This blog was partially inspired by some other recent blogs
that I have read.
I’ve always found the constant cries of “messiah,”
“celebrity,” “savior,” etc. to be both amusing and
annoying. First, it’s insulting in that it implies that
everyone who voted for him was just stupid. We
didn’t know what we were doing, didn’t really think
about it, we just heard some nice speeches and
said “Yep, he’s the one!” Like it was an American
Idol contest or something.
And it was amusing how the opposition tried to act
as if the fact that he could draw huge crowds,
throughout this country and foreign countries, was a
bad thing. Being an inspiring figure is not good, for
some reason. How dare he fill out an entire football
stadium for his acceptance speech? One pundit
actually pointed out that “Hitler used to draw huge crowds
It was classic jealousy, really. With all due respect to
Sen. McCain, whom I admire (& voted for in 2000 primaries),
he wished he could get that many people to come hear
him speak. But the reaction reminded me of a teenage girl
who didn’t get asked to the school dance. So she sits home
crying, and saying “Well, I didn’t want to go to that stupid
Right, keep telling yourself that, sweetie, if it makes you
Then there’s the ironic fact that once Gov. Palin joined the
ticket, she was immediately treated like a celebrity, by the
Republicans, despite the fact that they didn’t know anything
about her, other than that she was “hot” and had a
bunch of cute little kiddies.
I heard Rush Limbaugh the day after her RNC speech,
gushing about her. It sounded like he was broadcasting
with one hand down his pants.
Nevertheless, that’s all over now, and the real work
begins. Which brings me to the point of this blog.
For those reading this whom are old enough to remember
back in the late 1980’s/early 90’s, I was one of those young
Black teenagers that you used to see walking around in a
Malcolm X t-shirt, and caps, and X’s or African medallions
around their necks. But the thing is, unlike many, if not most,
of those young men, it wasn’t just a trendy fashion statement
for me. I really admired the man, and made it a point to learn
as much about him as I could. I must’ve read over a dozen
books about him, & bought video & audio tapes of his speeches
& interviews. When the Spike Lee movie came out, I took
my (White) girlfriend to see it on opening weekend. I had some
friends who smoked weed, and drank alcohol, but I never
touched the stuff, because Malcolm X preached against that.
I’d like to see that attitude regarding Pres. Obama. If you
say that he inspires you, prove it. Turn that adulation into
motivation. To the young Black men who say that he gives
them hope for their future, it’s not enough to just put on a
T-shirt with his picture, or the phrase “My President is Black”
on it. If you’re still wearing baggy pants with your underwear
showing, then don’t even bother wearing the t-shirt. You think
Pres. Obama is “cool,” well, notice how he’s highly educated,
and speaks proper English? Try it, sometime. Put down the malt
liquor & chicken wings, and pick up some books. Y’know what
There are rappers with songs out now about Pres. Obama.
That’s nice, but what about your next song? If it’s just going
to be the same “money/guns/b****es” crap that
you were rapping about before, then that was a waste of
In one of the above blogs, there’s an article talking about
how many Blacks like that the Obama’s are an image of a
positive Black family.
You want to see more positive Black families? Then create
one! Let’s stop accepting the “Baby Mama/Baby
Daddy” dynamic as normal. Yes, those Special Edition
Commemorative Plates with Pres. Obama’s face on them would
look very nice on your table, but how about saving that money
to spend on an engagement ring, or pay for a
And can we finally disown the N-Word, once & for all?
Just stop using it, no matter what color you are, under
ANY circumstances. Please.
And I know this is coming of very Black-centered, but this
applies to everyone else, too. It wasn’t just Black folks that
put in him in office. He’s talked about encouraging a new spirit
of public service, and got huge applause for it. Well, all of y’all
who cheered for him, did you really mean it? He’s just one
man, he can’t do it all by himself. As he said, “WE are the change
we’ve been waiting for.
This was one of the most expensive Presidential campaigns in history. Pres. Obama himself raised almost $750 million dollars. Think about
that. To all of the people who gave him money (not to mention the millions who gave to Senators McCain and Clinton during the year), I’m sure there are schools, parks, hospitals/free clinics, community centers, and other places in your own neighborhood that could
also use some money. How about donating some money and/or
time to them?
In the immortal words of Michael Jackson “If you want to
make the world a better place, take a look @ yourself, and
then make a CHANGE.”