As most every knows by know who is a regular reader of this blog that I’m staying with a host family for the summer while I do my internship. Well, tonight, Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008 was the night that one of their daughters had her graduation party.
June 3rd, 2008 was also the night that that good ol’ Senator from Illinois with a funny name, Barack Obama effectively became the first African American party nominee for the President of the United States of America.
Yes, Michelle Obama might actually be First Lady.
Well, per my comments on various blogs that are listed on my blogroll such as Averagebro and theRoot and my all-time favorite The Black Snob (who effectively introduced me to the black blogosphere as I know it! :-)) I’ve been in a weird place as far as how I feel about race relations in this country. I mean, the clip of this irate woman from Manhattan at the Democratic Party credentials committee meeting earlier this week kind of told the story for me that yet again, we have a long way to go. But, it just seems that I’ve been saying the same thing in my blogs for a while, and then something else happens that just totally adds fuel to the fire.
A few people say I flip-flop as far as my position; usually my blogs amount to thesis, antithesis and then synthesis for those who are wondering. But it appears that my synthesis is usually a voice crying out in the wilderness. There are those out there, don’t get me wrong, that generally call for a more balanced and INTELLECTUAL dissection of all things racial, political and religious.
All of that being said, aside from the small, but very real fear of an assasination (yes, I’m serious about that), I’m just TOTALLY baffled by our political system. The following issues I have I do hope to flesh out into following blogs that will ensue for the rest of the week.
Seriously, I have grown a bit apathetic about race relations in our country as a result of of recent events centered around this race. Barack Obama was right about folks being “bitter.” Perhaps he was wrong about who was bitter and perhaps what they were bitter about, but when I watch people like Harriet Christian in the clip above, hell, Fr. Michael Pfleger was pretty close to being dead-on about Hillary Clinton having this sense of entitlement. You’d be very hard pressed to tell me that Miss Christian, who I actually feel sorry for, because I wish she’d just let go of whatever it is that’s she’s dealing with, wasn’t bitter about what was happening to her candidate.
And then I went on The Root today and the one main article “The Return of Real White People” and I couldn’t agree with DeWitt’s article more, that it’s the same incident’s such as the picture of the Rebel flag with the adage “Don’t Forget Your Roots” flying behind it at the Darlington International Speedway in May of last year that make a Rev. Jeremiah Wright sound less and less crazy to the wider public.
I haven’t figured out yet how black people have turned so RABIDLY against Hillary Clinton. I guess you can call me a Clinton apologist, who supports Obama. I don’t know if it was because I just chalked ALL of her comments about “real white” voters when campaigning in Kentucky and West Virginia to just politics or was it the fact that Obama’s luster dulled quite a bit for me after he distanced himself not just from Rev. Wright, but more importantly the major and earth-shattering racial issues that Rev. Wright had brought up in the short three days surrounding his PBS interview, his NAACP and National Press Club appearance. I mean, I’ve seen my fellow bloggers get NAKED on their feelings about Sis. Clinton.
Among my favorite are:
- “Ice Queen” thanks to The Field Negro (and I just have an image of the White Witch from the Chronicles of Narnia and I think it’s an interesting juxtaposition of traditional thought concerning things that are “white,” lol)
- “Queen of Darkness” thanks to Raving Black Lunatic’s blog.
If you have any names for Hillary you’d like to add, feel free to post in the comments section!!!
I’d also like to explore this whole thing about sexism versus that of racism. We need to remember that historically white women were not for the uniting of the races over that of themselves. Just ask Elizabeth Cady Stanton. It was no secret that her and Frederick Douglass parted ways over that issue. I will be among the last to say that Hillary got a fair shake, despite her being a woman, simply because I can identify with being a minority in a majority situation. However, those using the argument that reporters are referring to her as Hillary over that of “Senator Obama” or deferring to his last name over that of Hillary are barking up the wrong tree. She herself uses (or is it used now, last I heard she’s still campaigning, go figure) campaign signs that say “Hillary.”
Finally I’d like to see what’s up with the fact that Obama can’t win these primaries and these swing states. Granted he played the nominating game which was really about delegate counts and personally, I believe he won fair and square.
[And I’m going to take this moment to go down a rabbit-hole and say that Florida and Michigan DID NOT follow the rules and by seating those delegates negated the fact the 48 other states plus the other territories followed the rules. And yes, Clinton somewhat showed her Queen of Darkness powers through Harrold Ickes by threatening to challenge the credentials committee at the convention in Denver. I mean, hell, she agreed back in January when she seemed entitled and favored and poised to win this whole thing that Michigan and Florida should NOT count. Oh, but once her dream slipped away (just imagine the Fr. Pfleger demonstration) she started hollering and pueling like a little baby. Anyway, off that soapbox, back to our regularly scheduled programming.]
I’m not sure if it was the Rev. Wright factor which came up interestingly around the time of the Ohio and Pennsylvania primaries and what seemed like a pretty decent primary season SUDDENLY turned bad for both candidates. Or was it the fact that Obama, for whatever shortcomings of his, is un-electable on the mere basis that he just can’t connect with them. Or, is the disconnectedness really a result of race….who knows.
Since, I missed this historic night, I’m watching Obama’s speech as I type this on FoxNews (yes the enemy, but they are the only one’s I’ve found replaying the whole speech and I am interested to hear with the turd Juan Williams has to say.)
But, as most of the black blogosphere has went into overdrive typing up their expectations and apprehensions for Bro. Obama, and their seething hatred for that which is called Clinton, first name Hillary, second name Bill; as the conservative blogosphere hammers out stories masking their own racial prejudices and using “history as a wedge and patriotism as a bludgeon…enemies to polarize” (wow, look at God, a direct quote from Obama mid-speech!!!!!) and perhaps as hospitals see a slight spike in heart attacks, strokes and other stress related symptoms in certain parts of Appalachia as those citizens learn of Obama’s presumptive nomination, I honestly do believe that this is in fact the Lord’s doing and it is most certainly precious in the Lord’s sight!
Make sure to leave possible names for Hillary Clinton so that I may add them to the list.
Keep it uppity and keep it truthfully radical, JLL