BENEATH THE SPIN • ERIC L. WATTREE
"Question. Why aren't the blacks all up in arms over the way Obama is treated. I work with mostly minorities, a black woman is my boss and they never say a word in his defense IN MY PRESENCE. and I'm always hearing fascist shot from the whites. Is the divide so wide that there's no dialogue possible."
The reason the Black community is not out in mass in defense of President Obama is because he doesn't need our defense. He's doing quite nicely on his own, and we're confident that he's quite capable of handling anything that they can throw at him. We expected what's currently going on from the day that he was elected, and so did he - we would have been fools not to expect it. In addition, the silent Black majority in this country don't suffer fools. We don't have to.
We WANT the GOP and other social bigots to remain fools, because we have our own agenda that's kept pretty close to the vest, but it's gradually beginning to reveal itself. So we don't intend to say a word in defense of who we are. We WANT bigots to think all Black people are undereducated, saggin', and swaggering. Thus, we have no intention of getting all excited and trying to prove our value. The days of trying to prove ourselves to White folks are over. We intend to SHOW the bigots of this nation what they've created, just like Barack Obama is currently doing - and the fact is, they've created their worse nightmare, because adversity has made us MORE, rather than less.
Living our entire lives having to out-think and out-maneuver racist bigots and institutional racism hasn’t been without its intellectual rewards, and neither has being involved in a marathon where White people are spotted 100 yards and we’re forced to compete in lead boots. Spending our lives having to deal with that kind of adversity, and still managing to remain competitive, has contributed greatly to our intellect, character, and perseverance. It is that very experience that’s allowed President Obama to stand head-n-shoulders above the GOP, and contrary to popular belief, he’s far from an aberration in the Black community.
While the GOP has been on a single-minded mission to dumb-down America, and has been lodging a brutal assault against the nation's educational system in order to conceal their atrocious history and malevolent agenda, many in the Black community are using that as an opportunity to level the playing field by doubling-down on the education of their children so they'll have the upper hand in the future.
Many of us have come to understand that "knowledge is power" in a real and personal way. Those words are just an adage to many Americans, but not to a huge part of the Black community, because we've had to live the bitter consequences of failing to recognize their significance. A pointed example of just how significant those three simple words are is the fact that we were enslaved in the first place because we lacked a knowledge of gunpowder and other munitions.
Another example that I often cite is the fact that when man arrived here on Earth he was completely vulnerable. He was a naked ape, but without the strength and agility of a true ape. He wasn't as big and powerful as the elephant, as ferocious as the lion, nor could he fly above danger like the eagle. The only thing that nature armed him with was the human mind, but as a result of developing his mind, he can now build machines that can crush the most powerful elephant, victimize the most ferocious lion, and fly far beyond the domain of the most dedicated eagle - in fact, he's not only gained dominion over this world, but he's gone on to visit others.
The above facts haven't been lost on a sizeable segment of the Black community. So as we quietly watch the many virulent racists continue to delight in their stupidity, we smile, because we recognize that ignorance is only bliss until reality sets in.
WE'RE NO DIFFERENT THAN YOU
|ERIC L. WATTREE, JR.|
FROM: 92 SFS/SFO
2 E. ARNOLD STREET
FAIRCHILD AFB, WA 99011
SUBJECT: Recommendation for Staff Sergeant Eric L. Wattree
1. I wholeheartedly concur with Staff Sergeant Wattree’s request to attend Officer Training School. He represents the enlisted ranks with the highest standard and will bring that dedication and professionalism to the officer corps.
2. Eric continues to lead a stellar military career; his enlisted performance reports speak for themselves. His leadership and experience, especially in contingency environments, remains a vital asset to our unit and wing. As one of my primary Phoenix Raven team leaders, he’s propelled to the forefront of all major deployments throughout the world. He’s repeatedly secured aircraft and crews, supporting a wide variety of missions, in the most austere and terrorist-ridden environments where security is severely inadequate. The diversity of these missions never limited SSgt Wattree’s capacity to adapt to each situation. For this reason, Eric was selected as our 2000 Outstanding Phoenix Raven Member of the Year and the 2001 Air Force Reserve Component Airman of the Year for the 92d Security Forces Squadron.
3. Whether operating under peacetime or contingency operations, Eric easily assumes control and tackles every situation with meticulous tenacity, a quality highly desired in our Air Force officers. Requested by name, Sergeant Wattree, provided security for presidential Banner missions throughout Greece, Peru and Viet Nam. While deployed to Afghanistan, he flew numerous combat missions in our nation’s pursuit to eradicate terrorism through Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Additionally, he provided round-the-clock force protection for aircraft in other high-threat environments including Uzbekistan, Pakistan and Oman.
4. Sergeant Wattree motivated his personnel during the worst conditions and raised the level of esprit de corps to integrate personnel from other Air Force specialties into a cohesive team. His leadership, integrity and devotion to our Air Force play an integral part in our future leadership. Eric has what it takes to become a commissioned officer and earns my full support to attend Officer Training School.
FRANK HELLSTERN, JR., Captain, USAF