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Sunday, June 1, 2008

Are Black Voters Taking It Easy on Obama Because He is Black?

Are Black Voters Taking It Easy on Obama Because He is Black? Is Barack Obama getting a pass by black voters? Should black folks be asking Obama about crime, the wars, international issues? gentrification and other important issues and how he plans to address them? Should Obama be asked to commit to issues that are important to black communities and all of America or should we just allow him to make the same points as the other Democratic and Republican candidates? Is Glen Ford (and others) on point when they address issues regarding Barack , Glen Fordvs Black Self-Determination? Or is a brother like Glen Ford just another brother with a sharp mind attacking Obama?

Obama-ism — a thoroughly corporate political concoction soaked with banalities and wrapped in fraudulent brown packaging — presents a clear and present danger to perhaps the greatest legacy of the Black Freedom Movement: African Americans’ embrace of their right to self-determination. Although African American yearnings for self-determination are evident in all previous eras, the general and dramatic emergence of this fundamental understanding among Blacks of their distinct “peoplehood” and inherent right to shape their own collective destiny, free of veto by or need for validation from dominant whites, marks the Sixties as a transformational period in African American history.

Barack Obama, whose disdain for what he calls the “excesses of the 1960s and 1970s” is palpable, seeks to eradicate all vestiges of Black self-determination, root and branch. The Senator has never made a secret of his intentions, dating from his 2004 Democratic National Convention declaration that “there is no Black America,” to his categorical rejection of the Black counter-narrative of American history, as preached by Rev. Jeremiah Wright and understood by most African Americans.

Obama has revealed himself as a rabid nationalist of the standard, white America variety. “I categorically denounce any statement that disparages our great country,” says Obama — which pretty much says it all. The candidate has repeatedly telegraphed his contempt for any worldview that fails to glorify the U.S. rise to global dominance — a ritual that collides instantly with truth as it actually exists, with history as Black people have known it, and with Black aspirations to make their own way in the world unencumbered by the burden of white lies. Obama promises that he will oppose, with all the powers of his office, those who, like Rev. Wright, “use incendiary language to express views that have the potential not only to widen the racial divide, but views that denigrate both the greatness and the goodness of our nation; that rightly offend white and black alike.” (Philadelphia “Race” speech, March 18.)

If Obama were already president, dissidents would have cause to shop for a safehouse or foreign getaway.

Victims as Perpetrators

Clearly, if the United States is inherently good, then Black people and Native Americans must have done something catastrophically wrong to bring down upon themselves such suffering at the hands of the U.S. government - not to mention the sins committed by Vietnamese, Nicaraguans, Angolans and all the other peoples that have gotten in the way of white American Manifest Destiny.

President Obama will wage war against the heresies of deviant worldviews that dare to question America’s moral superiority - as exemplified by Rev. Wright’s “profoundly distorted view of this country — a view that sees white racism as endemic, and that elevates what is wrong with America above all that we know is right with America.”

So, are Black Voters Taking It Easy on Obama Because He is Black?
Is brother Glen Ford on point? Or is he just hating on Obama? Read more of his interesting article HERE.

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