Skip to comments.obama to black community; take off your scarves, wave caps and help me
Posted on 09/29/2011 12:26:06 PM PDT by Netizen
I just finished listening to President Obamas speech at the Congressional Black Caucus dinner and Im still reeling with anger. Honestly, Ive never been more afraid for my country or my people than I am right now.
In his speech, Obama told the mostly black audience;
Take off your bedroom slippers. Shake it off. Stop complainin. Stop grumblin. Stop cryin. We are going to press on. We have work to do.
As writer Charing Ball noted, Obama may as well have said take off your head scarf and wave caps, put away the jug of Kool-Aid and grape drink, stop frying that chicken.
Of course, black people arent wearing slippers. To the contrary, were fighting, without any help from the executive branch mind you, to keep our heads above water in this recession.
But President Obama isnt speaking to us, but about us to conservative leaning independents. Hes speaking to the stereotype that they hold, that African-Americans are lazy critters who arent capable of self-actualization. And it was remarkable to hear Obama bark patronizingly at an African American crowd, then watch the crowd answer in applause. In a word, heartbreaking.
Basically, the most risk averse President in modern history is telling us to put our ass on the line for him. Hes telling us to put on our marching shoes even though he never marched for anything during his days as a community organizer. The only thing Obama knows about marching is what he read under a palm tree in Hawaii, and hes lecturing us?
The man who capitulates at every turn and invalidates progressives as the professional left has the nerve to demand our loyalty? The man who answers the whining of the Tea Party with strong and deliberate action has the nerve to admonish us for our criticisms?
Instead of helping us navigate our way through a Wall St engineered recession, Obama has relegated us to the 1960s. Truth is, if Obama had fought for something- anything- then maybe there would be less of a need to march.
And at least when folks marched in the 60′s, they marched against the escalation of the Vietnam War. Meanwhile, Obama ESCALATES war and wants us to march for him? He wants us to put our beliefs on the backburner for his careerist ambitions? For his legacy? For the continuance of our purely symbolic victory?
For those who are prepared to accept Obamas call to arms, just know that Obama wont have your back. If you strike out marching and get arrested (or worse), Obama will look on you with the same indifference that he looks upon the Occupy Wall. St. protesters. Unlike JFK, who protected black protesters with the national guard, Obama hasnt even acknowledged the Wall St protesters, let alone protect them. He wont help you expunge your record and you wont pass the background check for that new job you had your heart set on. Thats change you can believe in only if youre stupid.
Saddest of all, though, is that Obama would never have told the Jewish community or Wall St. bankers to stop complaining and go march. He is, of course, respectful of and beholden to those constituencies. But he has no problem adding a little base to his voice and chastising us like toddlers.
I know Obamas new to this, but the job of a politician is to ask for our votes, not berate us and give us our marching orders. He works for us, not the other way around. He should get busy doing his job. Maybe if Obama had fought for something other than his own skin, wed fight alongside him. Maybe if Obama honored those who marched during the Civil Rights movement by working on their behalf to save Social Security and Medicare, then maybe Id stand at his side. But Obama is a careerist politician who only stands for himself, and hes a man who defends himself by debasing all African Americans and our legacy.
From where I stand, Obama doesnt even like us, much less have our best interest at heart. This is what a compromised and conflicted black man looks like. Let us learn from this, so as to avoid making the same mistake again. In so far as hope goes, thats all we have to cling to.
He probably should have added to pull up your pants and wear your hat front to back. Don’t look like a ‘gangsta’ when applying for that job.
It’s nice to hear this from a black woman who is NOT drinking the Obama Koolaid.
Get out your black jacks and night sticks, and brass knuckles.
Truly amazed. If anyone else said the same they would be attacked for being racist. I know he is completely out of touch with people like me, didn’t realize he seems to be out of touch with everyone.
I wanted to see if I could find a predominately black forum to get a feel for how they view Obama and found this article. Still trying to locate a forum.
“Its nice to hear this from a black woman who is NOT drinking the Obama Koolaid.”
But only because his Koolaid has turned out to be insufficiently Communist-flavored for her. It’s not like she’s actually learned anything.
Black voters would do well to wake up to the facts about what the Democrat party, with their Jim Crow laws, has done to them over many years. One good resource is Ann Coulter’s book “Demonic”. The Republican Party has been instrumental in giving Black Americans what dignity and civil rights they now enjoy. Abraham Lincoln gave the blacks their freedom. And for those who don’t know it, he was a Republican.
See my tag line.
“The only thing Obama knows about marching is what he read under a palm tree in Hawaii, and hes lecturing us? “
Nice to read a hint that the black community might be waking up to the fact that Obama has no shared history with them.
It’s about time someone recognizes that Barry has nothing in common with true American blacks, the descendants of slaves, not slave traders and owners like his family.
—But President Obama isnt speaking to us, but about us to conservative leaning independents. Hes speaking to the stereotype that they hold, that African-Americans are lazy critters who arent capable of self-actualization.—
That’s not true. Seriously. I’ve worked with many hard-working African Americans in my career.
Interestingly, only one of them was born in the US. The rest were either naturalized citizens or not citizens.
The problem is american black culture. It destroys its adherents, regardless of race. And there are a lot of ‘em.
You got to wonder who he was thinking about with that “whining in your bedroom slippers” comment?
His wife? His mother-in-law? Reggie?
When the “black community” starts pointing out that 0bama isn’t really “black”, then you’ll know he’s irrevocably a one termer.
I may not agree with this person’s politics (looks like they are progressive) but it was a very truthful article.
I just wonder how many?
barry knows he can take the Black vote for granted. A few platitudes and continued expanded welfare — their vote is bought cheaply.
Obama can tell them to go to hell, for what it’s worth.
They are still going to march in lock-step to the polls and vote for him regardless of what he says or does.
It’s a black thing, yo.
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