Wednesday, November 05, 2008
A Change Is Gonna Come
Wow, what a day...
"I do not think Barack Obama will win or lose because of his race, but if he does win, the real moment you will know that America has changed is not when he takes the oath, but when we see pictures of tiny people padding along the White House corridors - a black First Family - representing America and American-ness. "Getting the tube home this evening, after a truly extraordinary day. I saw a beautiful little mixed race girl in her pram with her Mum. She was maybe 18 months old. I realised she's going to grow up in a world where the idea of someone of African parentage being the most powerful person on the planet will seem perfectly normal. And that just feels like the coolest thing in the world.
The BBC's Justin Webb, on From Our Own Correspondent.
I don't really preach about politics on here, but I'm still stunned, elated and overawed by the election of Barack Obama. One of the most amazing days of my life, so I can't even begin to imagine what it must be like for those who've fought for civil rights over the years, and those who continue to battle against racial prejudice today. Sure, there will be more battles to come, and once the honeymoon is over, there are plenty of problems to be confronted. But this has been a day to suspend cynicism. The world really can change.
1. Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come
2. Bob Dylan - Blowin' In The Wind
3. Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
4. James Brown - Say It Loud (I'm Black And I'm Proud)
5. Stevie Wonder - Big Brother
6. The Specials - (Dawning of A) New Era
7. Ce Ce Rogers - Someday
8. Public Enemy - Fear Of A Black Planet
9. Manic Street Preachers - Ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayit'sworldwouldfallapart
10. Krust & Saul Williams - Coded Language
Let's hope it keeps on a-changin'.
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