The Political Power of Symbols

The New York Times ran this poignant story about a little black boy curious to know if the President’s hair felt like his.

I want to know if my hair is just like yours,” he told Mr. Obama, so quietly that the president asked him to speak again.

Jacob did, and Mr. Obama replied, “Why don’t you touch it and see for yourself?” He brought his head level with Jacob, who hesitated.

“Touch it, dude!” Mr. Obama said.

As Jacob patted the presidential crown, Mr. Souza snapped.

“So, what do you think?” Mr. Obama asked.

“Yes, it does feel the same,” Jacob said.

He hasn’t solved injustice. Or racism. Or economic inequality. (Though universal health care was a good try).

But he has given that boy a sense of possibility that he probably didn’t have before. An expanded horizon.

Touch it, dude!

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2 thoughts on “The Political Power of Symbols

  1. Inder says:

    Aw. This is such a great story. I was totally trying not to sniffle reading the article.

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