BENEATH THE SPIN ERIC L. WATTREE
IS OBAMA BLACK ENOUGH TO WARRANT AFRICAN-AMERICAN SUPPORT?
At this writing, it has been less than three hours since Senator Barack Obama has declared his candidacy for President of the United States of America, and already the feeding frenzy has begun. Just once I'd like to see Black people come together without reverting to the old "crabs in a barrel" syndrome. Just once I'd like see Black people come together and say, yes, he is Black, and Black is good. But we just can't seem to bring ourselves to do thatand the sad part about it is that we've never stopped to examine the reason why.
Now, I'm certain that a brother as well read, and has as many obscure facts at his command as Professor West, would probably mop the floor in political debate with an average brother like myselfafter all, knowledge is indeed power. Yet, he's demonstrated once again, that wit without wisdom is a waste. His words brought to mind words stated by another group of Black people--a group who were far less educated, but obviously endowed with far more wisdom. Those were the words of our Black elders that went something like this"Beware of educated fools." His words also reminded me of words that my grandfather said to me when I first enrolled into college. He told me, "Education is a very good thingas long as you don't let them educate away your good, common sense." I didn't understand the wisdom of those words back then, but all of a sudden, they've taken on a new, and much more profound meaning.
But the only thing that gives me hope in that regard, is to see how the seed that Dr. King, Ralph Abernathy, Thurgood Marshall, and the other insightful thinkers of the last generation has taken root. They had the insight to plant a seed that has begun to flourishin spit of our current leaders. It's not those so-called Black leaders that we always see running their mouths on television that's changing America's perception towards Black peopleon the contrary, if anything, they've delayed the process. What's changing America's perception towards blacks are people just like you, the readerthe everyday, hard working Black person. America has been watching the competence, integrity, creativity, and in many cases, brilliance, that you have been quietly bringing to your jobs on a daily basis. You don't hear them, and you're so busy that you're probably not even paying attention, but when they're alone they're saying, "Did you see how easily she handled that?" And at other times they find themselves saying out loud, "Don't worry about itWilliam will be back tomorrow, and he'll know how to handle it." Those are the perceptions that's changing Americaone person at a time.
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Friday, June 20, 2008
Posted by Eric Wattree at 6:48 PM