In America, right now, history is being made and we are all witnesses. For the first time, a serious Black presidential candidate is on deck and even if American Politricks (election stealing, vote miscounting, undercounting or overcounting) come into play, nothing and no one can take away the fact that Senator Barack Obama is running a serious campaign and is being taken seriously.
This is not another Negro clown on parade in the form of Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton, neither of whom had any real chance or intent of winning. And, neither had any political experience. At all.
The sad part is that while racist white men may come out in droves to oppose the election of a Black president, the most outrageous opposition comes from a bunch of dead-brained, self-hating House Ni**ers who have the nerve to question Obama’s blackness.
Really—what is that about?
Sadly, what is at the root of the misled Negroes is an inability to believe that anyone who looks like them could possibly be elected to the highest position in the nation. That inability to believe comes from being beaten into submission by America’s legacy of racism and some Negroes’ inherent weakness.
Such inherent weakness prompted some handkerchief head Negroes to call for Blacks to support Hillary Clinton to avoid playing racial politics, even though their call is actually pure racial politics. Frankly, I would rather see people support Obama because he is Black and embraces it, rather than support another candidate to avoid “racial politics.”
Some of those same weak Negroes crowed about Obama’s lack of experience, but as the voters in Iowa showed, a desire for change outweighs any measure of experience and Obama clearly represents a divergence from the status quo.
Obama took 38 per cent of the voters in Iowa, trailed by John Edwards with 30 per cent and Clinton with 29 per cent.
“The numbers tell us this was a debate between change and experience, and change won,” said CNN political analyst Bill Schneider.
Yes! Finally! A change may be coming to America.
In addition to the change that Senator Obama so clearly represents in so many ways, there is a lot riding on the next presidential election, which means that voter registration must be higher than the lackluster numbers of recent elections. However, many of the people who claim to seek an increase in voter registration would do well to avoid the issuance of vapid propaganda in efforts to win people over.
Sadly, though, this is what politics has largely come to.
People speak in heartfelt tones about their candidates of choice, but one thing they fail to do, which is all too common, is to discuss real issues that would cajole someone into supporting a candidate.
This is why so many Americans fail to vote. People get so caught up in emotions, hype and BS that they don’t deal with concrete issues.
For example, I hear people claim that Senator Clinton would probably be endorsed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They claim that he would have been pleased at her relationship with her husband, the so-called “Black President.”
But I believe that Dr. King would be disgusted by the presidency of Bill Clinton, which ushered in a sharp decline in Black male college enrollment, and a sharp incline in Black male imprisonment. And, if that wasn’t enough, Clinton’s presidency came hand in hand with the privatization of prisons and a heightened ante in the war on drugs, which was really a war on urban America. Clinton also came hand in hand with a decrease in after school programs and the like. Clinton as a Black President? Hell No!
In addition, Hillary’s pro-feminist stance (which is boring young white women, scaring old white men, but will certainly do more harm to Black men) is no longer obfuscated, chasing some vacillating Democrats to the Republican team, while Obama’s fresh ideas and fresh face also has the effect of making him more palatable to former opponents, including white women who would have been Clinton supporters.
With Barack Obama’s triumph in the Iowa precinct caucuses, the change that he represents must first come with increased voter registration.
While too many people think it is enough to repeat the myriad voting slogans designed to motivate the masses, I believe that real discussion on the voting process, the right to vote and the effectiveness of voting has to occur.
I’ll get right into that next week.
Darryl James n is an award-winning author who is now a filmmaker. His first mini-movie, “Crack,” was released in March of 2006. He is currently filming a full length documentary. James’ latest book, “Bridging The Black Gender Gap,” is the basis of his lectures and seminars. Previous installments of this column can now be viewed at www.bridgecolumn.com. James can be reached at djames