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Blacks Should Expect Nothing From Black Politicians

Right after he won the Democratic Party presidential nomination Barack Obama paid a visit to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), an advocacy group that lobbies the United States Congress and White House for strong American support of Israel. It is ranked as one of the most powerful and influential lobbying organizations in Washington. Obviously these people feel the need to receive assurances from Mr. Obama that if he is fortunate enough to win the oval office he will endeavor to protect Israel and its interest from any and all enemies.

The racially generic dominant community which happens to be predominantly white needs these assurances from Mr. Obama as well. When the clip of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright making statements of support for Mr. Obama that many people found offensive became so popular, the dominant community demanded that Mr. Obama take the steps necessary to put their fears to rest. Many people demanded that Mr. Obama denounce his pastor of twenty years and quit his church. Mr. Obama tried to appease the dominant community with his oratory about racial healing. But that wasn’t enough. Many people said it was too little too late and they needed more to feel comfortable with the black candidate.

However, when Mr. Wright made his appearance on Bill Moyers Journal and explained that Mr. Obama was a politician that needed to make certain gestures for the sake of his campaign, and after Mr. Wright went before the National Press Club saying that an attack on the good reverend was an attack against the black church, Mr. Obama had enough. He responded with indignation and outrage calling for a divorce from his long time spiritual mentor, making another attempt at appeasement for the dominant community.

But, for some odd reason, many people in the black community feel that black people are not entitled to any assurances from Mr. Obama that he wants to protect the interest of the black community. When Jeremiah Wright made his comments about racism in the black community, Mr. Obama made it a point to assure people that he does not share the pastor’s sentiments. Mr. Obama dismissed his pastor as an angry bitter black man of a bygone era. The reverend’s rant had no merit.

When Mr. Obama made his statement in response to the district attorney of Jena, Louisiana charging six black students at the local high school with second degree attempted murder for a school fight with a white student, Mr. Obama was careful to make his statement as politically correct and as racially neutral as possible. His statement was a call for racial healing on both sides of the racial fence. The fact that the whole issue started when white students hung racially provocative nooses in response to black students sitting under a tree normally reserved for white kids is nothing that needs attention. We can mend the racial divide and come together as one.

Tell a victim of rape that he or she needs to put the rape in the past and come together with their rapist. Tell the various victims of muggings that they need to heal with their muggers. Only crimes of racism are solved with calls for the perpetrators to heal with their victims. Like many, Mr. Obama feels that the real crimes associated with racial prejudice are of a bygone era and what we experience these days are nothing more than misunderstandings of perceptions. There is no need to give any attention to issues that affect the black community.  We are supposed to believe that there is nothing keeping the black community in its poor condition other than the black men who refuse to take on their responsibilities as fathers.

If only Mr. Obama could fit black people into his busy schedule he might be able to take a step back, listen, and develop a fresh understanding of what our interests are. If only he could make an appearance at a black organization that isn’t just another church hungry for rhetoric he might be able to convey to the black community his plans for protecting our interest. But with commencement addresses to be given at Wesleyan University and appearances of assurance at AIPAC, Mr. Obama just doesn’t have the time, or desire, to make any appearances to allay any black people’s fears.  The black community needs to lift itself by its boot straps.

Besides, why should he? Black people require nothing from Barack Obama. We should assume that our interests are protected because Mr. Obama has black skin. No black politician would ever do anything to betray the trust of the black community. People who expect black politicians to clarify their position on issues pertaining to the black community are defeatist and house Negroes who are trying to sabotage the black politician’s run and keep black people from obtaining political power. The black politician needs to get white people’s votes so we should know that he’s trying to keep it on the down low.

Political power has always been kind to the black community. Black people have always been able to trust in politics for the social changes needed to bring equality to the black neighborhoods. That’s why black neighborhoods are thriving so well now.  Black people can trust each other without question because we know that no black person would ever do anything against another.

No one ever says that white people who ask white politicians tough questions about issues close to the white community are sellouts or defeatist. White people who ask tough questions are depicted as shrewd voters making sure they protest their interest. Mr. Obama is free to stand before whoever needs his assurances and will give detailed descriptions of why people should feel comfortable for supporting his bid for the presidency. But black people needn’t worry. He’s got that black skin after all. Sure we can trust him. He’s always had the black community’s true interest at heart despite anything we’ve ever seen to the contrary.

Black people who want to ask tough questions of the black candidates, who want assurances for the black community, really should learn to trust more and get over their victim mentalities. Black people really must learn to expect nothing from our black politicians.

Thursday, June 26, 2008 Posted by | African Americans, Barack Obama, Black Community, Black Culture, Black People, Life, Thoughts | 13 Comments