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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


  1. 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.

    Here is where I have to disagree a bit. I’ve heard the phrase “white privilege” quite a bit. Frankly, aside from some very wealthy families, that phrase isn’t quite right.

    It is more like this: the average white person isn’t particularly successful nor does he/she hold that much power. Maybe they have some typical attitudes (I think that xenophobia is an inherited human trait) but they haven’t overtly discriminated against anyone.

    What they have is more of a “they don’t face the same unfair challenges that many Black people face” than a privilege so to speak, and they might not be directly responsible for many of the bad things that disproportionally happen to Black people.

    Or, I’ll use this analogy: yes, it is unfair that I can go out for a hike or a run and not face the same threat that a woman might face. It would be fair if both men and woman could run alone without fear.

    But it isn’t my fault that there are men who prey upon women. So, because I am a male, should I be held responsible for the crimes that other males commit?

    (yes, some feminists would say “yes”, but that is another matter).

    Just another plug for BHO: remember Obama did take on issues important to Black people, especially when he was a State Senator.

    Also, his first big “his alone” bill in the US Senate was to obtain aid for the Congo (I know, Africa, not A. A. related directly); the point is that he was the one to do it (and Africa is often ignored for the same reasons many AA concerns are ignored).

    Comment by ollie | Friday, June 27, 2008 | Reply

  2. Thanks for the feedback ollie,

    But I’m not sure if you followed my analogy.

    No one should hold anyone else accountable because of association. However, when there are clear cases of victims and perpetraters people must take a stand to hold people accountable for their actions instead of trying to take a neutral stand that holds both parties in the same regards. It would be unfair for black people to hold all white people responsible for what happened, and what is happening, in Jena, Louisiana. But it is a fact that white people in Jena have created an intolerable environment of black subjugation and privilege that continues to this day.


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Friday, June 27, 2008 | Reply

  3. Ok, I am going to ask an honest (not a hostile) question: given the actual situation in Jenna, if you were running for President, what would you say and do?

    note: I am not denying that racism was the culprit for the climate that lead to the nooses. That is plainly obvious, at least to reasonable people.

    Comment by blueollie | Friday, June 27, 2008 | Reply

  4. Me? Run for president? I would like to think I would be who I am. I think I would want to be a man concerned about justice as well as healing. Is that not what we seek in America as our core principles? Do we not talk about truth, justice, and the American way? Justice is not coming up to the mic and saying let’s just let bygones be bygones. Letting someone get away with a crime isn’t supposed to happen here. Unfortunately, it happens all the time in cases of political expediency. So, are we to just keep quiet and let white people run amok because we want the presidency so badly? And what happens when these same white folks start acting a fool while he’s the president? Will he apply the same look the other way and shrug it off justice that is going on all across America? Gaining the presidency by tolerating racial injustice is not a prize worth having.


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Friday, June 27, 2008 | Reply

  5. Here is what I am asking:

    1. What would you say at the podium?

    2. What types of programs would you propose?

    3. How would you get congress to go along with what you proposed?

    Obviously we can’t discuss micro-details, but are there examples out there of what you’d like to see?

    Comment by blueollie | Saturday, June 28, 2008 | Reply

  6. What type of programs would I propose? We don’t need any new programs or laws from congress. We already have laws and procedures in place to take care of prosecutors or district attorneys that abuse their authority.

    What would I say at the podium? I’m no speech writer but I think it will go something like the following:

    In Jena, Louisiana we have a situation that appears intolerable. District attorneys do not have have the right nor the luxury to indiscriminately pick and choose who will be subjected to prosecution and who will be dismissed with a wink and a pat on the back. If we allow such blatant judicial discrimination to continue without challenge we run the risk of becoming complacent and in fact collaborators to an environment of cronyism, favortism, and an environment where the application of law is not being applied equally and fairly to all of our citizens.


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Saturday, June 28, 2008 | Reply

  7. Thank you. I like what you said; I don’t see how any reasonable person would disagree.

    Comment by blueollie | Saturday, June 28, 2008 | Reply

  8. Thanks for the feedback blueollie,


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Sunday, June 29, 2008 | Reply

  9. I have read “Dreams from my father” and I am familiar enough with Obama’s past to know that he does have true intentions for Blacks. Obama is no step n fetch it and Rev Wright and his first book reveals that. Obama is also no fool, he understands what it takes to gain power and more blacks should understand that as well. You must pacify whites and they’ll put you in power. That’s how whites always get us to put “them” in power.

    Comment by Knowbody | Sunday, June 29, 2008 | Reply

  10. Thanks for the feedback Knowbody,

    But I am not sure that the Barack Obama we see today is the same Barack Obama who may have written that book so many years ago. From what I have seen, Mr. Obama keeps the black community distant and does little more than give black people rhetoric while he makes strong statements and pledges to other communities. People say it is understandable because he is running for president. But the way a person runs for president is the way a man will run his presidency. The author Barack Obama is one person. The politician Barack Obama is a totally different person. I think another visitor to this blog said it best.

    “I will warn you that the Barack in ‘The Dream of My Father’ is the 1994/95 Barack who still had ties to Wright and TUCC. The Barack that attended the Million Man March and was looking for a solution for the issues that affected the black community. That was the Barack before national fame, before he entered into politics and before he was running for president of the United States of America. I believe that at heart he knows the truth yet he cannot express it or act on it. This is just as problematic as him not knowing. It means that he knows better but is grandstanding.”RhondaCoca

    If I am wrong and if Mr. Obama becomes president and is able to implement strong changes for the black community then I will be more than happy to admit that my suspicions were overblown and that other people had more faith than I. But until then, based on his current behavior and behavior that he has displayed throughout his campaign and through his actions as a Chicago politician, more people should be asking Mr. Obama tough questions about his black community affiliation.

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Monday, June 30, 2008 | Reply

  11. This is just my personal opinion: For as long as I’ve been a Christian, I’ve held Rev. Wright in very high regard. That has not, and will not change. I also heard him being interviewed by Bill Moyers. There was nothing that I found to be untoward. I, personally, felt badly when Senator Obama distanced himself from Rev. Wright.

    First of all, it was disturbing that people judged Rev. Wright on a few sermons without benefit of knowing the body of his work in ministry. It makes perfect sense to me the things he preaches…and no, I’m not African American. But I am a Christian and one that took part in the Civil Rights movement in Mississippi…many years ago. Most recently having returned back to the USA after almost 3 decades as a Humanitarian Aid Relief Coordinator & Educator for First Responders.

    Having entered numerous nations across four continents I’ve seen a lot. Many times I’ve wished I hadn’t witnessed so much, yet these are the very things my heart will never relinquish…Rev. Wright’s message is as fresh now, as it always has been…and not just for the USA…but worldwide.


    Comment by michelle2005 | Sunday, July 13, 2008 | Reply

  12. Thanks for the feedback michelle2005,

    I don’t have a problem with people being angry with Reverend Wright. Everybody’s entitled to their own opinion. But when people don’t even know why they’re angry, or they’re angry because they believe Reverend Wright is trying to sabotage the hopes of the black community, or they are angry because popular rhetoric tells them to be angry, then I have a problem. Few people take the time to understand the issues at hand. Most people are content to let someone tell them what to think and feel. Being so intellectually lazy we leave ourselves open to be manipulated by such distractions as to whether or not our leadership owns a lapel pin or not. It really is becoming a hopeless situation.


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Tuesday, July 15, 2008 | Reply

  13. In my view, when a sacred cow lobbies for another country, something is wrong. I think real leadership risks reelection to take it on. I recommend the following post on the blog:

    Comment by euandus2 | Tuesday, November 10, 2009 | Reply

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