Sorry I haven’t posted in a few days. I came home to NY to vote and hopefully to be a part of this historical election where the first African-American becomes president of the United States.
Sam Cooke sung “It’s been a long time coming, but I know a change is gonna come!” and that time has come whether or not Barack wins.
This morning I voted at my voting site in Brooklyn, NY. For the first time in my life, there was a LINE! I had to wait for an hour but it was na hour spent amidst an energy that I had never experienced before. Like soldiers dying to do their duty for their country, people stood in line. determined to do their part to make this American democratic system finally start to work for the people of the US and not merely the interest of special interest groups, corporations and the very well off. Cars passed by beeping horns and shouts over Obama came from their windows. My neighborhood is a slowly diversifying one so the line consisted of a multiracial mix of neighbors united for the cause.
Ever since my arrival on Friday I have been feeling a bit disoriented, side effects of my japanization. I was worried that it would last the entirety of the 10 days I have back here in my hometown. But, standing on line surrounded by this uniquely American energy, I felt embraced by my brethren, a welcome home that pierced through the blockade that my japanization had set up. I felt as close to these people as I ever have. I am home!
I will resume my posts as soon as possible, but I’m cautiously optimistic that I’ll be celebrating for the next couple of days (-: so I may not have time. This is such a special occasion so please forgive me. Once I’m done I’ll try to convey to all of you who may be interested what I’ll be experiencing over the course of the next few days.
Thanks for your patience,
PS: To follow my political ideas go to my political blog: Ain’t no stopping us now