I enjoyed watching the Inauguration today. Although I didn't vote for Obama, I am hopeful for this new administration. I am proud of our country and how smoothly the transfer of power occurs. Luke liked the Inauguration too because he loves police cars... and boy, were there a lot of police cars.
Yes, I was full of warm and fuzzy feelings during today's swearing in until I heard the closing prayer given by Reverend Joseph Lowery. I quote -
Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get back, when brown can stick around -- when yellow will be mellow -- when the red man can get ahead, man -- and when white will embrace what is right.Um, excuse me? Did he just say, "when yellow will be mellow" and "red man can get ahead, man"? Oh no, he didn't. Yes, he did.
Ugh. More double standards. Understandably, Reverend Lowery was very moved by the historic significance of President Obama's inauguration, and giving him the benefit of the doubt, I'm sure he meant well. However, close your eyes with me and imagine a white man standing up there saying things like, "when brown can stick around." No one would be laughing. I'm not so much offended, but just dumbfounded that the double standards are so blatant.
On another note, do you think it would be sacrilegious or incredibly hilarious to quote Reverend Lowry's line during the next prayer I have to give in Sacrament Meeting at church? It's very tempting.