You should make that a fist for America at large. African-Americans have every right to be prideful of what has just occurred, but so should the rest of us who believe in the spirit of the principles the nation was founded on. That Obama is our first black president is powerfully symbolic of the transition this election represents....
I am proud, and I don't have a drop of black blood in me. It's good to know that racism, while not dead yet, is broken and dying. It's good to know that black Americans have someone like Obama to look up to, that they don't have to worry that the color of their skin will make it impossible for them to be accepted the way he has been. And for me, it's good to know that someone as kind and inspirational as Obama can break through the cynicism which rules our politics far too much of the time.
Yet I also find this day somewhat bittersweet. Support for LGBTQ rights has been merely lukewarm, with various anti-gay propositions passing in multiple states. I know why there has not been greater support from the democrats, I understand that Obama and others have far too much to do to focus on gay rights, I agree that issues such as the economy and health care are more immediately important and that fixing them will do a lot of good for everyone (people who feel safe and prosperous are, in general, much more likely to be accepting of strange, different
folk)... but it still hurts. A lot. Before this election, I was too cynical and inured to bigotry to let such things affect me... now, I feel somewhat hopeful about this country, and with that comes both happiness and pain.