Thursday, March 20, 2008

Dear Black People, Your Anger is Killing Us, It Turns to Rage and Poisons the Babies. I Love you. You are Mine - Senator Obama


Apparently, I can't catch Bronchitis in an election year.

I went to sleep with a 101 fever on Tuesday, and woke up a day
later and Obama apparently went TRUTH and RECONCILIATION
on us.

and addressed the divisiveness of Affirmative Action in an election
year speech.

And this helps explain, perhaps, my relationship with Reverend Wright. As imperfect as he may be, he has been like family to me. He strengthened my faith, officiated my wedding, and baptized my children. Not once in my conversations with him have I heard him talk about any ethnic group in derogatory terms, or treat whites with whom he interacted with anything but courtesy and respect. He contains within him the contradictions - the good and the bad - of the community that he has served diligently for so many years. I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother - a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe. These people are a part of me. And they are a part of America, this country that I love.


Its so funny. Ironic even. At Glide on Sunday, where you hug
person next to you at the begining of service, I swear I
hugged this dude that smelled like
not ONE but two cans
of OLD E.
I was like, errr, what part of the game was that?
Then I had to remind myself that THIS IS part the reason why
I come
here. Less Pretentiousness More Acceptance.
There are all kinds of people in the congregation.
From the Lawyer mommas
to the Baby mommas and
everyone else in between.

Senator O's statement about anger hit my small of my back.

My position with SJ about why I can't come back
is that my NY trip showed me I need to be able to hear
god, and I need to be able to hear my voice, and anything
that keeps me arguing, agitated, frustrated and flustered, which
is what our relationship was doing at the time,
was going to prevent me from doing that.

So Senator O, I know about the anger, it ain't even the anger
that has me shook, its when the anger turns to rage.
It's the rage that the kids take on like its nothing. Then WE
turn around and wonder"what happened to them?" As if they
sprouted and grew like weeds that had no need for or contact with us.

All last week, I was thinking, If I had the opportunity to design and
implement rage retreats, what would they look like?


My other favorite part of the speech.
Dear Blue Collar White Folks,

Affirmative Action and
Negros ain't take your
jobs, the Corporations did.
They took the negro jobs too.

-Senator Obama

I wonder how much of the speech was influenced by
John Edwards.

Can you believe Obama had the courage to say
what he said?

The Hope Machine is in the Building AND on them 'Roids.



neo said...

I think this speech will go down with the, "I have a Dream" and "JFK" far as classic oratorial style.

It was surreal just reading it...too objective, too cerebral, too middle of the road for this mainstream american media.

Anonymous said...

Great speech.
But it changes nothing, unfortunately.
In the aftermath of his speech, we've seen and heard countless "news media reporters" attempt to pick it apart and turn it into less than what it was intended to be.
Now you have white folk up in arms because he mentioned his WHITE grandmother and her own FLAWS.

[whitefolk]HOW DARE HE INCLUDE US?![/whitefolk]

Unknown said...

America has such a narrow definition of patriotism. People romanticize America, at the expense of the welfare of nations, and even our own children of different racial, ethnic, and sexual backgrounds. Only if we are honest can we truly love this land.

Model Minority said...

Now you have white folk up in arms because he mentioned his WHITE grandmother and her own FLAWS.

You know whats funny...I feel like his white grand momma sometimes...Walking up on young bucks in the town...I do a quick assesment of whether they friend or foe.

I look clean, (most the time) and I carry girly bags which might make me a target.

So yeah.

And I disagree.
It has changed something. Because there is NO way he would have been able to deal with that shit with his pastor w/o coming out head first.

Its not the ONLY step we need to move forward, but it is an amazing step just the same.

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