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Being President While Black PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gerald A. McIntosh   
Aug 18, 2010 at 09:43 PM

I don't think anyone was under some real illusion that the election of Barack Obama actually meant the end of racism in America . I'm pretty sure that the president-elect knew it better than anyone. After all, he saw it every day, from the moment he announced his candidacy. To some degree, he saw it within his own party during the primaries. And he saw it in all ugliness during the general election. For half of this country, he was "That One". No matter how big and clear his victory was. No matter how smart he is. No matter how decent he is. No matter what a true patriot he is. No matter how optimistic and positive his vision for America was. All that didn't matter. Because at the end of the day, he was still black.

 

I'm quite old. I remember, vaguely, where my parents were on November 22, 1963. I've seen so many presidents. Some were feared, some were hated, some were adored, some popular and some not. But all of them, without exception, were treated with the highest respect deserving the office of the president of the United States .

That is until a black man won the right to occupy this office. It's been 13 months now, and in the eyes of so many, Barack Obama is still that one. He is being disrespected and at the same time being held to the highest standard of any president I've ever seen – and not just by the Republican side! He has to perform three times better than any president in history, and even that may not be enough.

For the media, he is many more times just "Obama" than "President Obama". They create scandals out of nothing issues. It took them at least 6 years to start giving Bush a small part of the sh-t he deserved. It took them 6 months to begin crap all over Obama because he's yet to fix the catastrophe that was left for him.


They use condescending tones when they talk about him, and only mildly less condescending when they talk TO him. With anyone else, CNN wouldn't dare go to commercials every time the president speaks, like they did during that summit on Thursday. They wouldn't dare be counting how many minutes George Bush or Bill Clinton were talking. Chris Mathews wouldn't dare make an issue out of Ronald Regan calling members of congress by their first name, like he is not actually the president. They fully cooperate with the Right-Wing smear machine when it comes to president Obama's national security performance – even if almost every independent and military expert actually thinks that he's a terrific Commander-in-Chief. You'll never see them on TV, and virtually no one from the Left, in congress and outside, defend the president on this matter.


I don't care about the Far-Right. They're just crazy ignorant Neanderthals. It's the way the beltway and the mainstream treats this president that is shocking. On Thursday, almost every Republican had no trouble interrupting him in the middle of a sentence. They looked like they're going to vomit every time they had to say "Mr. president". They all had this Eric-Cantor-Smirk whenever he spoke. Then they went out and started to spit their stupid talking points, to the delight of the media. Sarah Palin, a woman who can hardly read, thinks that he was "arrogant" towards John McCain, and somehow this is an important news. Because you see, "Obama's Arrogance" is the talking point of the day.


Oh, those talking points. He is arrogant (because he knows the facts better than all of them combined). He is an elitist (because he uses big words that they don't understand). He is weak on national security (because he actually thinks about the consequences). He divides the country (well, he did that the day he had the audacity to win the election). Worst of all, he actually thinks that he's the president. He even dared to say so on Thursday. How arrogant of him. You'd think that previous presidents didn't have any ego. Somehow it turned out that the one president who treats even his biggest opponents with the utmost respect – is the arrogant one. I wonder why?<

I expected that his winning the Presidency would bring out some ugliness, but it's been far worse than I imagined. The racism coming from the Right is obviously clear and shameless, but there's also some hidden and maybe subconscious and disturbing underline tone behind some of the things that I read here and throughout the Left blogosphere, even before the end of Obama's first year - 'He's weak, he's spineless, he's got no balls, primary him in 2012'. It'll be dishonest to deny that.


The fact is that for millions in America , Barack Obama is this uppity black man (Not even a "real" black), who received good education only due to affirmative action, and has no right to litter the sacred Oval Office with his skin color. They just can't accept the fact that the president is a black man, who unlike his predecessor, was actually legally elected. But what's really sad is that it's not just the fringe, its deep deep in mainstream America .


President Obama's ability to remain above all this slob, to keep his optimism and his strange and mostly unjustified faith in people, while continuing to gracefully deal with an endless shitstorm – is one of the most inspiring displayss of human quality I have ever seen. And I can only hope that the Cosmos is on his side because God is and He never makes a mistake.



Gerald A. McIntosh (G-Mack)
 
P.S   If you have read this far, you must now  be aware there is a serious chronic sickness in these United States of America. This sickness, if we were to call a spade by its generic name, a spade and not a big spoon, we all would agree the United States has been nursing it ever since the first convoy of people from Europe arrived here. Those basically ignorant people by today's standard, were as ignorant as it comes, to the extend of even not knowing what hue their skin was. What would one expect from a people who took a bath once a year, in the month of May, as was the tradition in England? They settled, just as one would expect of ignorant people, to a pinkish hue and called themselves "white." Really!
 
Not so bad for ignorant people for a start. However, even after several years of some education beyond sub-standard, they still found themselves unable to know what the hue of their skin was. In real sense, if an intelligent person would have looked at those cousins from Europe, he would either have simply settled on "slightly pinkish looking people" or what a heck, just " Europeans." Period.
 
But ignorance is no respecter of persons. It was passed from generation to generation and multiplied at geometric proportion to the extent that, two hundred years later, it became a kind of "religion." Wherever you ran into a cluster of Europeans, be it in Europe, Africa, America or some other territories worldwide, you would seldom miss to run into a human being infested with this sickness called "racism" the sickness of the scams of this earth.
 
In modern times, here in the USA, there is too much worry about enemies from the Middle East, Asia, Africa and some other places inhabited by people who do not call themselves "white." The real truth is that, the enemies perceived to be from those parts of the world is insignificant compared to the enemy within. The enemy within has the two names: ignorance and racism. Forget about those small naughty boys from the caves of Afghanistan or other stans. Forget about the frustrated adolescent from Nigeria who thought there was merit hiding a pyrotechnic in his under ware, and forget about some boys who do not understand the writings of their Holy Book and therefore resort to some distraction of other people's live and property. These are all puny compared to the actions and behavior that goes along with the sickness of racism.The enemy of this great nation called the USA is within, not so much without.
                    What brother Gerald has frankly written above needs serious attention of     everybody who has an ounce of love for America. If America fails, we all suffer the consequences. Why let it fail? Baraka, my nephew is not the problem. He is part of the solution. He is as brilliant as it gets in America. He is as wise as anyone would expect of him at his age and being a descendant of Charlemagne as all other presidents and rulers of the USA as well as European nations have been and still are, he is not in the Oval Office by accident. The only "accident" is that he happens to be a person of the skin he has, which incidentally, may prove to be the best combination of skin hue for the still ignorant people of the USA who have a myopic worship for a lighter hue. Don't get me started. I will stop here.
 
                   This is the personal opinion of the "King of Zamunda"

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With the exploits of Barack Obama, The United States of America has proven she has come a long way in racial harmony