Friday, January 19, 2007

A magical negro or a spook?

I just finished reading a great post by Jack and Jill Politics about Barack Obama -- America's Magical Negro?.

For me Jill Tubman at Jack and Jill Politics hit the issue of Barack Obama right on the head. I've been wondering for some time why I'm not feeling Barack Obama presidency ambitions. There are many reasons. But one of the most important reasons that came to mind after reading her post was, I candidly don't want to see a black man go into the white house to clean up the white man's mess.

For hundreds of years black men have been cleaning up the mess of white men. Is it not time for blacks to say, hey, you made this mess you clean it up? Bush is currently screwing the nation.

As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Bush has "dug a hole so deep he can't even see the light on this" and calling the buildup "a stark blunder."

Can and should Barack Obama be the clean up man for Bush and his administration? Or, if he is elected, would Obama become America's scapegoat for the failures of Bush, Cheney, Condi and the other neo cons ?

You know how it is in scary movies; the black man always gets killed first. Or is Barack Obama a spook that sat by the door?

Spook Who Sat By The Door book cover

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

it is important for that mess Bush started to be cleaned up. it is making the world like a rubbish dump. US foreign policy affects people on all corners of the globe. Barack O could fail or succeed, it is a dichotomy that he has to face if he is going to run in that presidential elections. the smiles have to come off and the serious issues need to be dealt with. i sincerely hope he doesn't become the spook that sat at the door as you said but in this world, that is a fear that could be realised because race is such a polarising factor in decision. he may just be the one who got left out in the cold.