Friday, September 15, 2006

I'm Proud to Be From Massachusetts

While history records some of the most important achievements of humanity right here in Massachusetts, our Commonwealth is stained in more than its fair share of repugnant historical footnotes that can never be forgotten. Be it school bussing in Boston or revealing riots that took place in New Bedford, there are certain things the Commonwealth can never forget. However, I question "have we learned?" I like what I see.

Whatever happens on Tuesday, there's something remarkable that's going to take place. Two candidates are going to be weighed, judged and earn a lot of votes. Both candidates have earned my admiration and support. One happens to be African American and the other Latino. Both have a chance to win; one is favored to win.

Yet, that's not the remarkable part. What's remarkable is that it doesn't seem to be an issue. Sure, there was a periphery question at a debate, but the answer given was especially poignant and revealing: outliers of society aren't going to determine this election. Have we finally reached the point in time where, at least for the most part, people aren't thinking of race?

Clearly, there is more progress to be made. Years ago, when I was an adviser to the Board of Education, I had a role in addressing the MCAS test. While I was not in support of the test, I was pragmatic: I wanted to make it became more relevant and give people a better chance to pass. In studying the issue, I realized the media had it wrong: the MCAS wasn't some huge success story. While people were passing it in larger number, the gap between minorities and Caucasians actually grew. Clearly, the differences in socio-economic levels and opportunity have not leveled in Massachusetts - but at least, for once, the political situation seems to be a somewhat accurate dipiction, with two minority candidates poised to win statewide offices.

On Tuesday, I expect a Deval Patrick victory. It can happen and it will happen. Supporters are going to work hard to make sure Massachusetts has a politician who can inspire us from the Corner Office. Bonifaz faces a tougher challenge, but it isn't because of race. It's because he's facing an entrenched incumbent who has been reticent to respect democracy and debate. However, there's still the chance to upset and at the very least make his presense heard.

No matter Tuesday's outcome, I hope both candidates continue to fight for Massachusetts. Both have already dramatically altered the political landscape of the Commonwealth for the better. I've never been so reassured about the future. I've never felt so much hope that things can be better. We can and we will get there. I'm proud to have blogged these races and I'm most certainly proud to be from Massachusetts.

Thank you John Bonifaz and Deval Patrick. For the first time in my life, I know what it's like to be inspired by political leaders.


Anonymous said...

I was proud a long time ago, when
we had a great senator Ed Brooke. Oh yeh, he happened to be African-American and a Republican.

Cos said...

Just look at the Second Suffolk! More ethnicities among the candidates, than there are candidates :)

Ryan Adams said...

Well, Anon, I wasn't born then and that was a very, very long time ago.

But, yes, Cos, there are a LOT of reasons to be happy and I've just never seen this kind of activity. I think people who had "checked out" all over the state are "checking back in." I for one am loving it!

StunnedVoter said...

I googled Brook for us youngins and he's described as a one of the last actual liberal Republicans, a guy who battled Nixon and Nixon's Southern Strategy, which was Nixon's attempt to brand the Republicans as the party of racism in order to gain an electoral lock on the South and thus establish a permanent Republican majority. Among other things, Brooke battled Nixon on the appointment to the Supreme Court of the crazy racist, Harold Carswell, and Brooke won.

He also campaigned for low income housing projects, and there's no indication that he ever physically attacked any immigrants or gays, so in short he sounds like the type of guy the Guv would be attacking in South Carolina as "one of them damn commie terrists from that state I hate I had to pretend to be from to get them chumps to elect me. Suckers!" lol

Ryan Adams said...

Ya, a long time ago I wouldn't mind voting for Republicans because they weren't rubber stampers who have a history of racism and surpressing the vote.

Today, you can't really vote for any republican - including the few decent ones - because they enable all the horrible monsters.

PJ said...

Hi, Ryan. I liked your take on the Bay State. I work at the phone company alongside your Aunt. Good luck,

Anonymous said...

You can't vote for any Republican? So Colin Powell would be out? Maybe that's the problem we need to foster independant thinkers,who won't tow the company line in BOTH parties Republicans and Democrats.

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