President Obama said, "Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends - hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism - these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility - a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task."
It is my greatest hope that now that we have an African American president we won't become complacent and forget that there is a still a huge amount of bigotry and injustice in our country, not yet the world. I would hope that it isn't thought that will erase the years of slavery and segregation. Nothing can erase it. The only way we can not let people forget is by teaching our children. I imagine that some people wonder about teaching their children of these injustices. Is it better to bring it to their attention? I feel it is the best thing. Producing intelligent dialog with our children about the mistakes of the past is one way to teach them what to do in our future.