Something to think about on Inauguration Day

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by Erica Mauter • A teeny editorial from me: I don’t recall ever having paid much attention to a presidential inauguration. I’ve certainly never been excited for one. I took the morning off work to watch from the comfort of my own home. I have my OMG t-shirt on.

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So I’m super excited about today. I know not everyone is worked up over the results of the election or the inauguration itself. But I am.

Whatever your mindset about what today means in history, I invite you to read the words of my friend, Ann Freeman – Yes, we’ll inaugurate a black president, but all things are not equal. MinnPost published her piece yesterday in their Community Voices section. I can’t even do it justice with an excerpt, but I’ll give you this part.

…I just want to make sure we are all clear about this self-evident truth: Obama’s election is a dream made real 45 years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. went to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and called for a better world for his children, and for ours. It is. But we aren’t there yet, not by a long shot.

People of color, African-Americans in particular, understand this truth explicitly. But white people … I’m worried about us. So listen up:

Tomorrow, when Barack Obama becomes the 44th president of the United States, embrace that moment as perhaps the achievement in the fight for racial justice in our lifetime. But more important, embrace that moment as the first next step toward the incredible, difficult work that’s left to be done.

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