what’s the story?

November 7, 2012 at 3:52 pm 2 comments

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it’s a picture of a family living in the suburbs with kids being raised by a working dad and a stay-at-home mom. it was taken in front of their home just as they were getting ready for church on a sunday morning. if the mother was missing in the picture, it was likely because she’s a super mom. she does most of everything for the family including taking the picture herself.

i’m sure many could feel a sense of nostalgia looking at the picture. it’s an idealized portrait of america that is slowly fading into the sunset. the changing demographics in the country have been contributing to its demise. during the last 20 years alone, it has become more diverse. as reported by haya el nasser and paul overberg in usa today:

The USA is bigger, older, more Hispanic and Asian and less wedded to marriage and traditional families than it was in 1990. It also is less enamored of kids, more embracing of several generations living under one roof, more inclusive of same-sex couples, more cognizant of multiracial identities, more suburban, less rural and leaning more to the South and West.

Results of the 2010 Census have been pouring out all year, an avalanche of statistics detailing the population characteristics of states, counties and cities. But the Census represents more than just a current snapshot.

The end of the first decade of the 21st century marks a turning point in the nation’s social, cultural, geographic, racial and ethnic fabric. It’s a shift so profound that it reveals an America that seemed unlikely a mere 20 years ago — one that will influence the nation for years to come in everything from who is elected to run the country, states and cities to what type of houses will be built and where.

in yesterday’s presidential election, governor romney won over suburban and rural whites, seniors, rich people, and those who believe in traditional family values, but it wasn’t enough. he lost the election because his campaign failed to address the concerns of the young voters and minorities who trooped to the polls and voted overwhelmingly for president obama. to them, he shares the values that are close to their hearts.

president obama could as well personify the many facets of america today. he’s of mixed race, raised by a single mother and then by his grandparents, and suffered discrimination because of it. through it all, he was able to push forward beyond his limitations and make himself relevant. in america, everything is possible. as the president said in his acceptance speech last night, “it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try.”

i look at the picture again and see the man holding his children, providing them with a sense of security and assuring them that he’d always be there for them. that was america then, and it still is, except that today, it comes in different flavors.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Houston Lynchj  |  November 28, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Hello from across the ocean! This is just what I was expecting, and you wrote it well. Thx

    • 2. plaridel  |  November 28, 2012 at 12:33 pm


      glad you liked it. 🙂


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