Per The Black Snob’s list perhaps the “under the bus” phrase is over-used, however, I believe the metaphor makes sense: Today we saw the clash of two uppity Negroes, members of the black elite have a bitter divorce on television.
I’ll always remember the day, April 29th when in the middle of my Healing Miracles oral final exam when my friend sent me the text message that sealed the divorce between Sen. Barack Obama and Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. I figured it was going to come either today or tomorrow pending whether or not Wright had made another public appearance or not. Whatever the situation, I felt that this time Obama was going to do what was politically expedient.
This is where I have aught with Senator Obama, and not Rev. Wright.
To this uppity Negro, it seemed as though Wright had mentally divorced Obama with the first race speech Obama gave back in March. This thereby freed him to have the National Press Club press conference and be the flippant individual that he can often be without consequence. Frankly, I was on his side because I got past the grandstanding that is Jeremiah Wright and I listened to the words that he had to say and listened to the issues that he was bringing to the table. Personally, I think the flippant comment that he asked the young woman reading the questions “Did you hear the whole sermon?…No? Then that nullifies the whole question” was brilliant. How DARE someone have the audacity to pose a question out of context. The fact that we live in a society that operates off of soundbytes screams in the face of truth and fairness–we’re operating on half-truths, which in turn on half-lies!
Well, what is my aught with Obama? It’s plain and simple: he’s refusing to be true to himself.
Frankly, I don’t care if John McCain or Hillary Clinton became president as a result of all this, I really don’t; there are far greater issues than the presidency at stake here as far as I’m concerned. If Obama had denounced Rev. Wright again, but somehow been able to deal with the issues that Rev. Wright had brought up as far as “different not meaning deficient” and the issues of “the Black Church” then perhaps he would have lost Indiana and North Carolina proving him ultimately un-electable. But for me, as long as those issues had been brought to the forefront of the American conscious I would have said “Job well done Senator.”
Need black America remember that for some reason Obama did not feel it necessary to go to Memphis to celebrate the death (did I just type “celebrate the death” –wow, we really are messed up in this country) of Martin Luther King on April 4th, 2008 even while John McCain stood and gave a speech in the pouring Memphis rain amidst boos from a mostly black crowd?
(I should be real mean and bring this up, shouldn’t I? *laughs maniacally*)
The fact that Tavis Smiley is sitting somewhere saying “I told you so” along with Dr. Cornell West, because Obama didn’t attend the State of the Black Union. And to this point, yes I sided with Obama as far as a legitimate reason for not going, however, I defended Tavis as well by saying Tavis was well within his rights to criticize Obama for not attending.
The ultimate question on my mind and I’m sure many other blacks in this country is this: When the next racial flare-up happens (as is sure to happen, I mean, this is the United States) will Obama pander because he’s not the president of the United States of Black America, but rather the president of the United States of America including everyone?
Frankly, I’m going out on a limb and saying this guy can’t be trusted in the black community.
So, yes, it is a very sad day for the Uppity Negro Network and many other uppity Negroes across this country and abroad, as the UNN now officially ends Obamawatch! 2008 on April 29th, 2008 approximately at 9PM EDT, as this Network now is officially throwing Barack Obama under the bus, as The Black Snob suggested “shoved into the subway” or just be toally black about it and “pull a driveby” on his ass! This reeks of politics as usual for those of us in the black community: white politicians and blacks who affectionately call Uncle Tom’s essentially grabbing us by the wrist and bending over to us saying “Naughty, naughty, naughty! I ought to wash out your mouth with soap for saying that!” and then giving us a swat on the backside, sending us back to our crib.
can someone PLEASE do a political cartoon of that!
I think Obama could truly take a lesson from Jeremiah Wright: be true to God and to himself, and no one else; not a Congress, not the white middle-class voters of Indiana, nor even the black community. If his being true to himself happens to lie within one of those contexts, then so be it.
Clearly Jeremiah Wright has no problems speaking on his convictions and neither should Sen. Barack Obama.
Keep it uppity, and keep it radically true, JLL