Sorry but Obama is an American with a white mother and African father who happens to be Black . . .
by lovingj, Sat May 12, 2007 at 05:31:21 PM EDT
It is not racist to point out that Obama is black or to reference that as FACT. However, it does carry a hint of racism to assume that every elective accomplishment Obama had was the result of his race.
I would like to address a topic that is dear to my heart and was recently the topic of criticism by a fellow mydd diarist. I would like to talk about Obama's "all things black" disease bestowed upon him by the MSM, Al Sharpton, some in the black community, non-black liberal skeptics, the liberal establishment and even some of our fellow peers in the netroots.
No one is fascinated with the idea of simply electing a black president and that includes members of the black community. We all understand that the majority of the American population is predominantly white and an unfortunate side effect of that is a tendency to elect officials who look like yourself. This extends into every facet of life where there is a single race that predominantly makes up that facet.
Take for example rap music and golfing. Rap music is a predominantly black art form while golfing is populated by predominantly caucasian players. However, one of the most talented and high selling rappers is white (Eminem) and one of the best golfers to come along in a long while is black (Tiger Woods). I doubt that rap, which has been particularly harsh to white rappers until the eminem era, was looking to just buy a white rapper album. Blacks recognize he was white but they also recognize that he was extremely talented and spoke in such a way that gave his music an inclusive feel that both blacks and whites could enjoy.
Tiger Woods is another classic example of someone who did not get to where he was because he was black. We recognize his accomplishment considerably since there has never been a black to do it before him. However, Tigers lucrative endorsements is the result of extremely hard work and talent that both blacks and whites recognize.
Barack Obama is a great candidate who happens to be black and not a Black candidate who happens to be great. You may ask well what is the distinction. The idea is that our America did not go searching every Black citizen to find a Black candidate qualified for the presidency. During the 2004 democratic national convention, America stumbled upon an unknown state senator who gave a riveting speech that shook the core of our democracy. After the total domination of conservative values that followed Jimmy Carter's defeat, this single 2004 speech reignited the democratic soul that was thought to be buried under Ronald Reagan's legacy. This speech sparked a longing for the kind of vision America wants from its next president. The candidate that emerged from that longing happens to be Barack Obama who just happens to be Black.
When I listen to Obama during the 2004 DNC, I heard an inspiring AMERICAN presidential contender. When I listen to Obama's 2002 Iraq war analysis, I heard an analytically thoughtful state senator who would make a great AMERICAN president. When I listen to Obama debate Alan Keyes on the merits of pro choice, I heard an upcoming US senator who could cloak democratic values into the fabric of mainstream arguments and thought to myself, "gosh he would make a great AMERICAN president."
Obama is not a light weight, empty suit, substance lacker, magic negro, halfrican, empty rhetoric, dumbo looking, black enough, white enough, general platitudes spoutin', stand for nothing, bipartisan compromiser that the MSM, non-Black liberal elitists, and some of the netroots blogging community try to make him out to be. We only recognize that he is Black because of this.
Ultimately, when we as a people stop looking at the black book on the shelf as unreadable material do we then find that the contents of the book makes for great reading.
I just finished my last one and it was entitled, The Barack Obama presidency.