama?