SAHEM62896 saidI really want to know what those of you, both caucasian and not, who lived through the 60s and saw the US Civil Rights movement in its infancy are thinking about today as America sees it's first African-American President-elect. Did you ever think it would lead to something like this?
No, a very great thing, and I'm still looking forward to our first female US President, too.
I was born in 1949, same year we got our first TV, and I watched news even as a little kid, and remember a great deal of it even today. And all my teen years were in the 1960s, a fantastic and scary time, with political & social turmoil, devastating urban riots, civil rights marches, Vietnam, peace demonstrations, campus unrest, traumatic assassinations.
But also the birth of a whole new generation of music, and muscle cars, silly hippie clothes and long hair, Honda motorcycles for everyone, fast food chains, anti-establishment humor, the generation gap, James Bond movies, the Space Race and following satellites in the night sky, and finally men on the Moon.
Instead of Baby Boomers, we could also be called the first PTSD generation, because we went through upheaval like never before, even including the Great Depression. Sudden economic hardship is ordinary & comprehensible in a way, but what we experienced in the 1960s was unprecedented at every level: politically, socially, militarily, technologically, emotionally.
Almost every day brought a new jolt, until we were numb to the terrible headlines. Some "dropped out" and some joined the Peace Corps. I joined the Army, for reasons too complex to explain here.
And today we have a Black President-Elect, which is a great and noble thing for our country. That dream was expressed in the 1960s, that every child should be able to say "I want to be the President" when asked about their future goals, regardless of race or gender.
It was idealistic, and we knew a woman or a person of color wouldn't attain that goal for many years yet, but now it has happened. And there's a lot of us old veterans from those crazy years who are very happy.