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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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