Monday, January 19, 2009

Race and riding

Tomorrow is a big day for the United States. I remember when Obama first announced his candidacy, it didn't think that he had a chance. The basis was two fold. First was that he was junior new Senator from our state of Illinois. Second, I didn't think that that United States was ready or willing to have an African American as the President. Yet I have been happily surprised that enough Americans got behind him and the world joins in our excitement at his inauguration tomorrow.

Obama leadership of our country demonstrates progress but not the end of the issues of race. While many celebrate his presidency, I know many peoples world are disrupted by the thought that this country will be lead by an African American. Yet I hope that this era will usher in a time of a more cosmopolitan acceptance of those who aren't mirror images of ourselves.

Personally, I hope that this level of acceptance will allow my wife to comfortably ride with me on the Connie anywhere that we chose. However, I have to be practical. I have found that people worst can come out even more when confronted with the reality of a multiracial couple even. I am blessed to be comfortable and happy with who am I. More so I appreciate both those who are like me and well as those who are not. To me that is what makes life special.

In the riding world, we are often as segregated as other areas of our lives. Most riding groups are homogoneous in one way or another and most often amound racial lines, just like most of our churchs. I think that the only people who are in mixed riding groups, or churches, for the matter, are those who consciously choose to be in that setting.

May the advent of a new political era also usher in a greater appreciation and respect for others.

Peace and the open road.


Baron's Life said...

Very well said. Amen to that brother. People should be free to go wherever they want to and whenever it suits them to do so. Nobody should be afraid of walking with her/his head high up. WE are all children of the Universe and YES WE CAN! YES WE CAN!

irondad said...

I agree totally. My wish is that people could just look at another person and see a fellow human being. Or rider. Or worshipper. Or anything. Having Obama as president won't help much. Nothing against him. It just all seems to start with everyday individuals working shoulder to shoulder. Only then do walls come down.

Nice post. There's plenty to think about and reflect on in our own life.

Thank you for the link, by the way!