Monday, April 20, 2009

The Obama Effect

Of course we all know, our president is African American. His successful election has had an impact on the black community like no other. The sense of pride and the need for change has every race looking to better themselves. Women all across the world swoon at our leaders smile, wish Michelle would write a book on how to snag a man like this one, and swell up when we see how much he loves and adores his children.

What effect will the first family being African American have on us? Well, I don't know how much of a difference will come about, but my hopes are we take a more mature look at the relationships between the black male and female. See the importance of family planning, and keeping a family together, or being civil when that is not an option. I myself have grown up sans a father, or any fatherly figure in my life. I'm one of thousands, millions of men and women who have not had the positive influence of a man on their lives. Knowing that we lead by example, I've made the decision to do everything within my power to make sure my children have a father in their lives.

Of course we can't predict the future, but we can mold our lives by making good decisions and taking a step back to think before we react. We all make mistakes, but it's never too late to build a bridge. That is my hope for the Obama effect. Our village will build a bridge between male and female relationships. Raise our children with a sense of pride. I would love to see every black man who has a child with their picture in their wallet, showing it off with a smile. In a relationship we take the time to work together, understand eachother, cherish eachother and more importantly, don't sweat the small stuff. My hope for the Obama effect is to see our men rise, our women lift their voices, and our children follow in our footsteps with pride.