Where the Future Starts:
Imagining the Possibilities for Change
Arin N. Reeves
It is all but impossible to talk about diversity these days without talking about President-Elect Barack Obama’s historical election as our nation’s 44th President. As my husband and I wandered through Grant Park with our children on the evening of November 4th, we heard the phrases “making history” and “never thought I would see this day” uttered by people of all races, genders, and ages. These phrases dominated the media coverage throughout the evening of the election and into the days that followed. Obama’s journey has indeed changed our history, and I fully believe that many people never expected to see the reality that he now represents; however, this narrative of making history and defying expectations misses the true power of his achievement.