President Barack Obama

I guess the answer to the question I posed yesterday is a resounding Yes! Blacks, Whites, Latinos, Native American and Asian voters young and old make a historic statement and vote Barack Obama the 44th President of the United States. He becomes the first Black man to become President. He can take his daughters to school this morning, but also has to bury his Grandmother in Hawaii shortly.

Back in 2004 when Barack Obama spoke during the Democratic National Convention, we saw a future star. Now, in 2008, we have a President Elect.

President Obama (crazy ain’t it) has a difficult road to travel. His every move will be scrutinized as if he’s a Black quarterback attempting to lead a struggling franchise back to respectability.

He’s the first of his kind. This moment has nothing to compare itself to.

Last night during Barack Obama’s acceptance speech in Chicago’s Grant Park, a nation was captivated. Christmas eyes around the world were prominent in their shocked reticence. Crowds cheered like it was New Year’s Eve and Super Bowl bombastic. One of the most unique moments in Terra’s history.

Then we saw Jesse Jackson cry for our Fathers and their Father’s Fathers.

This may be be the image people five hundred years from now will see for it represents a generation of struggle, struggle and more struggle. Martin, Malcolm, Medgar (the three names I always associate with the MMM October 16th, 1995), John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy had to flash through his mind over and over as Barack spoke. This was a moment he never thought would happen. Even as Barack announced his candidacy, no one thought he would win. Think what you want about Jesse but be mindful he was there through the fire hose non fires and front of the bus Rosa Park tired of the bs desire.

Blacks need to see this moment because it advances thought. Dreams will not be slain any longer. No more, “No. Wait.”

Cory Booker are you listening?

I spoke to a very good White friend of mine during Barack’s speech. It’s interesting the different opinions people have regarding Barack. She speaks of now and hope and rock stars and charisma and happiness. I spoke from my existence. I spoke from my late Mother, Grandmother and Grandfather’s infantile souls. I spoke from the skin that burned hot at the tip of a slave master’s whip.

From Mos Def’s Rock N Roll (instrumental for a purpose):

My grandmomma was raised on a reservation
My great grandmomma was, from a plantation
They sang – songs for inspiration
They sang – songs for relaxation
They sang – songs, to take their minds up off that
fucked up situation
I am… yes I am… the descendant (yes yes)
of those folks whose, backs got broke
who, fell down inside the gunsmoke
(Black people!) Chains on they ankles and feet
I am descendants, of the builders of your street
(Black people!) Tenders to your cotton money
I am.. hip-hop

This is where most Blacks live. Blacks will not think in now terms and shouldn’t have to. We can all revel in the fact that Barack–a Black man–will be President of the United States, but it would be foolish to think racism does not and will not continue to exist.

An individual should not define the collective–to do so would have tragic repercussions. You will have White folk say my child has a Black friend and that reminds him/her of Barack. You will have White folk befriend Black folk just because.

White people, I ask you to do so with a hardcore peace soul intact. If you are gonna do this, then do it right. We all want to move on from a sordid past that exacerbated the unfortunate reality of two Americas. Don’t patronize Blacks because of this victory.

Blacks are emotional and that’s just how it is. Now Whites understand the origin of our emotion. Blacks voted with a smile because they finally felt a part of the political process.

I love you Dad.

Ron Glover just called me crying and trust I’ve done my fair share. I love you my brotha.

My sister Gina, my niece Aivonna (her first election) and I voted together yesterday. Last week we also stood in the cold rain for two hours as Barack spoke at Widener University. I could have covered the event in the press tent, but I stood with her like I was supposed to. We live in the struggle. I was happy and proud my sister is so in tune with political happenings. I love you sis. When going to vote, there was a face of hate as we drove by his house, but every other White face had a smile…well there was this stone face older White lady who was probably cussing us out in her mind to no end, but that’s irrelevant–or is it?

Whites knew this was a watershed moment. Half of the electorate embraced it, but half didn’t.

I’d bet most Blacks supported Hillary Clinton until Barack won Iowa. Iowa made people say “Oh shit. Can Barack really do this?” This comes from a state where there is almost no Black population, so it would be absurd to deny Iowa’s hand in all of this. The state deserves its proper reverence whether we like it or not.

Moving forward, this election had nothing to do with policy. A Democrat was going to win no matter who ran because of the dire straits the country is in financially. I do find it straight crazy Barack won by a landslide–but it’s a start.

Writing sports, you see similar moments, but until I see a Black quarterback leading that blue and silver star on a game winning drive in the Super Bowl, I’ll keep this moment in its proper perspective.

Don’t get it twisted…White folk, ya done guuuud, just understand it’s much deeper than Grant Park and ya can’t stop there.

Blacks aren’t about the Golden Boy, rock star cat who ends up a has been with a comb over after fickle folk throw his persona in the trash. That’s pop culture.

Blacks are not pop culture for the most part.

To make Barack a pop culture figure is wrong. Barack will be challenged because of his charisma. Some women will throw themselves at him because of their attraction to power. Billionaires will try to get those ears in their deep back pockets. His first vote will be analyzed by the masses. Folk will wait with bated breath over rolling back Bush tax cuts (don’t expire for another year) and capital gains taxes, housing and most importantly, when he pulls the troops out of Iraq.

This is not People Magazine, this is Life. Recognize the difference.

Having a strong woman like Michelle by his side will keep him true.

This has to be genuine. Before Barack was elected, we were headed straight for the Roman monument graveyard. Hopefully this changes things.

Will Barack negotiate with the Taliban in hopes of world peace? Will he infuse himself into the corrupt conversations of boot licking, ring kissing and back patting for the sake of power? Will he stand alone and create a diverse cabinet that isn’t fake in its ideology–comforting words mean nothing. Will he speak to all of America and not just Whites to get this ship righted? Will bipartisan politics prevail?

The pitfalls of history will challenge you Barack. Side shake ’em and juke ’em outta their socks.

Black people…fortunately Blacks have been educated the last 2 years regarding the political process. Folks know what lobbying and filibustering and tax provisions and oversight means. Blacks have to stand up and hold themselves accountable for everything they do–just as everyone should–like no other time in history. This also is an opportunity to show America Blacks do in fact long for the comfort of a two parent household that is tight lock, stock and barrel. Black men don’t want to be philanderers running the streets looking for the next woman who strokes our ego just for the moment (stereotype).

We want to chill with a glass of lemonade on the back porch while our grandchildren run and play in the backyard as we hold hands with our wife and best friend who we’ve loved unconditionally through decades of disagreements.

The genuine family is now on the clock. You want one, go get one. If you don’t want one then don’t mislead the one next to you who waits for the next word to hug him or her for a lifetime of thoughts, dreams and love desires.

The fact that Michelle Obama is by his side has everything to do with how Barack Obama ran his remarkable campaign. He had self discipline. He did not fore go the course when it came to hateful fear mongering politics. He’s been every word chill for two years. He never wavered. He never engaged and Tyson bolo swung at his opponent like many of us–including myself–wanted him to do.

Thanks Michelle.

I hope they both throw out all the political speak and give it to us right and exact. The days of coded word bs are over because the map has slipped away from the Republican base. That’s old politics and yesterday represented a seismic shift in how the citizens of the world view America. The Republican party is stuck in the 50’s. Compare and contrast any Obama/Biden rally with a McCain/Palin rally.

You tell me what the differences are.

Dems have their issues as well and mos def better live up to the bar Obama raised. If they hide behind this victory, they will be cowards. Man up.

Sasha and Melia’s generation will look back on this moment and ask the generations before them one question:

“What took you so long?”

Some words some may not be comfortable with hearing…

America for White folk is White. Slavery and its effects haven’t been addressed correctly. Washington played with White folks money and they finally said “Whoa!” Whites view everything in White terms because Whites make up the majority. They don’t have to associate with Blacks if they choose not to. White history is White present so there is not a premium on educating themselves of how others came to be. Now that that has changed, Whites will have questions. Answer them without prejudice and things will begin to change but Whites also have a responsibility to say to themselves that it’s time to want to learn.

There are no more excuses.

Look at the base. Why isn’t there a Republican Congressman from New England? That is shocking but also a sign Whites need to shape up or get shipped out.

Barack won because he ruled the North like never before.

Leave it to Beaver was in black and white but that doesn’t mean it’s right. That model is dead people, so it’s high time you move on for it’s not representative of our nation.

Because there is a new American President, everyone in this land must judge themselves accordingly. Most people will view Barack as the political version of Jackie Robinson and I think that would be a mistake. Just look at MLB and I need to say nothing more.

Barack won also because he’s a ringer. There’s nothing you can chink his armor with and that’s why Whites felt comfortable voting for him.

McCain and Palin were not ringers and lost because of it.

This isn’t a post racial country. There are how many Black Governors or Senators?

I’d surmise the country will still be divided. Issues will come before us and race lines in the sand will be drawn. It will get worse before it gets better.

Things will still fall apart just as if a White president was in office. We just have a new father (of the country of course) and that father’s name is Barack.

Michelle Obama will also redefine the role of a first lady because she is nothing fake. You understand she will not take any stuff from anyone and will stand by her man until death. She is a beautiful and great loving Mother. Sasha and Melia are definitely their parents children and it’s indicative in their smile.

She will educate you.

Based on America’s reaction, this was a real moment we all should proud of.

This does not erase 400 years of slavery.

Blacks deservedly will continue to be apprehensive but this will help.

The tears of joy shed by the American collective are something we all need to hold on to but education, health insurance (this will be a very interesting debate), racial profiling, affordable housing, criminal justice, the need for jobs and unconditional equality have to be genuinely approached with souls entrenched in reality’s flame.

If not America will go the way of Sunday baseball in Rube Foster land.

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John McCain’s Concession speech. I’ll give McCain a modicum of respect because he seemed gracious–his speech writers did a great job–he tried to quell the crowd, but the boos need to scatter zoom.

Before the election, I liked John McCain because he seemed to be different but let those in charge mark his campaign. Should have came to the middle a little bit more John instead of representing an American dinosaur.

The true definition of shock and awe

47 Responses to “President Barack Obama”

  1. michelle says:

    WOW! Nice article Miz!

  2. antone says:

    I think one of the most important things about this is that now when some of the most powerful men sit down in the world and the biggest issues in this country are talked about Barack will be there and he will be the leader of it all and people will look towards him to see what he has to say. What this means is that when this happens there will now be somebody with power who will speak for us and have us in mind and people will listen and hopefully respect his viewpoint and what he has to say. You have to think that some of this will trickle down to the masses, at least that is my hope. When Barack speaks I feel like he is speaking for me and for every decent citizen in this country and I’ve never felt like that about any other politician, that is why you see so many people with tears in their eyes. It would be one thing if he were just black, but he is black and honorable and he speaks for us and does it well.

    Honestly though I am very hopeful for this country, because I really believe in the younger generation, which includes myself, that race does not matter as much as it did before for a large part of the generation. People like Muhammad Ali, Jay-Z, Michael Jordan, Shaq, etc have played a large part in this country by opening the minds of young people simply by being in the limelight and getting people familiar with them. I truly believe that the younger generation well not perfect does not see things as black and white as the older generation does.

    One way to explain it is an advancement of thought from the scene in Do The Right Thing where Spike Lee is talking with the Italian brother who doesn’t like black people but his favorite athletes are all black. Well that movie was sometime ago and I think this younger generation has taken it a step further where the majority of them don’t have that hatred of black people, because they have grown up with hip hop and sports figures as their heroes and they are probably the first generation to have both of those mediums while growing up. I don’t think we can downplay the affect that sports and hip hop have had on how the younger generation thinks. Obviously those two areas might only touch on a certain amount of people probably mostly in urban diverse areas…but now with Barack as President it can affect EVERYONE. Everyone knows who the President is….the small children today will see Barack as President and as a black man and my hope is that this will affect how they view black people and the racist undertones in this nation will slowly die along with the older generation that has tried to pass it down.

    Old is stuck in it’s ways…youth can make a change and this is the first step in doing that..we all have played a part…over 66% of the population 30 and younger voted for Barack…now the children of today have someone to look at who can help their generation continue to make change.

  3. Mizzo says:

    Well said antone, but you and I know Hip Hop (as well as sports) has to hold itself accountable as well. It’s real in the field but it’s encouraging to see things beginning to change in the space of 16 bars.

  4. antone says:

    Of course there are plenty of instances in both hip hop and sports where there is harm done, but I have to wonder if the people who have a negative view just based on those instances are really open minded enough to change their ways/views anyway. I cringe when I see certain things on the TV myself, so I definitely agree people need to step their game up and start acting like men, because that too affects the children who will try to emulate the people they look up to. You can only hope that they have enough other strong positive role models in their life to let them know right from wrong. Now they have one who is EXTREMELY visable and maybe this younger generation will be more inspired to act like Obama instead of a Jordan/Kobe/Jay-Z etc. Not that there is anything wrong with them, but Obama is just a whole other level for them to aspire to. Not everyone is a gifted athlete or rapper, but I bet there’s a whole lot of people who could get into politics even if its just on a local level it will help make change.

    I think it will be really interesting to see in 20-25 years or so how the political field looks. Will there be a lot of politicians like Barack? and even white politicians who were inspired and influenced by Barack? will we see a Dominican or Puerto Rican-US born candidate in the future? This election has to have some affect on the children of today, I really believe it does. Also, in the immediate future, does this mean that candidates will have to keep in mind the voter base who has voted Obama into office? I believe it was extremely important to win this election or else the power would still be with the people who on a large part are ignorant or just don’t care about us. Candidates would know they have to appeal to that base of people, but now maybe we have changed that and more candidates will try to appeal to us. Of course you have to hope they really mean what they say too.

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  6. Miranda says:

    Barack doesn’t come from some wealthy background, he wasn’t raised in priviledge. He hasn’t lived in luxury all his life and gotten by on his parents connections. All that makes it so much sweeter knowing there are little black and brown boys who will truly believe they don’t have to limit their vision to just a few paths. Barack’s whole persona, his Queen, his kids….just the image alone is enough for me. It might not be for anyone else, but for me? That’s enough right there.

  7. Mizzo says:

    I understand what you were saying antone and my words weren’t meant to be critical of you initial comment.

    This is just so overwhelming. I’m still in shock.

    It is going to be interesting to see what the political landscape resembles down the road. As long as I have my African cane, I’m straight.

    Now when Cynthia McKinney is a serious candidate in the eyes of all, then we’ll truly have change.

  8. antone says:

    Oh I know they were not critical..best believe..but your comment reminded me of some thoughts I had on my mind at one time or another that I had not expressed fully in my initial comment.

    It is very overwhelming..I’ve found myself shedding tears at various times throughout the past two days…even when I woke up yesterday morning and was driving to work alone in my car just the thought that the day was going to be one of the biggest days of my life had me so hopeful that I couldn’t help but shed some tears…and on my way to vote i had to get myself together enough so I could enjoy the moment…I’m even looking at the locations of the countless people visiting my blog post about Obama and seeing people from ALL OVER THE WORLD reading it..it’s truly amazing and overwhelming as you said.

  9. ronglover says:

    FINALLY, A FIRST LADY THAT ISN’T HARD ON THE EYES!!!

  10. antone says:

    True that…but you know it will be interesting to see what kind of causes she gets involved in too. I think she has said that she doesn’t want to get involved in politics like Hillary did, but still she holds a prominent position and she should be able to do a lot of good things.

  11. Mark says:

    One thing that was encouraged to see – was the gravity with which he spoke. Mr. Obama was very dissimilar to the Clintons in 1992 – grave, serious, Presidential.

    While I was not a supporter, I will pray for Mr. Obama, as I have all the Presidents that have led this country in my life time.

  12. Newlin says:

    62 million americans voted in a guy they really don’t know. Sara Palin didn’t have experience? Obama has the almighty know-how, wisdom and experience? From what proof and record?

    Where’s the details of his great plans…oh and you dummies that think you’re getting free healthcare, why didn’t you ask him to explain the details? Besides he will need to creat a mega administrative medical office to run it on your tax dollars!

    Another note: Even if he ran as a communist, he would still have received 99% of the black vote…wake up people!

  13. Evan says:

    As you know Obama also had a very hard childhood where his only black identaty came from his white mother. This is a really interesting article put out by the indypeneden on this topic

    Deciphering Barack: Obama’s Mama Drives His Desire to Redeem
    By Nicholas Powers
    October 18, 2008 – Indypendent
    Why forgive? When we are wronged and wronged again by a loved one, why isn’t rage enough? It never is. Slowly, it becomes silence. The silence hardens into a brittle pride that breaks when revenge is beyond reach and the original pain, once throbbing beneath the surface is uncovered. Such a rending of pride happened to Barack Obama when his Aunt called from Kenya to say that his father, long absent from his life, died in a car crash.

    The scene of unrecoverable loss begins his memoir Dreams From My Father, published in 1995 to good reviews and mild sales. It’s now seen as the Rosetta stone for Obama, the key to decipher the man who will be the next American president. It’s tempting to sift its pages for clues to how he would govern and the memoir offers them. He is driven by a need to redeem, to pay off debt owed by those whose shame has silenced them.

    Obama’s father needed redemption. Even though he had a wife and children in Kenya, his father courted Stanley Ann and in a whirlwind of hunger and fascination they married and soon Obama was born. Two years later, he left for Harvard and in the distance between them their whirlwind unraveled. They divorced and when Obama asked for his father, she covered his absence with stories, creating a mythology for her son to love in place of a man

    To read the entire article visit
    http://www.indypendent.org/2008/10/18/redemption-song/

  14. origin says:

    True sista Miranda. It is wonderful to see that dude and that beautiful black queen he has and those cute kids. Just the thought of them in the white house is amazing. Also throw in the fact seeing Michelle’s nieces with their braids in their hair and her brother and mother up there.

    Yeap to see a family that looks like all of us in the white house is amazing.

    Last Newlin take your trolling ass on.

    Mizzo the haters are out.

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  16. Mizzo says:

    Newlin get on the Flintstone bus–the back, front or whatever–and take your prehistoric ideology back in time and pitch up camp before darkness hits.

    After you scream “Eureka!” when you “discover” how to start a fire, gain comfort with your surroundings and with all the time you will have at your leisure, try to think about how to initiate your true model of change talking to yourself.

    What you don’t want to work together?

    This shit is broke…it’s time for someone else to fix it. Barack is not a C student. Republicans mediocre as well as those skilled sat on their entitled asses assuming America continued to back their lies just because the country is center right?

    From 911 to Katrina and every other 700 trillion dollar excuse they’ve handed out, America waited and unfortunately trusted to a fault.

    Their time’s limited, hard rocks too.

    Diversity won over pre-modern American monotheism[sic]. Since coach has signaled another player off the bench, maybe true progress is finally obtainable.

  17. Temple3 says:

    So, I click on the link to the Huffington Post with pictures from around the world — and the first image is of a Black man dancing in Basra, Iraq. I couldn’t help thinking of Al-Jahiz, an African scholar and botanist (whose works would later influence Charles Darwin significantly), who was born in Basra around 781 A.D.

    I know that was a long time ago, but as you can plainly see from the link, there are still plenty Black folk in Basra. In fact, it was a long, bloody revolt of Africans in Iraq that put an end to the Abbassid Dynasty. Anyway, here’s a quote from Al-Jahiz from way, way, way back in the day.

    Risalat mufakharat al-sudan ‘ala al-bidan (Superiority Of The Blacks To The Whites)

    Al-Jahiz wrote the following on black people:

    “We (Ethiopians in this case) have conquered the country of the Arabs as far as Mecca and have governed them. We defeated Dhu Nowas (Jewish King of Yemen) and killed all the Himyarite princes, but you, White people, have never conquered our country. Our people, the Zenghs (Blacks of Africa’s East Coast) revolted forty times in the Euphrates, driving the inhabitants from their homes and making Oballah a bath of blood. […] Blacks are physically stronger than no matter what other people. A single one of them can lift stones of greater weight and carry burdens such as several Whites could not lift nor carry between them. […] They are brave, strong, and generous as witness their nobility and general lack of wickedness. […] The Blacks say to the Arabs, ‘A sign of your barbarity is that when you were pagans you considered us your equals as regards the women of your race. After your conversion to Islam, however, you thought otherwise. Despite this the deserts swarm with the number of our men who married your women and who became chiefs and defended you against your enemies’.”[14]

    The book from which this quote was taken is not available in the US. I don’t even believe it has been translated into English. To my knowledge, the only copies are in German and are held in private collections or somewhere in Europe or the “Middle East.”

    With that said, J.A. Rodgers wrote extensively about Blacks who led Western and Middle Eastern societies from pivotal roles. Whether we’re talking about African-born popes (clearly the equivalent of an American president) or heads of Sultanates, this historical moment is not exactly unprecedented, but the historical antecedents are so far removed as to be essentially meaningless.

    Europeans and Arabs have not always been afflicted with the notion of inherent superiority. We know from the testimony of Al-Jahiz from as early as 800 A.D. (1200 years ago) that at least one scholarly Ethiopian was crystal clear about the “value” of Black folk. There is much more to this quote which is a bit off-color and I won’t share it here. I suggest picking up J.A. Rogers’ World’s Great Men of Color. We know from the Greeks that at least one of their historians believed the Ethiopians to be the most handsome, ethical and healthy people on the entire planet. Things have changed — and perhaps Obama’s victory will signal a return to the historic greatness of a people shrouded too long by -isms.

    The World is very, very pleased. It’s time for the human family to turn the page on what has unnecessarily divided us for far too long. We know that we all connected on the most basic level…all of our creation myths tell that is so. Even our physics says this is so. Only our minds and egos have contrived to divide that which God herself forged together.

    Smile and exhale!

  18. Temple3 says:

    Young world, young world. The world is yours.

  19. Mizzo says:

    Damn brothaman! You always come with the real! Thanks for that.

  20. Troy says:

    Amazing post, but I just want to ask you one thing, Miz: why do you separate blacks and whites on such a large scale? What’s the difference between two humans who are black and white? Besides the fact they have different opinions, interests, different looks, and different skin color (not to mention one may be a man or woman), what’s different?

    Instead of being black or white, why can’t we just be labeled as people? Let’s end the whole racial division and focus on the only real race: human.

  21. Temple3 says:

    Thanks.

    Found this over at Prometheus 6 (pardon me for stealing his fire):

    Obama has challenged me to rethink what is possible in this country. That is, what is possible for an african american individual to achieve in a country full of bigots.

    This man and his staff ran an inclusive, high road campaign, in an extremely hostile, bigoted, and partisan environment. He achieved this with self-discipline, hard work, and a strategic vision.

    A black man with the name “Hussein” made it to the top. Suddenly, those boulders I see in my way don’t seem so unclimbable.

    He is both an inspiration and an admonishment to rise.

    This by keto, in response to a question submariner asked in the comments.

    I wish I could magically summon tourists to read this. It’s visceral proof that, though the Black communities turned with almost a single mind to vote for Obama, the idea that we voted for him because he is Black is simply wrong.

    We voted for him because WE are Black.

    That says it all.

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    I see you have posters on this blog who know so little about Black history and politics in the US that they’d suggest a Communist could curry favor among us. While this “red herring” of ideological opposition has always been used as a shoehorn to domination, Black folk have (in the main) steadfastly refused to be co-opted by either the extreme left or extreme right.

    It is precisely because Black folk are more American than anyone here (save for the indigenous population) that an abiding conservative hinged to an unabated pursuit of freedom are the ideological lamp posts of Black politics. Pick the leader or the institution. You find strong social conservativism and an emphasis on liberty. It was precisely because White Americans have so frequently disowned freedom as an inconvenient intrusion on their liberty (the liberty to deny Black votes or Black business ownership (the actual cause of a lynching in Tennessee that politicized Ida Wells), Black land ownership (Google Sundown Towns)) that Black people have demonstrated what is referred to as “the American personality.”

    The greatest moments of DOMESTIC LIBERTY are almost ALL tied to an initiative of African people in the US. Assistance from people of good will has also always been a part of the process, but the initiative has been ours precisely because are at the greatest peril for a failing of the nation to live out the meaning of its creed.

    The historic rejection of Communism as an ideology is deep-seated. It is, however, distinct from a rejection of well-meaning aides de camp from the left. Black folk have always been savvy in making that distinction. It’s why no one knows about Cyril Briggs and Otto Huiswood. (Who? – Exactly.) It’s why J. Edgar Hoover worked so diligently to “tar” MLK and the CRM with the badge of Red Courage. Were the sons of H.L. Hunt communists when they flew to Russia to enlist Oswald in the hit on JFK? Were the Hunts banned from establishing the AFL, purchasing the Kansas City Chiefs or selling tomato paste to millions of American families?

    Nope. It’s a red herring tossed about by folks whose entire existence is contingent on the ignorance (not stupidity, but ignorance) of others.

    Trolls do what trolls do. I suppose that is why the Lord promised Israel that they would be “provoked to anger by a foolish nation.” (Deut. 32:21)

  22. Mizzo says:

    Troy thanks for coming by the site and I’m glad you asked the question. The South overwhelmingly voted for McCain. What does that tell you? I would love to toss aside mass generalizations but we ain’t there yet bruh. This post speaks to anyone who thinks we are in post racial times just because Barack was voted POTUS. There’s a lot more work to be done on all fronts before one can be confident all will be seen as equal.

    McCain and his camp talked all that fringe racist trash about Barack and you barely heard a peep from America regarding his rhetoric besides coded superficial bs here and there.

    If McCain snapped his fingers at any of those pseudo supremacist rallies any number of unfortunate things would have popped off.

    Who do you think Joe the plumber represented? He sure as hell wasn’t Hip Hop Basketball Pop from Lennox Ave.

    When White folk speak out publicly on issues that divide us all then you’ll definitely see changes in my tone.

    I’m an optimist, not a cynic. I want this to be all inclusive and I don’t mean on some hippie shit.

  23. Temple3 says:

    Troy –

    In all seriousness, why stop there? Do you believe that humans have more rights than say animals? It’s clear that some humans have gone to tremendous lengths to protect the rights of dogs, penguins, whales, dolphins, swordfish, alligators, birds, elephants, sharks, and even, or especially, trees.

    While animals don’t vote, they do actually have a means of expressing themselves (and we have a mechanism to perceive their pain) that compels many of us to act on their behalf. It wouldn’t be different if they were deaf and mute and were compelled to have a confederate plead their case.

    It seems to me that perhaps the line could be drawn between the living and the dead and the unborn.

    Then again, why would be do that? We know there is no disconnect, really, between these three states of being. In fact, national and international politics are rife with these issues. Issues like Memorials for Confederate War Heroes, for some reason, tend to inflame passions among the living. The question of defining the beginnning of life (a Colorado ballot initiative) also tend to inflame passions among the living.

    No, I don’t believe drawing the lines at HUMAN is sufficient or even a meaningful distinction. The category is so big as to mean virtually nothing and it presupposes that non-humans may be essentially different in a manner that does not intrude upon political, economic and even spiritual relations between humans. We know this to be false.

    Perhaps Troy, you could clarify your real meaning. Thanks.

  24. Temple3 says:

    Mizzo:

    I think it’s helpful to clarify the VALUE SYSTEM of the “whites” you discuss. Clearly Barack Obama engendered a great deal of political support from “whites” of all different ideological stripes. To classify the “Solid South” of the Republican Party as merely “white” is to miss the nuance of who these voters are.

    It negates larger questions of their principled opposition to Democrats (regardless of color). It mitigates their right to self-identify with folks like Joe the Plumber. And, it also neglects to capture the nature of opposition to Obama during the Primary Stage in the North. Remember, during the primary season, he lost New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Ohio.

    I wholeheartedly agree that we are not in a “post-racial” time. Nothing could be more absurd. It’s not as if corporations and government have been immediately redesigned to operate on an equity basis. I think those nuances, though, are worth exploring. Perhaps we’re at a point where people’s fatigue with division has genuinely equipped their Fear of a Black Planet.

  25. Troy says:

    Unfortunately I think racism will always exist. There’s always going to be a group of idiots out there perpetuating issues and news media organizations jumping all over it like flies on excrement.

    If there ever is some kind of post-racism time, it will be way after our time, unfortunately.

    You hear the terms “Black man/woman” or “White man/woman” all the time, but why is the prefix of black or white needed? For culture’s sake? I’m not sure why. I see human beings, not color.

  26. Mizzo says:

    I mean from the grandlady in San Diego to the college student in Cambridge. It’s my opinion this is the only way racism will erode. Each one teach one? In this case each one speak one.

    I understand one’s willingness to identify with their own during any given election, but there was a sense of evil spat by the right which really needs more clarification just as any overly scrutinized outspoken words of a typical conscious Black man.

    I gotta post this video of James Baldwin that enters the river of my mind every couple of days. I’ll do so now.

  27. Temple3 says:

    I see human beings, not color.

    Does that mean with respect to how YOU choose to relate to people? In other words, are you simply saying that you’re cool with people as long as they’re cool with you — regardless of what “group” they belong to?

    Or are you saying else?

  28. As a black man in the United States, I understand that with the good, bad, and ugly, this is my country. However because of that fact, and from what history teaches, the country native to my forefathers is unknown because of the slave trade.

    This may sound crazy, but with Senator Obama, winning the election and becoming the President, I can finally say that I belong, and I am proud and happy to represent this country.

    It took President Obama winning for me to feel what others have felt in this country for years, and I am grateful, and thankful to be born and raised in the USA.

    Now we as black journalist, need CHANGE, so that people like Michael, Ron, and I can get what we deserve as members of the media.

  29. thebrotherreport says:

    AXG-
    Saw you on the parade float last week, I know that had to be a big thrill for you.

  30. Troy says:

    Temple3, I don’t have a problem with anybody whatsoever unless there’s a legit reason to be. If I get mad at one person, I’m mad at the one person specifically and not a group of people that they relate themselves with.

  31. thebrotherreport says:

    I was thinking about the The Pledge of Allegiance and what it meant as to me as a child, how I took pride in doing it, it gave me a feeling of patriotism and reverence.

    Once I reached my teens and read the fine print I noticed that the words were misleading and contradictory. How could this be when my father and grandfathers fought for the same freedoms under this symbol? Hurt and disgusted, I turned away casting those words from my conscience.

    Today, I’m still aware of the fine print but the pain has subsided and my anger has turned to hope. Hope that when my son looks at President Obama and says the Pledge of Allegiance that he can say it and believe in it.

  32. Mizzo says:

    I’ll let Temple comment in his own eloquent way, but Troy you speak as if the world lives your ideology. That’s not reality–especially if you are Black. I truly wish that were the case. I applaud you personally for being who you are. Throw a rock at the upstairs glass of some of your buddies to get their attention.

  33. Temple3 says:

    Troy…

    That’s what I thought. I think that’s fine.

    I would say that’s consistent with my ideology as well.

    More broadly, though, I will say that POWER is vested in groups who operate collectively. What Black people are facing (with respect to racism) is the aftermath of a decision by a small group of Angles, Normans, Teutons and others to assign themselves the top rung of a racial hierarchy. It so happens that this group not created this myth at around the same time that the cornerstones of the modern world were taking shape: modern universities, mass media, mass transportation, etc. That mind set is dying a slow death, but it is neither a natural nor permanent condition.

    This ideology is predicated on a rewriting of history and the creation of a group of people (“whites”) who don’t actually exist except in their minds. There was a time when Southern and Eastern Europeans were not considered “white.” There was a time when Arabs (regardless of their phenotype) were not considered “white.” The definition is as political as anything else.

    Any world in which Sophia Loren is considered white and Jennifer Beals is considered black is not operating along an objective standard that makes sense. Only a rejection of history that eliminates the long-standing linkages between Africa and Italy/Sicily/Greece/Crete could support such a nonsensical view.

    People are trippin’, but that doesn’t mean the institutions and ideologies crafted by white supremacist myth makers (and sustained by their progeny in schools and media centers all over the world) don’t need to be dismantled. I was reading a story about the media creation of “crack babies.” It seems that a scientist had shared preliminary findings of his research and eventually wound up reframing some of his conclusions. Too late — the news media picked up the story and ran with it. So, in a nation where for every single Black crack user, there are no less than two white ones, the journalist I was reading remarked about never having seen an IMAGE-IMAGE-IMAGE of a “white” crack baby.

    Now, what does that have to do with individuals or groups? Who knows. I do know that if you’re in the business of crafting policy, some individuals (who you may or may see as merely humans) will have been SEEDED or PREPARED (just like meat tenderizer) to wed their personal identity to the exact opposite of Crack Babies – rhymes with Black Babies.

    Just because someone has been seeded or prepared to embrace something that soothes their psyche doesn’t make them bad or evil — it just makes them someone with a mental disorder who should not be at the policy table. White supremacy is a diagnosable illness which does not afflict just “white” people. The intent of the architects was to INFECT the world. It hasn’t worked. With all of their efforts to diminish Black men, we are still the most loved people on the planet. Barack Obama is merely the latest incarnation of a God force that has included American archetypes like Dr. King, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Joe Louis, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Nat Cole, and millions of others. That these men were largely entertainers only reinforces the power of the Left Brain on this love jones that cannot be cracked merely by Willie Hortonizing.

    Life began in those Kenyan highlands where Obama’s daddy was born. When he opens his arms, smiles and welcomes the world, it’s as if god himself said, “Come to Daddy.”

    Now who can say no to that?

    Troy – I think you’re on the right path. We’re bigger than the attempts of people to divide us based on falsehood. However, I must say, that the full expression of my humanity does not require even the slightest surrender of my blackness. Blackness is an expression of humanness. It is vital, valid and is the alpha and the omega. It is not limiting — after all, Blackness is defined as the PRESENCE of ALL colors. Come unto me — I am the way and the life.

    Can the choir get an AMEN??

  34. KevDog says:

    Looks like T3 was right all along about the selection of Palin. They knew they were going to lose and they chose her just to throw her under the bus when it happened. Not sayin’ it’s a bad thing, she deserves it, but that’s what they did and Brotha T called it way back when.

  35. origin says:

    Very true Kevdog. Ever since August brotha Temple has called it along with Michelle and Miranda.

    I have to give it to them.

    As always brotha temple dropping knowledge like a professor.

  36. Matthew Fudge says:

    “From 911 to Katrina and every other 700 trillion dollar excuse they’ve handed out, America waited and unfortunately trusted to a fault.”

    Miz,

    I don’t think it was only trust. I also think we’ve been too apathetic for too long. We’ve let politicians get away with pissing on us and calling it rain.

  37. Matthew Fudge says:

    Temple, you’re a dangerous man. Your intellect makes it so.

  38. Matthew Fudge says:

    Miz,

    At the risk of sounding clueless, what does “POTUS” mean?

  39. Matthew Fudge says:

    “I’m not sure why. I see human beings, not color.”

    Troy,

    There’s nothing wrong with seeing color. God made us in all sorts of colors, shades, and hues. The problem is when people use color and race as the total definition of a person. My blackness describes me; it doesn’t define me.

  40. Matthew Fudge says:

    Never mind, Miz. President of the United States. So obvious I missed it.

  41. HarveyDent says:

    Brothas and sistas you guys are giving the new troll, Troy, too much credit because he’s the kind of crap-stirrer who comes on here to call us racists and separatists because we see this country and this world as it is now and for what it can be in the future if this idea of white supremacy is finally dismantled.

    Don’t see color? Yeah, right. Step the hell outta here with that stuff because I darn sure see it every time I look in my mirror and you know what? I like what I see. I like what I see when I walk through Chinatown in NYC. I like what I see on the train when the young Puerto Rican mother calms down her little child. I like what I see when a grey-haired white man holds the door open for the Arab Muslim in traditional dress as they nod at each other in thanks. And you know what I else I saw recently that I really liked? I saw the 21st century begin for the USA on 11/04/08 in a park in Chi-town that reflected the changed and changing face of this country.

    So yeah, I’ll be the racist because I see the different races every day and I feel my Hobbesian worldview weakening slowly to maybe be replaced one day by the opposite Lockian view. I love the fact that despite all these perceived problems in the world they are not insurmountable because maybe now OUR country can once again be a leader among equals where all cultures, languages, religions, orientations, and RACES are respected and honored.

    Troy doesn’t see race because he doesn’t want to see it not because of some high-minded moral stance but because he doesn’t want to deal with the fact that the cold, dead hand of exclusion by color, RACISM, is dying a not quick enough death.

    Screw him and everybody who thinks like him in their post-racial wonderland.

  42. I am certainly excited about what an Obama presidency will bring to our beleaguered nation. He is very articulate to be sure, and seemingly has the intellect and composure to be successful in the highest office of the most powerful nation on earth. However, I am a little skeptical about his level of experience, alleged ties to unsavory organizations and religious affiliations. I voted for him, primarily because of bitterness at the incompetence of the Bush administration. I remain disenfranchised with America so far in the 21st Century, and came across a political graphic that does a fairly good job in capturing this sentiment.

    http://www.cafepress.com/usa21stcentury

  43. Mizzo says:

    Matthew you are correct in pointing out my error of using the word trust. My bad on that. As far as Troy, I wouldn’t go as far as label him a troll. I would say he’s mad naive when it comes to the Black diaspora.

  44. Matthew Fudge says:

    You’re not the only one to be skeptical, Claire. I remain so as well. But I honestly believe Barack Obama remains our best chance to get out of the hole we’ve dug for ourselves. Alleged ties to unsavory organizations? Campaign contributions from Fortune 500 firms? He’s not the first and won’t be the last. He has to take care of the people who got him there, regardless of what he promised the American people. Unfair, yes, but that’s life.

    People, I know this won’t happen, but bear with me: what if Obama followed through on his campaign promise and really did raise taxes for people making over $200,000? What if he really did lay the smackdown on those responsible for tanking the economy. A guy can dream, can’t he?

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