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Fri., Aug. 29, 2008, 3:25 a.m.

The Great Divide…Is it a thing of the past?

David Horsey's excellent political cartoons appear daily in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and online.

Good morning, Netizens...

This is the first of several Pictures of the Day, and it in particular begs the viewer to contemplate the parallels between the late Martin Luther King and Barak Obama. A lot of people in the mainstream news media (MNM) have or will made this comparison but I have pondered for several months what the late Dr. King would say to Barak Obama were he still alive today.

The parallels between their lives were extraordinary in my opinion, but one of the places where they differ is that, unlike Dr. King's “I Have a Dream” speech, Obama only alluded to ethnicity in his speech last night, never really playing the “race card” of which so much has been written by so many in the MSM. It was if through the eyes of Barak Obama, for a brief window of time in American history and politics, we were all Americans, transcending our racial differences.

Hence this morning, one parallel I see in my vision is that thus Barak Obama, if elected as the next President of the United States, may actually fulfill the dream of which Dr. Martin Luther King spoke so eloquently many years ago. Obama is already on his way to having fulfilled that dream, having become the first person of color to accept the nomination of his political party to the Presidency, which I tend to view as mind-boggling in and of itself, given that I have met and interviewed a number of avowed racists over the years, and thus have always wondered if I would ever see this day. I think it's here: I think that America is ready to at least admit the racial divide that once separated us and perhaps heal that most ugly and ignominious blotch on the face of American tradition. I believe that Barak Obama is a good first step to this end, and for the first time in American history, we have the opportunity to begin a more equal future than our predecessors.

To borrow from my good friend Marty, for the first time in decades, I have hope that the dream once held by Dr. King will become reality in my lifetime.

Do you see our nation standing at a new beginning?


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