Posted by bmac on March 17, 2008
I haven’t really commented on the whole Obama/Wright thing, because my opinion on it is, I guess, a little controversial, and I had to think about how to approach it without sounding like a racist. I don’t want to sit here and list all my non-racist credibility, I’ll just say I’m not a racist and leave it at that. If you think otherwise, there’s nothing I can do about it. It sucks that I feel I even have to qualify that, but it is what it is.
Here’s the controversial part:
Wrights views are not as “fringe” as the media would like you to believe.
In fact, his views are fairly common in the black community. Conspiracy theories run rampant. Everything from O.J. being framed, AIDS being manufactured to kill blacks, liquor stores being installed on every corner of the ghetto, the dis-proportionate number of black men in prison, every failure of the black community is routinely blamed on the white mans attempted genocide of blacks.
Wrights church, nor his views, are new or extreme. This is standard stuff in the ghetto, and beyond the ghetto to people like Barack Obama. Obama knew damn well what Wrights been saying for twenty years, and you better believe he believes a good portion of it. That’s just the way it is.
How do I know? I grew up in a black neighborhood, and attended mostly black and hispanic schools from 5th grade until graduation. I’ve heard this stuff my whole life. It’s not new to me.
If Obama pulls off a miracle and actually gets elected, nothing is gonna change. There’s no possible way he’ll be able to live up to what the black community is going to expect of him, and when he fails to do that, it will be consisdered another conspiracy, that he was either an Uncle Tom, or he was “installed” by the white man to make a fool of him. Race releations won’t be fixed, and we won’t suddenly be a united country where everybody’s colorblind, and anybody who thinks Obama is going to make that happen is naive and living in a bubble.
If anything, an Obama Presidency will pull the country further apart. Obama will be pulled in so many directions, and have to be everything to everybody, that he’ll be crushed under the weight, resulting in race relations being even worse by the time he leaves the mess of his first term.
Whites will also hang their hopes on Obama, so that they may feel released from the sins of their fathers, but they’ll be disappointed too, because he can’t give them that. No black President can give them that.
He is not the man, and this is not the time, and that’s just reality.