Reflections on the Inauguration of Barak Obama
Bill Honer, (Copyright 2009)
The press coverage of the presidential inauguration offered another demonstration in unwarranted national pride. From the tone of many journalists and politicians, there was more pride than shame that less than 50 years ago, American Blacks and Latinos in the southern states, including Texas, could not attend the same schools, restaurants, and other public places, marry whites, or experience full participation within American Society. A sense of sadness and humility that such unjust and dehumanizing conditions were allowed to exist well into the 20th Century would not have been inappropriate.
Another example of excessive pride occurred during the discussion of the peaceful transition of power in
Indeed, one could make the case that if
As for the recurring theme of Americans’ belief in freedom, there is such a strong disconnection between the reality of the
According to the United Nations 2008 Human Development Report, the