2016 seems like a long way off, but don't give up hope
The Kansas City Star
Whether people support President Barack Obama or hate him, both sides will agree that 2016 today seems like a long way off.
Part of it is because of the lingering political and racial divides in this country. The battle lines have hardened politically among those who favor the president as he takes the oath of office this morning and people who oppose him.
Politicians nationwide calling for Obama’s impeachment or their states’ seceding from the Union need to bury themselves in history books to understand how foolish all of that sounds.
Obama’s plan to ease immigration rules and toughen gun restrictions contribute greatly to folks deciding whether they are for or against the president. Racially, polls show that bigotry remains just as big of a problem today as it was in 2008 when Obama first occupied the White House.
Forget about a post-racial period. This is still America. Raciam is unlikely to change in this century.
But the emerging generation of young adults of all races understand that continuing the way things have always been won’t work in our global economy. We have to learn to get along.
Let’s hope the new leadership will bring down the wall of hatred and take the country and the world to a period of brotherhood and sisterhood. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on this holiday honoring his birth would have wanted it that way.