Britain has a similar, annual roundup – the Power List 2013: Britain’s Most Influential Black People. This list is topped by architect David Adjaye, with successful Black British people from all walks of life completing it. Londoner Idris Elba, star of HBO’s The Wire and BBC’s Luther, Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah and celebrity business man Levi Roots are featured among MPs, corporate executives, authors, artists, rocket scientists and religious figures. Praising the BME community’s influence on British society, this list is a motivational tool for ambitious young people of any background.
All this must mean that we’re living the hayday of racial equality. After years of struggle against racism, it appears that skin colour now makes little difference in a person’s chances at accomplishment, and society’s sights are getting set on higher goals. Exactly what those are remains to be seen, and until then let us appreciate Mr Obama’s victory for a definite affirmation of the possibilities of individualism and the substantial contribution black people are making to our world.