Obamawatch 2008! Continues
I placed this one in the category of Musings from the Classroom because inherently, my inspiration for this one came from me standing around after class and surrounding myself in the company of more of my enlightened colleagues
As the Baptists conventions of this country meet here in Atlanta, some of the past graduate students found themselves on ITC’s campus today. It was wonderful to hear these pastors speak with great jubilation about Sen. Barack Obama’s win in South Carolina and his historic run for the presidency. As these pastors of churches in South Carolina and Georgia and Alabama speak of the Super Duper Tuesday primaries standing outside in the darkening and windy air, they spoke with much hope and anticipation about Obama’s candidacy.
Even though I’m not always one to jump and play the race card, I believe I’m about to right now, so be prepared.
As much as I appreciated the words of Toni Morrison likening Bill Clinton to a black man in the United States, I believe that we still need to realize that Bill Clinton and Hill’ry are white. Frankly, I’m glad that I was able to watch Mayor Shirley Franklin of Atlanta say on FoxNews on King Day of this year that “it is not a fairy tale” that Sen. Barack Obama is running for the presidency. Now I’m not saying that either of these candidates has uniquely played the race card, but what I am saying is that in this country, race has become such a taboo subject that people are afraid to call it as they see it—even black people.
As I delve deeper into the color line that is painfully evident in these monochromatic proceedings concerning our government at the higher level, I can’t help but wonder, what is it about this black populace in these United States that makes them align themselves with a white woman over that of a black man? (Now, for the women that read this, I’d be very interested to hear your take on it.) But to the black men that support Hill’ry, I’m very interested in what is it that makes you identify yourself with the morals, ideals and philosophy of a white woman over that of a black man who has had much more similar struggles to us than Hillary Rodham did or even Hillary Rodham-Clinton EVER did.
I mean, lets deal with this for a while.
The white woman has been this ideal of many things in the face of a white predominant society. They are still the epitome of beauty. And white womanhood stands at the zenith of what women should struggle to be. Relative to black men, white women are what black men want over a “strong sistah” who will create too much “baby mama drama.” Even more so, white women supposedly engage in the more lascivious sexual acts, those which a black woman may not. White women have been this “untouchable item”; always out of reach of the black man, and I wonder for those black men who support Hill’ry, what is making them do so.
To black womanhood, those who suffer from WWS (White Woman Syndrome), as one of my high school teachers so eloquently stated, white womanhood is the diametrical opposition to their nature. If one were to create a list, I daresay that the majority of attributes given to one would stand in opposition to the other. Granted that’s the stereotypical assumption, but there are exceptions to the rule of course. But again, here, I wonder why would black women align themselves with Hill’ry when everything about white womanhood many black women have fought against. I’ve seen many of my contemporary black women fight against the indoctrination of how to wear their hair. We have bought hook, line and sinker this model of the perm that was capitalized upon by Madame C.J. Walker in an attempt to assimilate into the white woman’s status of what is beautiful! I’ve seen black women stare in the face of white womanhood, trying to make black men see them as beautiful just the way God created them–and then many of them too have run into the camp of Hill’ry, joining forces and ingesting the rhetorical remedy of Billary’s words, allowing many black women to succumb to the insanity that is WWS.
One of the preachers standing outside who has a congregation in Montgomery, Alabama told me that he couldn’t understand the ignorance of some his parishioners. He said, how could his parishioners advocate to their children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren to be pro-black and to follow their dreams, but meanwhile support a white woman? Black people across this country have harped and screamed and cried and prayed and done everything condemning black men for not standing up, for not doing this, that AND the other. But now, when we have a black man, running for president, who has decidedly pro-black values and is a family man, with a BLACK WIFE (that’s a whole other blog post in itself) and the closest dirt they can find on him is his ties to Tony Rezko, a fundraiser for which Obama has apologized and given the money back and his ambition of wanting to be president in kindergarten, then we want to vote for Hill’ry because “the Clintons have been good teh’ rus.”
So, suffice it to say, I’m glad to hear older black men, who have pulpits endorsing the black male candidate for the presidency. It did my heart quite well; it was quite an encouragement to let me know that some of us are in fact heading in the right direction.
[added after original post time: I'm still confused, and I feel the need to flesh out my confusiong in this blog rather than write a new one. How is that we as African American people have taught our young kids that they can be whatever they want and African Americans have always dreamt of the day when an African American can be president, but when the opportunity arises we act as if we don't want it.]
Keep it uppity, JLL