Wow, I must say that I am taken a back by some of the Obama articles. Trust Black people to be the first to criticize before praise--we're so good at brining each other down, everyone else just need watch from the side. As a Kenyan-American myself, I guess I know I'm not African American (although I am in some sense), but darned if I don't walk into a store and get treated as such.
I'm just really sad, that there is so much pessimism and cynicism. What kind of knight in shining armor type Black Candidate are we looking for? Jesse Jackson? Al Sharpton? Colin Powell? Barack Obama is playing the game of politics to get elected. I really think he's gonna pull a "Spook Who Sat By the Door"--and yeah maybe he'll get shot as this sentences suggests:
"But what if Obama goes in, takes a seat, and starts to hear from those nagging Blacks, Latino/as, poor and working-class? What if he starts to buckle under that pressure like say Kennedy or Johnson before him? Then what? There won’t be a whole lot of love then."
I swear you guys at BC act like he's not a black man! Like he's a white guy with black face on. First of all, how many Black people do you know with white mothers and no relationship with the black father, who consider themselves black AND are embraced by the community? There's quite a few! But I guess it doesn't count when your father is African (???). Its like when I talk to black people about Obama (legitimate issues like his record aside) they say things that make me wonder if they'll ever recognize the "Real Black Presidential Candidate" when he appears? Not saying this is Barack, but I am just so, so sad, that this is the response from BC. I've been anxiously waiting for some Obama coverage since they have been on break: nothing but haterade. I'm actually more offended as a Kenyan American than as an Obama supporter. Ironically, their article on the recent Kenya elections is very good. Its amazing that people still have to pass the litmus test of "Are you Black Enough?".
This is issue is of importance to Afropolitans. Barack is an Afropolitan. He is partly of African descent, lived abroad and grew up in the States but has ties to Africa. But articles like the one above admonish him for being "a little different" but at the same time demand that he "represent our resistance" as the title suggests. You can't have it both ways. This exposes the general unease that Black people have with his candidacy for several reason. One of which I think is change, which funny enough, Obama is calling for.
- "a prophet is not without honor, save in his own country, and in his own house "- Matthew 13:57