Yesha Callahan

The More Things Change

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There aren’t enough words in the English dictionary to describe what took place yesterday. Even using the word ‘momentous’ would be an understatement. I’m sure yesterday meant something different for everyone. For my 78 year old grandmother, she witnessed something that she’d never think would ever happen in her lifetime. For my 9 year old son, he witnessed something that he’s fortunate to see in his lifetime and also realizes that although he can’t be the first, he can be the next. For myself, I can’t say that I never knew it wouldn’t happen, because I always knew the time would come, but it made me even more grateful that I was able to share it with my son.

These past several days were filled with pomp & circumstance. Truly the only thing I was interested in witnessing was the actual swearing in process (thanks Chief Justice Roberts for almost screwing that up). What truly frustrated me the most was the “We Gotta Party” attitude everyone seem to have.  Celebrities and millions of others infiltrated the city and high priced parties were thrown in honor of the inauguration.  I understand people being excited and wanting to celebrate, but can we say “OVERKILL”?  In this economy, I just don’t see a party that costs $150+ feasible.

I wonder if any of these people (locals especially), happened to take part in the “Day of Service” on Monday.

*record scratches*

Yeah, I’m reaching with that one. Also, I’d like to know if any of the owners of these establishments donated any of their proceeds (after they of course paid the celebrities off) to any charities in the area?

*record scratches again*

So needless to say, the pomp & circumstance perturbed me a bit.

On November 4th, millions of people chose to make a difference and to make history at the same time. Black, White, Asian and Latino. Rich & poor. Young & old. On January 20th, those same people witnessed the ‘end of an error’, as Bush flew off in his helicopter.  President Obama has a tough job ahead and even though a lot of people are perceptive to change, there are still millions of people who still practice racism and bigotry, either behind clothes doors or publicly. Just because we have a black president in office, doesn’t necessarily mean the social ills of the world will all of a sudden come to an end.  All one has to do is look at the various hate websites that are floating around the internet. Hate is something that I don’t see will ever die. As this administration will undoubtedly be scrutinized and placed under a microscope, some day I hope that the old saying, “the more things change, the more they stay the same”, will one day actually ring false.

A question to the readers. How did you spend your Inauguration Day?

Below is a short film, “The Day of Change”, that will air on the Starz in Black network during Black History Month. It recaps what various black celebrities were doing on Nov. 4th and how that day will impacted their lives. I especially enjoyed Eddie Griffin’s commentary, because he  talked seriously about what he’d like to see happen next.

  1. January 21, 2009 - Reply

    Excellent post!!

    • January 21, 2009 - Reply

      @MichaelTimmons

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. January 21, 2009 - Reply

    Girl, you know what I thought about these things. I must admit though…I didn’t do a doggone thing on Monday.
    Tisha Campbell said the same thing I thought about leaving the country if Prez Obama didn’t win. On another note, am I the only one a little ticked every time the knucklehead commentators refer to President O by his last name only…?

    • January 21, 2009 - Reply

      @curvygurl

      I know exactly what you mean, where as it was always Pres. Bush..etc..etc….but hopefully they’ll realize the errors of their ways..

  3. January 21, 2009 - Reply

    I spent inauguration day with my niece and her best friend on the mall watching the inauguration take place. I got goose bumps watching the event unfold and being among other President Obama supporters. I may not have taken part in the Day of Service, however, I volunteer year round for various charities and organizations. As a matter of fact, in a couple of weeks I will officially become a BIG SISTER courtesy of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America!

    • January 21, 2009 - Reply

      @Yashieka

      Fancy seeing you here, Yashieka..lol!
      I’m surprised it took you this long to volunteer with BBBS, considering that Lyssa has been one forever..lol!

  4. January 21, 2009 - Reply

    *hides in corner
    I didn’t participate in the National Day of Service…..working on making service a more regular event. I don’t think that someone should have to make a Day for all of us to give back.
    That being said…I watched the parties last night. Looked like all had fun. I think that a little pomp and circumstance is necessary; every time we do it, we show other countries that there are civilized ways to transfer power. No one died, no one was overthrown, no one had to run away. Using the Inauguration as an excuse to throw a $10,000 party? No. Celebrating a transition, sure.

    • January 22, 2009 - Reply

      @Sabrina

      I think his main reason in organizing the day of service is to down play all of the pomp & circumstance and make people aware that it’s not all about the parties & balls…

  5. January 21, 2009 - Reply

    THANK YOU for sharing you already know I have to share.
    I know more than ever being back in Texas that the whole world does not feel the love and togetherness of this country like the majority of us do.
    In the same way the held strong to Jim Crow the south is slow to truly understand they are being left behind. The nice thing is that I think the minority is still small. I also think that they will be forced to at least get with the picture. But you are so right hate will never die. I mean our children will have our slightly less bigoted version of Strom Thurman.
    I am so grateful that I got to spend 11/4 in Boston. I experienced the audacity of hope the excitement the jubilation. I spent yesterday here and Houston and it was cold and unkind and uncaring almost a deliberate thumb to nose of the event. Ooooooooooo my co-worker, man when I finally do blog I got a special section for him.
    I told my friend today at lunch in Boston I could feel the excitement and the hope and the eagerness to roll up our sleeves and get to work for MY country. In Texas all I feel is fear. And they are right they should be fearful because the politics of hatred and exclusion on a major level are in their last days. Everything wants to fight to live even hate and I think that is the fear I see in the people who refuse to be a part of this history. These people who refuse to live in a equal world are fearful because this is the beginning of the end of that kind of thinking. You know kinda like when it was no longer okay for blacks to sit in the back. It made other whites look down on you for thinking that way.
    Ok sorry for the book, but well you know THIS IS HISTORY. And thanks again for sharing!
    -OG

    • January 22, 2009 - Reply

      @OG

      Thank you for this prime example!! I have a friend in Houston who was in amazement at the fear & disgust some people in Texas display! But let them praise Bush and his failures from these past two terms, they’ll see the light eventually!

  6. January 22, 2009 - Reply

    yeah I do think the circumstances were a little pompous… the ticket prices for parties was ridiculous and every promoter everywhere took full advanatage of all the black people that would be in town… It was truly an amazing experience though and I am so proud that everyone was on their best behavior, that ther were no arrests and that everyone respected this great sharing the documentary clip

  7. January 22, 2009 - Reply

    I live in Houston and Nov. 4 was the first time I’ve ever really wanted to live anywhere else. I also wanted to be in DC or Los Angeles on Jan. 20th.

  8. January 22, 2009 - Reply

    OK, I’m confused…why haven’t you been showing up on my blog updates? I’ve missed a lot…gotta go back and read what I missed.
    Back to the post…I love my new president…I smile everytime I think of what I’ve witnessed.
    I hate how promoters ALWAYS try to screw people out of their money when there’s a special event going on.

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  10. January 23, 2009 - Reply

    Although I didnt do anything special that day, I did take the day off & spent quality time with my 2year old son. We watch the inauguration together. I knew this day would one day occur, but I have to be honest & saying that I never thought it would happen in my life time.
    For my son’s 1st B-day I had made a T shirt stating Omar for President just for fun. Now I truly believe that if he choices it could be a possibility.

  11. January 23, 2009 - Reply

    Right! And furthermore, if your not giving back, what are you here for?
    I believe Obama has made MLKs B-Day a National Day of Service for many. I was proud of my husband. He babysat his nephews and little sister. I thought that was very cute. He was very awesome … such a good role model running around cooking being the best daddy he could be.
    I didn’t participate in the “day of service” because I dedicate my life to service. I am very thankful that so many have jumped on board. Hallelujah!

  12. January 24, 2009 - Reply

    Great post!

  13. January 25, 2009 - Reply

    Great post – I can totally understand where you’re coming from on this.

  14. January 26, 2009 - Reply

    Hey Funky !!
    I agree with you about the overkill but on the other hand it is okay for me because ppl worked so hard to make this day happen. It mwill be a once in a lifetime thing for many ppl especially our seniors so let them party.
    For MLK I did nothing but stay home and reflect and enjoy so queit time with my child. I resent that MLKs Day has been co-opted (yes, I said it) by corporate USA & others. MLK was about struggling for civil & human rights. No one talks about that anymore & there is still plenty of struggling to do. But no, kids are learning that the day is about volunteering/painting/cleaning/helping out for a day & then business as usual. That is sad to me. No one else seems bothered by this.

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