Local minorities react to Obama's win - KTTC Rochester, Austin, Mason City News, Weather and Sports

By Fanna Haile-Selassie

Local minorities react to Obama's win

ROCHESTER, MN (FOX 47) -- Tuesday night, the nation and the much of the world witnessed an historic election in the United States as Obama was elected President. For many minority residents, the win struck on a personal level.

Joyce Gibbs says, "I just did a little victory dance. I was just so happy."

Joyce Gibbs says her family was the first black family to join the Rochester community in 1963.

Rochester Public Schools recognized her late husband, George Gibbs, by naming the new elementary school after him.

Gibbs says George was always into politics and wishes he were alive to see the moment when a black candidate actually was elected president.

Gibbs says, "And I said, George, you know, are you listening?"

At 75-years-old and having come from the south, Gibbs says she remembers a lot of hate and prejudice and recognizes it still today.

But she also says this election proves that the country is moving forward.

Gibbs says, "People talk about, do you think we'd ever live to see the day. Of course not, not in my lifetime. But it's reality, and I really feel the country, of course the majority, have rallied around the fact that this is the change that we need."

It's not just blacks who care deeply about the race of the next president. Carmen Estelle Souchet says it's all minorities.

Souchet says, "Many people don't realize that Hispanic people and people of other minority groups, including Somalis and other groups here in Rochester, are suffering or under the same constraints that African Americans are under in this country and in Rochester."

Souchet has a Puerto Rican background, and she says she was elated when she heard the presidential news.

She's calling the event our generation's unforgettable moment.

Gibbs says she recognizes that not everyone is ready to jump on board for change. She says she is worried that some people may scrutinize Obama's administration too harshly because of high expectations.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Human remains found near Mississippi River in Wabasha

    Human remains found near Mississippi River in Wabasha

    Two boys hiking along the Mississippi River in Wabasha find a human torso and leg around 4:30 p.m. Saturday. This comes nearly four months after 61-year-old David Sheridan, a Wisconsin boater, went missing on Lake Pepin, and one month after another leg and boot were found along the Mississippi River in Wabasha. 

    More >>

    Two boys hiking along the Mississippi River in Wabasha find a human torso and leg around 4:30 p.m. Saturday. This comes nearly four months after 61-year-old David Sheridan, a Wisconsin boater, went missing on Lake Pepin, and one month after another leg and boot were found along the Mississippi River in Wabasha. 

    More >>
  • Police say Long Island couple dead in murder-suicide

    Police say Long Island couple dead in murder-suicide

    Saturday, August 18 2018 10:28 PM EDT2018-08-19 02:28:07 GMT
    Sunday, August 19 2018 8:57 AM EDT2018-08-19 12:57:11 GMT
    Police say a husband and wife have died in a murder-suicide on Long Island.More >>
    Police say a husband and wife have died in a murder-suicide on Long Island.More >>
  • UPDATE: Escape from the Mayo Clinic: How CNN reported the story

    UPDATE: Escape from the Mayo Clinic: How CNN reported the story

    Since CNN published the "Escape from the Mayo Clinic" stories, Mayo Clinic issued several responses that are critical of CNN's reporting.

    More >>

    Since CNN published the "Escape from the Mayo Clinic" stories, Mayo Clinic issued several responses that are critical of CNN's reporting.

    More >>
  • Boarding school: 7 former staffers sexually abused students

    Boarding school: 7 former staffers sexually abused students

    Saturday, August 18 2018 5:25 PM EDT2018-08-18 21:25:57 GMT
    Saturday, August 18 2018 5:27 PM EDT2018-08-18 21:27:36 GMT
    An elite Connecticut boarding school has found that seven former faculty members sexually abused students primarily during the 1970s and 1980s.More >>
    An elite Connecticut boarding school has found that seven former faculty members sexually abused students primarily during the 1970s and 1980s.More >>
  • Inmate runs crack cocaine operation from inside prison

    Inmate runs crack cocaine operation from inside prison

    Saturday, August 18 2018 5:30 PM EDT2018-08-18 21:30:57 GMT
    Saturday, August 18 2018 5:31 PM EDT2018-08-18 21:31:55 GMT
    A Rhode Island inmate has been running a crack cocaine ring from inside prison.More >>
    A Rhode Island inmate has been running a crack cocaine ring from inside prison.More >>
  • I.C.E arrest, deport a man from Cloquet

    I.C.E arrest, deport a man from Cloquet

    CLOQUET, MN (KBJR)- A Cloquet man was deported to Mexico this week after an arrest by  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  42-year-old Pedro Aranda, who worked at Pedro's Grill and Cantina in Cloquet was arrested for immigration violations at a Carlton County golf course on August 9th. Word of Arranda's deportation spread quickly in Cloquet.  "I wasn't aware there was anything wrong. He's been here so long," said Linda Erickson, who works one door do...More >>
    CLOQUET, MN (KBJR)- A Cloquet man was deported to Mexico this week after an arrest by  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  42-year-old Pedro Aranda, who worked at Pedro's Grill and Cantina in Cloquet was arrested for immigration violations at a Carlton County golf course on August 9th. Word of Arranda's deportation spread quickly in Cloquet.  "I wasn't aware there was anything wrong. He's been here so long," said Linda Erickson, who works one door do...More >>
  • Rochester's first "mini-roundabout" set to debut Thursday on 18th Avenue NW

    Rochester's first "mini-roundabout" set to debut Thursday on 18th Avenue NW

    18th Avenue NW from KTTC DroneCam18th Avenue NW from KTTC DroneCam

    Northwest Rochester will return to near-normal Thursday after months of road construction on one of its busiest roadways. But it will be a "new normal" on 18th Avenue NW at 48th Street NW with the debut of what public works people are calling a "mini-roundabout."

    More >>

    Northwest Rochester will return to near-normal Thursday after months of road construction on one of its busiest roadways. But it will be a "new normal" on 18th Avenue NW at 48th Street NW with the debut of what public works people are calling a "mini-roundabout."

    More >>
  • Sheriff sued for jailing people who aren't criminal suspects

    Sheriff sued for jailing people who aren't criminal suspects

    Photo: MGN OnlinePhoto: MGN Online
    Photo: MGN OnlinePhoto: MGN Online

    The sheriff of Nobles County-- Kent Wilkening--has been sued by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota for keeping people in jail even after they have posted bond or completed their sentences. The ACLU-MN filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of four defendants and countless others who are being detained at the request of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) even though no warrant or probable cause of a crime had been established. 

    More >>

    The sheriff of Nobles County-- Kent Wilkening--has been sued by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota for keeping people in jail even after they have posted bond or completed their sentences. The ACLU-MN filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of four defendants and countless others who are being detained at the request of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) even though no warrant or probable cause of a crime had been established. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly