The first black president in the history of the United States was elected in 2008. Before the election of Barack Obama, many comedians, movie actors, and novelists tried to figure out the culture gap. They explored how life in U.S.would be under a black president. This article discusses the ways in which a black president would affect the African-American presence and dignity in the U.S. the discussion bases its argument on the movie Butler.
Before 2008, African-Americans faced direct racial segregation by the whites. Despite their qualifications in colleges, they did casual jobs. Evidently, in the movie Butler, Africans in the U.S. were exploited in the large American plantations. Moreover, they worked as servants in American hotels where they faced harassment from white customers (Bortman & Marci 28). Both the African Americans and whites share the same basic ideology of hard work. Despite all this, the middle-class African Americans never believed in the existence of fair opportunities for all. They attributed this to the limited access to necessary resources and the high degree of racial discrimination.
Upon the election of President Barack Obama, the urge to act on the way the middle-class African Americans viewed their available opportunities in the USA came up. Unfortunately, President Obama was not elected based on his stand about the racial injustices in the U.S. According to the movie, African Americans were not certain about the existence of any chance to succeed in white house politics. President Obama’s election was actually a nightmare to some African Americans who never believed a black president would ever be elected (Bortman & Marci 34).
President Obama emphasized the policy of hard work and individual responsibility. This created a platform for providing equal opportunities for all Americans without segregation. The election of a black president motivated African Americans to denounce the negative effects of racial discrimination. President Obama inspired black children that their destiny lay in their hands no matter the state of their current lifestyle.
The election of the black president meant a lot to the status of African Americans. They believed that their children would not be limited to available chances based on their race. Through the policies of President Obama on racial injustices, all Americans would access all the available resources without discrimination. Although the African Americans were to continue facing the barriers, the future would be brighter (Sissoko, Moussa & Rosemary 28). This is because favorable policies to protect them were to be formulated by Obama’s administration.
The election of President Obama was not a guarantee for the end of racial segregation on the African Americans. However, they believed his election would allow them to have much control over their endeavors. Obama’s plea for hard work and education among the Americans had a motive to empower the disadvantaged African Americans. Being the first black president in the United States, President Obama acted as a role model for all Americans but had more impact on African Americans.
African Americans faced challenges in their workplace. Those who worked on the large plantations starved for long hours working (Sissoko, Moussa & Rosemary 36). They were compelled to work continuously under the supervision of armed guards. Even the learned blacks were subjected to tough working conditions as evident in the movie of Butler. The election of a black president would lender them the opportunity to super pass these barriers and raise their identity.
In conclusion, the election of a black president in the United States had an intensive impact on the African American presence and identity as U.S. citizens. Through the policies, inspirational messages, and general administration of President Obama, racial discrimination in the U.S. was reduced. The African Americans have begun to realize their potential and can now access opportunities without barriers.
Bortman, Marci. Environmental Encyclopedia. Detroit: Gale, 2003. Print.
Sissoko, Moussa, and Rosemary Traoré. “Jeune Afrique 1961-1971: U.S. Race Relations.” (2010): Print