Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Black is Good Enough For Me
What is it with "educated" black folks who support Obama's presidential bid feeling the need to constantly follow-up every positive thing they say about dude with... "And I'm not voting for him just because he's black!"
Uh... I am.
In this country, with it's history-- why ain't I entitled to vote for a presidential candidate just because he's black? I'd be a damn fool NOT TO. Let's get real people.
I was watching Lou Dobbs Tonight yesterday and he had four black commentators on there discussing the role race is playing in the democratic race...blah, blah, bullshit. But the overwhelming plot line to the babbling was that black people were voting for Obama, not because he's black, but because he's the "best man for the job!" The underlying point behind this declaration is that black people really do have the intelligence to skillfully dissect the "real issues" at hand and use their analysis and informed judgment to make a voting decision. Basically, we're still trying to prove our intelligence to white folks.
Well, here's a reality check people-- voting for Obama just because he's black, is in actuality, the intelligent thing to do. Is Hilary, John, or any of the republicans going to really be as innately connected to the black experience and the things that need to happen politically for black people to get ahead in society as Obama-- a black man? The answer is, no. And explanations aside, I'd much rather look at Obama sitting in the oval office than any one of those other white folks running.
Does that make me simple? If so, I don't give a hot damn.
After Lou Dobbs went off, the next show did some segment where they were interviewing executives from the automotive industry. One was a black woman, the other a white man. Towards the end of the segment, the host asked them which candidate they thought would be best to help the plight of their industry. The black woman literally began stammering and stuttering. You could tell she was thinking if she said Obama, she would be falling into exactly what the white host and her white counterpart thought she would say, and that would somehow make her appear less intelligent. In the end, she chose not to answer at all, saying she couldn't make a decision at this time. Next, the question fell to the white executive. Quick as a wink dude blurted out, "Mitt Romney!"-- and quite proudly I might add.
Black folks, get with the program. There's nothing wrong with voting for Obama just because he's black. If you need more incentive, know that white people have been doing it since the beginning of time. Just watch American Idol.
So the next time someone asks you why you're voting for Obama, cut the bullshit and say it loud: "CUZ HE'S BLACK, SUCKAAAAS!!!"