I have a bad habit of arguing about things that I don’t believe in just because I love to debate. I don’t like to argue, but I like to hear both sides and see who presents the best argument. There’s a difference. During the 2008 Presidential Election, I lost faith in the political aptitude of Black people. I’ll just come out and say it, I thought they were voting for Obama because he was Black. I wasn’t silent either, I told Black people to their face, “You’re the reason why White people continue to think we’re inferior. You don’t have a clue what you’re talking about, but you’re talking about it. Not only are you talking about it, but you’re loud about it.” And then Diddy didn’t even go vote.
I know that personally, I didn’t want to be THAT black guy who didn’t vote for Obama. Back in 08, folks voted for Obama like it was an iPhone.
“Did you see the Obama speech last night?! My man was like, “Say you want healthcare for your grandmother, there’s a bill for that. “ I’m voting for Obama! I’m waking up early, i’m getting in line, heck, i’ll vote twice if they let me, maybe I should just go sleep at the polls now, so nothing happens.”
My response was always, “That’s cool, I think he makes some very good points, how do you feel about him continuing No Child Left Behind?” And herein lies the problem – you wouldn’t believe what they’d say back to me.
Popular answers included:
He’s got swag – This has nothing to do with his ability to lead a country. Allen Iverson has swag, ask him how many championship rings he has?
He’s an excellent speaker – Jay-Z is a lyrical lexicon, this doesn’t make him prepared to lead a country either.
Michelle is cool – At the time, I didn’t think the First Lady did much more than encourage people to read books and work out. I didn’t think Michelle was going to fix the economy or bring any troops home.
We need a fresh approach to the White House – This sounds nice, but it had nothing to do with Obama. Anybody who was elected would be a fresh approach, the incumbent could not seek re-election.
Sarah Palin is an idiot – Good point, but has nothing to do with Obama.
*I hold my head*
Sad enough, I concluded, “We really voting for Obama off GP.”
I agree that in some circles, you could have informed conversations around politics. I blame myself for that, it’s this “keeping the common touch” thing that I haven’t been able to master. There was something else I wanted to say about this … I don’t really agree with half of what the man says but I do tend to agree with Herman Cain that Black people have been brainwashed into voting for the Democratic Party. But here’s what I think about the brainwashing; do you ever think that Black people vote for the best candidate for themselves, or do you think it’s for the cause? This is an alarming trend I’ve noticed in Black America, we’re becoming more and more selfish. It’s only a matter of time before politics is consumed in our selfishness. I think it’s important that voters think about, “How does this President’s plan really affect me and mine?” I think often times you get the feeling that Black voters are voting for that family in Canarsie. They have their vote, they should use it. Like I said in a coffee shop, “It’s all fun and games until you realize that you make $150K and your wife makes $100K, you’re now consider rich in America and the tax code may change your point of view on your political affiliations.”
In all truthfulness, you know this doesn’t really get real until we’re not talking about Barack, but we’re talking about Michelle in 2016. That’s when this voting off GP thing is really going pop off major. Personally, I think she plays a strong role in the current Presidency, can’t say that’s a Black woman thing either, Hillary did it too. But she sure would cause problems for Black people in America. I almost got gunclapped by a chick in 07 for saying I didn’t want Hillary in the White House. Pssh, saying anything against Michelle would inspire suicide bombers.
In all things, we must admit that the climate has changed. Romney will more than likely raise more money than Obama. I don’t know why I feel that way, I would have told you a few months ago that I thought it was impossible. However, from private conversations with friends there are people out there who are excited about Romney taking the White House. We’ve got to make sure that we dive into the issues because they’re a lot more complex than the last time. Even if you’re going to vote for Obama off GP, just go vote. That’s a right that our generation didn’t fight for, but our previous generations did. My inspiration comes from my 92 year old grandmother who spent a great portion of her life not being able to vote. That’s why I vote. However, for all of us who think that Obama is great just because he’s a Black guy or we just don’t want Romney, we’ve got to dedicate ourselves to go vote. In the meantime, we’ve got to make sure we know what we’re talking about. It’s not about voting off GP, it’s about knowing what our guy stands for and why we’re going to vote for him. In conclusion, I hope this post inspires us to really know what Obama is talking about. We can read, so let’s do it.
– Dr. J
Let’s talk about it. Who are you voting for and why? Do you think that Black folks have been brainwashed and why? I’m interested to dive into the debate. Let’s go…