Barack Obama: President of Tolerance

A small portrait of the translator

November 13, 2008 @ 4:37 UTC

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South Africa
Barack Obama
Diaspora, Civil Rights & Ethnicity

I really like this Zapiro cartoon when I first saw it. It not only screamed tolerance to me, but gave me a glimmer of hope for the global community.

As seen in the cartoon, Barack Obama had an African father, an American mother, and an Asian upbringing. He also has a Middle Eastern middle name, which is Hussein. This must have taught him about different people and their backgrounds. Having spent time with a myraid of people from various races and creeds, he must have learned extensively and as a result gained a certain amount of tolerance towards these different people.

As newly-elected President of probably one of the supepowers of the world, it is inspiring and casts some hope to the already distressed world filled with hatred for one another. I can only hope that Barack Obama unifies the citizens of the world into a beautiful egalitarian society that I have only witnessed in my dreams… or at least eradicates some of the hatred and intolerance.

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