Sarah Palin has not been elected the first female vice president of the United States of America

November 4th 2008 was going to be a historic night one way or another. Either Govenor Sarah Palin of Alaska was going to become the first female vice president of the United States or Senator Barack Obama was going to become the nation’s first African American president. We all followed the election for many months, and now history has been made in favor of Barack Obama who last night became the first African- American to be elected president of the United States of America.

This is a humbling time for many Americans who have believed firmly that there was no way possible that a Black man could ever be elected president. One reporter shared his story about growing up hearing his father shatter his and his friends’ childhood expressions of desire to one day become president by telling them there was no way this could ever happen because White American’s would never vote for a Black man to be the leader of their country.

We’ve all learned last night that indeed anything is possible, and the number of Americans who are moving on towards a world in which decisions about people are made on the basis of their character and not on the color of their skin outnumber those who remain firmly rooted in their resolve to contribute to the endurance of racial hatred.

By no means does Barack Obama’s election mean that racism no longer exists in America; however it does prove that one can rise above racism simply by choosing to have faith in the greater good and to be empowered by the open-minded, hopeful masses rather than be defeated by the narrow-minded, hateful few.

Let Barack Obama’s victory inspire you and encourage you to believe that nothing is impossible.

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