I just received via email a very insightful and poignant perspective on the election of Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States, by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Executive Director of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship.
Last night as America elected its first black president, Barack Obama, the room I sat in, filled with tears whether or not they had experienced the pain of being black. At the same time there was much loud celebration. It reminded me of the time when my sisters and I would yell for my mother to come out of the kitchen because there was a black person on TV. And she would come running. Yet, I know that last night we were not only witnessing a black family on its way to the white house [sic] but that the true nature of things had been revealed once again. There has always been change.