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“Ain’t Shit Changed”

Dude in the soul food joint was adamant about pointing out that while we have elected a Black president, “shit” remains unchanged. By shit, he was referring to the fact that President-Elect Barack Obama and his family weren’t able to move into the Blair House early because Bush and his cronies were hosting an imaginary dignitary which turned out to be the FORMER Prime Minister of Australia for ONE night. I mean damn. You get elected President of a country and you can’t even stay in your own guest house? That is some bullshit.

*I absolutely looooooooove Countdown.

While that is shitty, there is some other shit going on in this country. Particularly, the way Oakland police shot a young man who was handcuffed. When I read or hear about shit like this , I get sad. There was a time that I used to get angry and part of me still does but whenever a story like this comes up…I just get sad.

I can’t exactly explain why I get so sad, other than it makes me realize that no matter how far Black people have come, or will go, in this country there will still be those who don’t value our lives, and shit like this will continue to happen. I get sad because there are still Black people who die for no good reason in this country. I just can’t help but get sad.

*please forgive the overuse of the word “shit” but sometimes you gotta call a spade a spade, in this case, you have to call some shit…shit.

Where were you…?

44th President of the United States Barack H. Obama

44th President of the United States Barack H. Obama

…when history was made?

CNN is projecting that Senator Barack Obama has 297 electoral votes. He will be the next President of the United States of America.

Where were you?

I was sitting in my dorm room…trying to multitask as usual…twisting my hair, studying for a Latin exam and watching CNN.

Where were you?


Failing to Prepare is Preparing to Fail

I’m hip to John McCain’s game. Everyone else might have thought that slipping the ACORN issue into the debate was just another snipe at Senator Obama’s character but I know the deal. I’m talking about the following quote:

MCCAIN: Yes, real quick. Mr. Ayers, I don’t care about an old washed-up terrorist. But as Senator Clinton said in her debates with you, we need to know the full extent of that relationship.

We need to know the full extent of Senator Obama’s relationship with ACORN, who is now on the verge of maybe perpetrating one of the greatest frauds in voter history in this country, maybe destroying the fabric of democracy. The same front outfit organization that your campaign gave $832,000 for “lighting and site selection.” So all of these things need to be examined, of course.

Preparation is key. Slipping the ACORN statement into the debate was just preparation for November 5th. When the votes are counted and all is said John McCain will blame it all on ACORN. This was his attempt at planting the seed of dissension. Because if Senator Obama becomes president….it’s because ACORN pulled off the biggest sham in the history of American voter history (forget those Grandfather Clauses implemented in the Southern United States in the 1890s to disfranchise Blacks and poor Whites…that’s child’s play).

Of course they need to be examined Senator McCain…of course.


The Keeping It Real Award Goes To…

(Drum Roll)…

Bob Schieffer

The Keeping It Real Award of the Third 2008 Presidential Debate goes to moderater Bob Schieffer for this question:

SCHIEFFER: All right. We’re going to move to another question and the topic is leadership in this campaign. Both of you pledged to take the high road in this campaign yet it has turned very nasty.

SCHIEFFER: Senator Obama, your campaign has used words like “erratic,” “out of touch,” “lie,” “angry,” “losing his bearings” to describe Senator McCain.

Senator McCain, your commercials have included words like “disrespectful,” “dangerous,” “dishonorable,” “he lied.” Your running mate said he “palled around with terrorists.”

Are each of you tonight willing to sit at this table and say to each other’s face what your campaigns and the people in your campaigns have said about each other?

And, Senator McCain, you’re first.

To summarize, Bob Schieffer dared the candidates to “Say it to his face”.

That’s instigating.

That’s keeping it real.


Politics: Issues or Lifestyle?

Bill Bishop was on the Daily Show discussing the fact that politics is no longer about issues, but about lifestyle. Basically, the point is that we focus more on which politicians live a lifestyle that we approve or can relate to rather than their stance on the issues. This, I think, is reflected in Senator Obama’s wide appeal.

Barack Obama Covers Vibe Magazine

Barack Obama Covers Vibe Magazine

Truthfully, I agree with Mos Def, Barack Obama appeals to Americans’ sense of vanity in a way that we aren’t ready to admit. The President is the face of the country and Americans want a handsome man for the job. While I think this is true, I won’t say that people don’t focus on the issues. Especially not now, with this “mental recession“. People want to be sure that we’re going to be okay.

If the American public didn’t focus on lifestyle, things like McCain’s age, his brush with skin cancer, and his wife’s struggle with pain killers wouldn’t be in the news. It is, I think, pertinent to focus on these kinds of things because it points to personal struggles and how people react to their struggles and allows us to gauge how they would react to our struggles. I’m not sure if this is fair to the candidates but I think that people deserve to know and understand “their” politicians.


When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong: Jesse Jackson

I know this topic has been worn out as of late but I’m just now finding the time to get around to it. The Good Reverend Jesse Jackson apparently had some not-so-Christian things to say about Senator Barack Obama.

I don’t care that it was supposed to be a private conversation. Jesse Jackson is the last person that needs to be talking about cutting somebody’s nuts off. Barack Obama’s Father’s Day speech talked about parental responsibilities. I hope Jesse Jackson took notes. He’s the guy that was paying off his baby’s mother with money from his organization. I’d expect him to be a little more humble about these matters especially since the child’s mother claimed that Jesse Jackson hardly spent time with his child. My grandfather always said people can’t take the truth when it pertains to their wrong doings. Perhaps Jesse Jackson is feeling a little attacked on that high horse.

And I don’t know what he expected from bottom-feeding Fox News.


Baby Mama Drama???

The 2008 election has been very distasteful as far as media coverage is concerned. From the way they have discussed Hilary Clinton to the way that Michelle Obama has been treated. First there was the whole mess about her finally being proud of America then there was supposedly a tape about some “whitey” rant and now Fox News has dubbed her “Obama’s Baby Mama”. I am not a fan of Fox News or their sensationalist brand of journalism. I read about it from the Pittsburgh Courier when doing my biweekly scan of Black newspapers online. Why would anyone even think that it was acceptable to refer to Michelle Obama as anyone’s “baby mama”? It’s disrespectful. She is Barack Obama’s wife and to suggest otherwise is poor judgment and poorer journalism. I wonder if I should even be surprised. I hope more than a weak ass apology comes from this. The clip is below.

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