My six-year-old son was a staunch Hillary supporter. I didn’t have a problem with that; I was happy his mind was open to a woman president. What bothered me, however, was his attitude toward Obama. “I don’t want a Black president,” I overheard him say to a playmate. And he got quite emotional on caucus night when my wife stood in line to vote for Obama and wouldn’t allow him to stand in the Hillary line.
My 26-year-old daughter was a Hillary supporter, too. Again, I didn’t mind. She wanted to vote for a woman, and I’m glad that, for the first time in history, she had that option. But I can’t help but wonder, based on some of her comments, if she was opposed to the idea of having a Black president, too.
I work for the media, so I can’t reveal my support for any candidate (and, no I didn’t attend the caucuses with my wife). But I can say, regardless of who wins this election, I am thankful for Obama. He’s planted a seed. My son can aspire to be President, if he so desires, and it’s no longer such a far fetched idea.
I was cool with that, too.
Here are a couple of new children and YA books on Obama:
Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope, by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Bryan Collier, ages 9-12, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Obama: A Promise of Change, by David Mendell, ages 9-12, Amistad