Yes, we can. We have just done something that I honestly never thought I would live to see. Sure, there was always a glimmer of hope in the recesses of my heart. But would we dare speak aloud those precious hopes and dreams?
Barack Hussein Obama will be the 44th President of the United States of America.
He was voted into office on the hopes, dreams, footwork, technology, creativity, determination, sweat, refusal to give in of a generation of young people — college students, young adults, young professionals, not-so-young-but-young-at-heart community organizers. Voting him into office were also White Americans, Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans — Americans. Men, women, gay and straight showed up to polling booths across the country to say, Yes We Can.
Well, we done what some thought was truly impossible. Now, let’s do what others think is far-fetched and looney.
Let’s organize, work, and raise the money so that children get comprehensive healthcare.
Let’s organize, work, and raise the money so that children escape the cradle to prison pipeline.
Let’s organize and come up with new ideas to generate new jobs, new careers so that parents aren’t forced to work two jobs, receive no healthcare, and lose all hope of escaping the clutches of poverty.
Let’s serve our communities — knock on doors to help each other the same way we did to get each other to vote.
We can’t do that — it’s too idealistic?
Yes, We Can.