Roland S. Martin: We are truly free now

By | November 8, 2008

Roland S. Martin, The Capital Times

– The day after Sen. Barack Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States, my mom sent me the following text message: “I woke up this morning, did my prayer time and then turned on my TV to see if anything had changed. Thank God it hadn’t.”

That was the feeling among many African-Americans and others Nov. 5. Yes, indeed, the first African-American was elected to the most powerful position in the world. The world didn’t implode. But I can assure you that a lot of folks stood a bit more upright and walked differently after watching such a historic victory.

A few folks have said that they always thought Obama would win. Count conservative commentator John McWhorter in that camp. I saw him at CNN the day after the election, and he said he always thought it would happen.

Sorry, I wasn’t in that group.

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