It's no secret that Black Eyed Peas member Will.i.am and Barack Obama are fans of each other. Will.i.am, and his famous friends, covered an Obama speech in his powerful video "Yes We Can," and Barack added the song to his top 10 favorites of all time. Last night I ran into Will.i.am and got to hear what he thinks about the possibility of the first black president.
Will.i.am said that he doesn't feel the the urgency for Obama to be elected because of his race, but rather because Americans of any color need an advocate in the White House to help them realize better job opportunities, healthcare, and education. He explained:
It's important that we build communities, as American communities, to the standards that every single person has equal opportunities. It has nothing to do with race. And if we harp on that, shame on us.
I think Will.i.am's words could be applied to many divisions manifested in American society — let's build better American communities regardless of political ideology, religion, gender, class, or sexual orientation. Watch the video, and tell me what you think!