by Seattle Washington
There are a lot of high hopes already held for the Democratic Presidential candidate, Barack Obama. Probably more than Jesus had when he touched down. If/when Obama gets elected, it’s said a wave of change will come in, reversing the many mistakes that have been made in the last eight years all while setting the country on a better path. And that’s just the political side. Many Black Americans are looking for him to save Black America too. To lead us all to the proverbial promise land that we should’ve found years ago. To fill the void that Jesse and Al tried so desperately, and ineffectively, to plug up since Malcolm and Martin were taken from us. And that’s where things get a little shaky for me.
Leader of the Free World. Not the Black World.
Yes, he’s Black. We claimed him instantly and, even better, he’s claimed us. Take that Tiger. But, last I checked Obama was running for President of the United States. In case you haven’t been paying attention for the past 232 years, saving Black folk isn’t in the job description. I hate to break it to you, but he isn’t going to free the incarcerated brothers that have been wronged, stop drug sales in the hood and legalize weed. On second thought, he might do one of those… Now, I don’t think Katrina Pt.2 will happen under his jurisdiction, but c’mon give the man a break. Even MLK Jr. had more than four years to help us get our stuff together.
“You People Have No More Excuses”
Yeah, you know it’s going to get said when he’s elected President. A lot. If he does well at his job, whew. Lord knows. Funny thing is, it won’t just be White supremacists and Fox News shouting it from the rafters. I bet you some Black folks will start co-signing too. “He made it, why can’t the rest of you guys?” Possibly true. If one man can live the American Dream, and even help mold what that dream means, then another should be able to follow suit. However, poverty, easier paths like crime, teenage pregnancies and a poor education (I could go on) will still plague the inner cities of America. Until we cut off the root, you still will see some weeds in that garden. Obama will have it in his power to get at a crucial cause though. …Ahem, a wrecked public school system…
Obama Loves the Kids
People have already begun to say that he will positively affect the little bastards minority kids in school. A face that looks like them running the country will surely be an inspiration to them all. Letting them know that anyone can do it. In my opinion, Bush should’ve let them know that. If his slow ass can be president, surely a third grader with a solid knowledge of the alphabet and basic math can. Seriously though, I’m not sure how much effect he will have on these kids. I’m sure Obama on ABC, NBC and CBS will help but, can that counter every other Black male stereotype they see on MTV and Bamboozled Entertainment Television? Only time will tell.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s great that we could have a Black President. Shoot, it’s great to even have a Black candidate that’s taken seriously. But, if/when he takes the office, he will be left with a bag of sh*t that he has to immediately turn into gold. Let’s not get upset if he doesn’t happen lead us to the land of milk and honey as well. After all, it’s not his job. It’s ours.
Seattle Washington aka RightCoastLexSteele’s Campaign Manager