This weekend I watched “Guess whose Coming to Dinner” with Sidney Poitier, Kathryn Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.
For those who haven’t watched the movie the quick story line is: Hepburn and Tracey’s daughter has fallen in love and intends to marry a black man (Poitier.) The parents are self proclaimed free thinking liberals who are confronted with their own hidden biases. The film also delicately exposes black on white and black on black biases.
There is a beautiful scene in the film when Tracey (The father) asks Poitier (the intended husband) if he has given any thought as to what will become of their children. Poitier cheerfully replies that Joanna (the daughter) wants them to be Presidents, but that he would be okay if their kids end up as secretary of the state.
Watching the film forty one years later after Obama’s momentous win, I could almost picture Obama’s mother and father having a similar conversation, hopefully talking about their son’s future, and the world around them thinking how crazy they are.
Three cheers to unreasonable hope, I am reminded of my favourite quote by Bernard Shaw:
"The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him... The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself... All progress depends on the unreasonable man."