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February 03, 2009

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stephen henault

thank you, for sharing, and for acting.

Ryan Kuder

Thanks for sharing your story Chris. This was the first election I've ever voted for the Democratic candidate for President. For the first time in a long time, I see hope and optimism, even in light of the hole we've dug ourselves. I wrote about why this election was different for me here: http://bit.ly/42iBng.

Thanks for the work you put in sharing that hope and optimism.

Stephen

"She didn't utter a word. Instead, she inched toward the handle, pushing it loose and motioning for me to perform the rest of the opening. As I stepped onto her weathered rug preparing to make my pitch, she reached her frail arms around me and hugged. Silently."

That's like something out of Steinbeck.

For me the election, and the small part I played in it, meant redemption for voting for Bush the first time around.

Thanks for sharing.

Kulveer Taggar

Brilliant, simply brilliant.

Thanks for encouraging me to donate to the volunteers.

mike walsh

Chris - this is fantastic - thanks for sharing. I "watched" you celebrate by following your tweets during the inauguration and your story adds much more context. We are indeed fortunate to have have had so many people work so hard toward electing such a hopeful future.

Cheers!
@mwalsh

Robert Scoble

Wow, the tears started flowing around when you got the hug. This is a great post. Thank you!

Nicola Quinn

Beautiful post, thank you. The hug got me too :)

Michael Christoff

wonderful post chris. i had my personal moment when my 89-year-old grandfather cast his first democratic vote since FDR. as sam (and lauren) predicted, a change did come.

http://soundcloud.com/christoff/a-change-is-gonna-come-fugees-cover

-@christoff

Aaron Cohen

Chris:

We dont know each other but I read you quite a bit. This post is a great historical document. I grew up in DC and will pass to my parents who own the largest bookstore there. They will love it..

I'm part of the betaworks extended family and have been follwing this blog for a year. well done.

Aaron

Glenn

Wonderfully written Chris. Very inspiring. I have posted a link to this post to our stories section at www.hopewon.com (a collection of pictures and stories of hope).

Thanks again.

Julie Hackett

Dear Chris,

This is an amazing account. Stories like these are so important to share. Thank you for being honest about race - too many are not and lead of life of naivete and ignorance. For people like you who extend yourself beyond your comfort zone, that is living and courage.


Kim

"We are convinced that the poignant lyrics from activist hip-hop resonate with us and we grow unwaveringly confident that we understand the struggle. Yet, the privilege of our skin color does not prepare us to ever be the object of hate."

Sincerely, thank you for openly recognizing this.

"I decided to leave. I needed a break."

I also want to leave at times but the color of my skin has never provided me such a luxury. However on Nov 4, 2008 I felt like I got a break.

Beautiful Post! Thank you for sharing.

Gibran

++I undoubtedly had to learn and of how unjustly lopsided my life has been.

You sound perplexed. You're posting these, your private thoughts, on a public forum for some reason. Perhaps it's a cry for help. Here's my advice. Stop posting on your blog, sell all that you own, and give away all your Google money to these poor souls whose lives are so inferior to yours.

Jeff Brown

I met one of those angry people even here in the SF of the Midwest (Madison, WI). At age 44, the first door I ever knocked on for any candidate turns out to be an irate Palinite. Thanks for not giving up and helping out. Remember that hug. Peace.

Michael Gaudet

Chris, I enjoyed reading this thoughtful and insightful saga. I was almost afraid to put too much hope into the outcome of the election, even after Oprah outed Obama and made him a household name fairly early on.
I just feel honored, inspired and very fortunate to have witnessed the results live!
Thanks for bringing your perspective to light. I really enjoyed the photo links, esp the ROYGBIV!

Adam Messner

Great post! I spent a weekend in Knoxville, TN just before the election and was surprised at the amount of negativity directed at me for wearing an Obama button and for passing out a few stickers at a UT game. Fortunately, people were only "throwing" the occasional insult rather than beer cans or dog doodie.

Bridget Santella

Chris,
I am glad I found this accounting of your travels on the campaign. I related to the shock of hearing crazy things from people. I found the same reaction of my support for Obama from some of those in my family. Living in the bay area shelters us somewhat to the direct bigotry which in some ways I am grateful for yet it lulls me into complacency of the reality.

One thought came to me while reading the gas station encounter. I am assuming the response was relating to a bumper sticker (mine came from a Obama sweatshirt). For that brief moment I thought I could relate to how it must be to be hated.

While reading I realized I could take off the sweatshirt and you could take off the sticker, Not that we would but we could.
How must it feel for those who do not have the choice to get away from the hate?

Carl

Hey Chris,

Thank you so much for sharing-both your travails during the campaign and your experiences over the years at the hands of people who treated you as an object of hate. As an African American who grew up in the 60's and 70's, I relate, first hand to your accounts, yet remain optimistic that the inner core of people's souls can be redeemed. My intellectual curiousity was both sparked and fed in college at Chicago, Harvard, and finally at Stanford. As a digital media entrepreneur in the Bay Area, not a day goes by that I am not reminded of the enormous debt of gratitude and success owed our forbearers, for enduring the horrific price they paid in a currency of death, brutality, inhumane treatment, denial of basic human rights, before and during our lifetime. And now on the eve of the rebirth of global civility, like a phoenix on the horizon, the night is darkest before dawn. I want to thank you and readers from the bottom of my heart for being my friend, my brother, my sister. And to let you know that, together, we'll get there, with "there" being that special place devoid of class warfare, the ills of excess, the indifference and callousness attributed to hatred. I only wish mom, dad, both sets of paternal and maternal grandparents and your lost loved ones were alive to experience the evolving change they never believed would come. There's a lot of work yet to do, so join me in the challenge; reflect, express, communicate, collaborate, decide, act....and embrace.

P.K. FIELDS

Thank you for sharing and being so proactive with his election. I am not sure how I arrived on your blog today, surfing and trying to figure out twitter.
Your story of what Obama's campaign meant to you just made my day. Thank you....

Cathi O

Twitter delivered me here as well, and I'm glad it did. The Hug reduced me to tears, here in my office in the middle of the day.

Jackie Brown

I wish I had your eloquence to describe the impact your works have had on me. I can only hope WOW will suffice. You are an amazing human being. More like a "human doing" really.

Peace to you.

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