“Every dog must have his day.” – Jonathan Swift
According to the pundits, this phrase has pulled the discussion of race out of White House. Obama used these four lil words to describe the promised puppy he hoped to give his daughters once he won the election. These words claim no racial allegiance. How far we have come in less than a week. How could he claim allegiance? He is just white as he is black. This utterance, this off-handed comment, may have finally laid to rest the issue of race in America. Maybe “laid to rest” is too sweeping – too broad – but President-elect Obama has given a new forum for a positive racial discourse that our nation so sorely needs to have. By casually acknowledging his mixed racial heritage – Obama has given the citizenry a powerful message, he simply is an American.
“A mutt like me” – how many of us can claim a pedigree heritage? Possibly only the most recent of immigrants and that minute percentage of the super-rich. The rest of us don’t carry papers from the AKC – we are mutts- just like Obama. Maybe thats the draw. Who better to lead us into the diversity of our next generation than a mutt? Who better to handle the challenges of globalization than a man of mixed race and creed, a man who has ties to many points on the globe?
Taking the analogy further – dog owners will attest that mutts are the best type of dog to have. They don’t have the inherent in-bred problems of pure-bred breeds. And yet they seem to retain all the good characteristics of their pedigreed forefathers. We can leave the crap of racial exclusivity behind us and celebrate the inclusivity of being mutts together. FINALLY.
Thank you President-elect Obama.
“I love a dog. He does nothing for political reasons.” – Will Rogers