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Obama's Re-Election

Yesterday the world witnessed the re-election of the United States' 44th President, President Barack Obama. In soaring beyond the threshold 270 electoral votes by winning 303, America spoke, history was made, and Obama, once again, defied the odds.

As an African-American, up until 1868 by way of Section 2 of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution, my vote would have counted as of 3/5's a person. Before 1787, my vote would not have counted at all! That means a little over 200 years ago, an African-American's chance of voting, let alone being President, was as highly improbable as hell having a snowstorm. Witnessing President Obama win a second term nearly brought tears to my eyes as I watched his acceptance speech.

I often wondered how my ancestors would have reacted to see this moment. Had I been born over 200 years ago, I would have been considered someone else's "property."

My mother's family is fortunate enough to be able to trace its ancestry to slavery. According to those records, my forefathers arrived to America's shores by way of Savannah, Georgia. As slaves, they came with no rights, no voice, no opportunity, no hope, and a dismal future.

My decision to vote for Obama twice (also in '08) was not because of the color of his skin but because of the symbolism of what his election means to me and my countless millions of ancestors and forefathers who suffered beatings, rapings, lynchings, and unthinkable injustices of all sorts. There are so many others whose ancestors endured the same.

As a gentleman, I was taught not to discuss politics in public, but the sheer magnitude of November 6, 2012's history is deserving of such appreciation and tribute. (That also means that from here I may never express my voting history/ electoral preferences in public again).

Before I close, I also commend Governor Romney and his campaign for their efforts. He is among the smartest businessmen and politicians in the US and gave his all to his campaign. As Americans, we have the privilege to disagree without violence. Earlier this year I was also on the side of a losing campaign, so I know how it feels to be on that side.

America, we have four more years of President Barack Obama. I truly believe his acumen, policies and convictions are just what this country needs moving forward.

God Bless You and God Bless America,

Matthew



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