I’ve heard that phrase four or five times tonight (this morning!) and Spike Lee just said it in an interview on CNN. I want to know, what do Americans mean when they say that?
Americans are feeling proud of themselves after this historic election and I’m not one to begrudge them that, certainly not after the last eight years. But what do they mean? That a black man could only be elected to the highest political office in America? No, that can’t be it. That only Americans could elect a black man after years of racial apartheid? Can’t be that. What then?