An irrefutable moment in time that even alternative facts won’t be able to erase. For a nation built by immigrants and slave labor, the election of Barack Obama signaled the beginning of what many had hoped would be a new era in America’s rich yet tumultuous history. While his legacy will be debated in the years to come, if nothing else, a glass ceiling was broken, offering a glimmer of hope to millions of Americans previously denied fair representation (and entry) into our political system.
For now, the Democrats continue to pick up the pieces after hoping to break another glass ceiling. Those that had passionately declared “I’m with her” were left dazed and confused after Donald Trump effectively dashed Hillary Clinton’s dream of becoming the first woman elected to the highest office in the land. For some, including Bernie Sanders’ supporters, it was further confirmation that Clinton should never have won the nomination in the first place. Despite being riddled with controversies of her own, in the end, she was still defeated by a man less qualified than her.
Accused of ignoring large swaths of the country, Clinton lost in areas that Obama had easily carried during his own presidential bids. People simply didn’t show up for her as they did for the former president, at least not in the numbers needed to secure the electoral vote. (Atlanta Black Star)