Friday, January 9, 2009

The song that never ends ...

I've seen scores, if not hundreds, of pictures of Barak Obama - but I really like this one. I think he looks better in a light suit like this one. The earth tones do his complexion justice, I think - the maroon in the tie? Love it. But that's an aside - and I just wanted to get it out of the way because I didn't want to interrupt the flow of thoughts that are about to spew from the depths of the depths of me.

I read this article in the Red Eye. It's a free edition of the Chicago Tribune that you can get free on most every corner in downtown Chicago and at pretty much every train stop known to Chicago man. I'm not an avid reader - mornings are my nemesis and I can't commit anything to every morning except pure disdain. Mornings interrupt my favorite pastime, encroaching on my blessed sleep and pouncing on it out of nowhere as if morning were a wild tawny Sphinx and my sleep a loving, peaceful, oblivious bunny watching butterflies hover by effortlessly.


Bunny dead.

Tawny Sphinx belly full.

But this article was one I wanted to read - The End of Racism? it asked, and I rolled my eyes. Seriously?

No. I meant it. Seriously!?

Why is this even a topic of conversation? Why am I sitting on this here train reading an article asking a question akin to "Was Jesus White?"

HELL NO! What kind of stupid question is this. How many blonde haired, blue eyed Prince Charmings do you know that are born in Bethlehem? I know of none. Jesus wasn't Aryan and Barak Obama's presidency does not the end of racism make.

But as I considered that read, and all the hoopla in the news over the past 18 months ... I thought about where this was coming from. And I boiled it all down to this one quote I found in another article about what Barak Obama's race is:

"He can't be African-American. With race, white claims 50 percent of him and black 50 percent of him," Ron Wilson of Plantation, Fla., wrote in a letter to the Sun-Sentinel newspaper.

Ok, I won't even get started about the fact this this jackoff is from PLANTATION, Florida. I'm not going there. But the idea that Barak Obama suddenly CAN'T be African-American is a fucking mess. Forget Barak Obama's own words when he said, "I identify as African-American--that's how I'm treated and that's how I'm viewed. I'm proud of it" and forget about the fact that with this quote the man flatly said that "African-American" is a way to be TREATED ... I won't even go there either ...

Where am I going?

Remember when McCain gave the mic to that precious old lady during one of his "Town Hall Meetings" and she said that Barak Obama was an Arab? Remember that? Remember when it seemed that ALL of West Virginia was refusing to vote for a Black man?

Oh, right - he's a fucking nigger when he's running for office ... but let the man actually WIN ... and suddenly,

"Of course Obama is black. And he's not black too," said Rebecca Walker, a 38-year-old writer who is of Russian, African, Irish, Scottish and Native American descent. "He's white, and he's not white too."

So, let me get this straight. Nigger when running for President. "Not Black too" when he wins. Interesting. The "one-drop" rule takes on a whole new meaning when the man wins, I see. Now that he's going to be sworn in as President of the United States, he's not Black because he's at least "one drop" White.

Don't come at me talking about racism is dying. It's not. Maybe, MAYBE i'll give you that overt racism is being swept under the rug temporarily - sure, some people actually have examples to attest to that "fact." So, I won't argue with you (unless you live in West Virginia) - your personal experience is valid and you have a story to tell.

But this isn't about you - because those of you that read my blog don't fall into any racist category I'm referring to. I believe that wholeheartedly. Be ye Black, White, "one-drop" mongolian. "LATIN" (that one kills me - it's latinO) - whatever. If you're here ... you good. And I'm hoping my comments section doesn't blow up in some discourse about whether or not you feel I'm pointing a finger at you personally. I'm not.

I'm simply saying that I find it interesting that 8 months ago we were talking about whether or not we could vote a Black man into office ... and today, we're talking about the fact that he's not really Black because he's half White ... when historically speaking, that man is Black as HELL. BAH-LACK AASS HAAYY-EEELL.

So please, stop the bullshit. And start treating him "African-American" like the man say! (I say with the ONLY faggoty twang of sarcasm while flipping my hair, turning and walking away dramatically)

*slams door*

returns momentarily

Cuz you KNOW you don't look at the Obama family portrait and see three Black females and a White man.


*slams door*

[muffled from other side of door] He Black!

I got my quotes from this other Red Eye article


The Jaded NYer said...

Is this a bad time to nit-pick and point out that Obama's dad wasn't an African American but rather AFRICAN? As in not from S. Carolina or St. Louis or Harlem USA, but from the CONTINENT of AFRICA?


Okay, then I won't bring it up.

*whistles Dixie and walks away*

JACK said...

Wait - did I say his father was African American? Cuz that father of his was so Black he Blue.

clnmike said...

Yeah ever since he became president the one drop rule went into reverse.

I usually go with what ever that person likes to describe him of her self .

BTW I think that tie he is wearing is brown.

JACK said...

clnmike - i TOTALLY was going off memory when I wrote that it was maroon. When I realized it wasn't I didn't feel like going through all that nonsense I wrote to find it, so eh. I cna also blame it on being color blind, tho.

Sean Stone said...

My coworker (who's Jewish - didn't know that was a race LOL) said "Well, his grandmother's white so I voted for him."

I just looked at her, smiled and walked away.

I think they're saying all this ish to justify the fact they voted for a BLACK MAN IN AMERICA.

Why? He's the lesser evil when compared to McCain.

Darius T. Williams said...

Such an appropriate title - lol - for real.

And yes - the red eye is easier to get these days than ever.

JACK said...

Sean: I woulda smacked her.

Darius: I wrote all of THAT and you comment about the Red Eye!? LMAO.