Professor Michael Eric Dyson speaks on a topic that I’ve heard so many people bring up as of late. I hear people ask, When will Barack Obama focus on ‘Black’ issues? Why hasn’t he gotten to US? Where’s our check? To this I say (in the best possible way)….. why? What has really changed except a new face with an odd name?
Whether it’s on CNN or Fox, the resolve in politics always centers around race. We focus on Obama being the Great ‘Bi-Racial Hope’ but the bottom line of it is we are all much too comfortable and spend too much time focused on the trifles of a world that has us engrossed in all the wrong things (for the right reasons) and so we can’t even hold a candle to the movements of yesterday.
“Don’t mistake cultural pride for political accountability….some people think that Obama is Martin Luther King, JR. Excuse me!? Martin Luther King shed blood in Memphis…. from that blood… sprouted every ability of Black people in a post king era to survive” -Michael Eric Dyson
No where in the world can a country be so boggled down in debt, financial destruction, and moral impotence be found but in the United States. That’s not a anti-American talking that’s strictly patriotic voice of a woman who authentically traces her roots to those who were slaves. We’re not just a melting pot of citizens who belong to a one nation under God, it’s a bit more complex than that. And so race is relevant, yes but by how much if no one wants to do anything about it?
When I see images like this:
I don’t understand them but so much. Never once did I get the impression that the dream was solely to have a Black man elected to Presidency. Because while a few of us are in a ‘good position’ many of us are not. And while it was a proud moment in history it doesn’t mean we can hang up the towel. But alas, we have. We’ve gotten juuuust enough to keep us content and besides… that’s what we wanted right? :-/
I respect Michael Eric Dyson and his work within academia as well as the community. He’s well respect and extremely eloquent man who I admire. I do feel however that these public rants about how Obama does nothing for the Black community, does NOTHING for the Black community. And while I beg to differ on this viewpoint, I often reflect on whether if President Obama did, would we even be receptive to receive it? ‘Obama-care‘ has been coined as such because ultimately, it will ensure the millions of minorities (including myself thank you kindly) who do not have access to healthcare. First Lady Obama has even attempted to get our nations children on the right track but alas it gets not love from Tea Partyers and a nice portion Americans of Color who don’t even know what the politics pundits are saying because Basketball wives are on and Twitter is “poppin’ “.
While it is true, fundamentally, America is built up a system of oppression (whether you want to believe its white supremacy, or not) we are remissed in talking about because most everyone reading this (no, EVERYone reading this) is comfortable enough to get by; but it exist. But it’s the basic legislation that can’t get passed, or the funding that gets cut because a special interest group says its un-American, or even a subtly shift in the way people think about Obama’s leadership conveniently before re-election season.
Mr. Obama isn’t just a figure-head to the Black community but he has been ‘allowed’ to lead the free world; set in place to organize the agenda of the American empire. Despite this he isn’t omnipotent. The power is always in the people, it’s just a matter of getting the masses of people to believe it. And today, I’d argue that not one of us in the streets major cities like New York, Philly, or Atlanta lack leadership but we’ve got too much to lose.