Monday, January 21, 2013

I am - quite frankly - speechless

It wasn't just President Barack Hussein Obama's  speech - as marvelous as that was.

It was the historical significance of Myrlie Evers-Williams' invocation.

It was the diversity and power of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.

It was the simple beauty of James Taylor's rendition of America the Beautiful.

It was the "you've come a long way baby" of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor giving the oath of office to Vice President Joe Biden.

It was the first openly gay Latino inaugural poet Richard Blanco talking about who we are...together.

It was the still-awkward girl from Texas - Kelly Clarkson - singing My Country Tis of Thee.

It was the benediction by Dr. Luis Leon with a closing in Spanish.

And it was Beyonce rocking the house with her rendition of the National Anthem.

Part of me was in tears the whole time as I saw the country of our collective dreams and aspirations on that stage. The other part of me knew that the dying beast of white male heterosexual patriarchy would be raging at the very "in your face" representation of what they so desperately fear.

Whether you embrace it or fear it - WELCOME TO AMERICA!

4 comments:

  1. Speaking as a proud member of the dying beast of the white male heterosexual patriarchy, I found nothing to fear in today's ceremony, and lots to celebrate.

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    1. If you're celebrating - you're definitely not a member of the "dying beast."

      We move forward TOGETHER. Those who can't handle that are the ones who will be left behind.

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    2. I couldn't tell if those were cannon shots being fired during the Inauguration ceremony or the sound of Fox News pundits' heads exploding.

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