Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Is he or isn't he?

To further divide Barack Obama's supporters, recent media reports are now calling into question his blackness. I know, it sounds a little crazy but because his mother is white and his father is black, instead of calling Obama black, they're now referring to him as bi-racial. Technically, Obama is bi-racial but he has said many times before that he's embraced the black community and the black community has embraced him. He looks black, he sounds black, he identifies as black, therefore, the man is black. If he was a regular guy on the street, no one would care. They'd see a black man and keep it moving. Let's break it on down. Obviously, he looks black. Really and truly, everybody looks black because the colors of our skin range from cafe au lait to blurple, that's blue black and purple. Under normal circumstances, I'm told, bi-racial people don't often get a chance to choose which group they identify with. From what I understand, they spend a lot of time trying to figure out where they fit in and usually fall in with the crowd that accepts them. More often than not, it's the black community. Up until I was growing up, kids who identified themselves as bi-racial was an anomaly. It's not like we didn't have them, it's just they didn't identify themselves as such because it would leave them open to criticism and teasing and in some cases, hazing. Now that interracial relationships are widely accepted and it's OK to be different, folks still feel a need to make bi-racial kids and now adults, choose a group. Why can't they embrace all of them while they identify more with one group? What if Jasmine Guy, Lenny Kravitz, Cree Summer, Lisa Bonet, Boris Kodjoe, his wife Nicole Ari Parker-Kodjoe, Alicia Keys, Faith Evans, Eartha Kitt, Derek Jeter, Grant Hill, his wife Tamia, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, Malcolm X, Mario Van Peebles, Michael Michelle, Smokey Robinson, Shemar Moore, and the ever-so-fine Tyson Beckford all decided to tell the world about their bi-racial heritage. Would they be looked at any differently? The world may never know, because I'm willing to bet that a lot of you didn't know half these people had white and asian parents and grandparents. You didn't know because they haven't put all their business out in the open like Obama has. Is that wrong of them? No. Does it make Obama any better because he has? No. Putting out his heritage shows that Obama is all about putting his business out himself. He didn't wait for his counterparts to find old family photos of him with his interracial parents. He didn't wait for his counterparts to dig up childhood friends to ask whether or not he's smoked weed. He put it out there himself. The bottom line is let the man be. Yes one of his parents is black and the other one isn't. He's still human and he has a right to be who he wants and embrace every part of himself. Who is the media, and anybody else, to deny him that right? The funny thing is he isn't black enough for some white liberals who want to make sure he identifies his white heritage and he isn't white enough for white conservatives because he looks black. The bottom line is he doesn't have to be black enough or white enough, he has to be smart enough, stable enough and human enough to run the Oval Office. So enough with trying to figure out whether or not he's more one thing than the other. The one thing we should be concerned about is whether or not he's ready and equipped to fix this Bush mess.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

I tell you ...

... if this were a movie, I'd be sitting on a porch in a rocking chair with a glass of lemonade humming an old Negro spirituals and telling my grandchildren about where I was on the day Barack Obama made history. I don't know about you guys but I am so proud of this man and his family it makes no sense. I just hope that they are who they say they are and we don't find out some horrible incriminating story about them later on. I just think that it'd be too much for (his supporters) to handle. But anyway, so that I don't ruin the mood I have today, I just want to call attention to the way pop culture has become mainstream, even in politics. Did ya'll catch the way his wife gave him some dap right before he gave his speech last night? I almost fell off my couch laughing when I saw this. First off, the first person I ever saw do that bump on TV was Howie Mandel and that's because he has OCD and shaking hands gives him the 'heebie jeebies.' For the record, OCD is obsessive compulsive disorder. There are different degrees of it. The way I understand it is folks with OCD like everything done a certain way. Everything must be that way at all times or they spaz out. I've always said those people have a tick. Apparently, his tick is excessively washing hands and being in the business of show business, he's constantly meeting people and he had to do something to not seem rude, so, he gives people dap. The only other guy I've ever seen on TV who gives dap is Stephen Colbert (pronounced Cole-bear). Stephen Colbert is THE MAN,OK! That is one of the funniest dudes on TV right now. If you never watch the Colbert Report on Comedy Central, I challenge you to do so. If you're here, that means you are sort of a political junky and I know you'd find his brand of humor as hilarious as I do. He's even renamed it the "Colbert Bump" and he gives one to people every time they come on the show. He even gave one to both Barack and Michelle Obama in separate appearances on the show. That is what made the whole thing funny as crap to me. Now that Obama is the nominee and John McCain makes it his business to run around trying to do what Obama does, I guess he'll find a way to give his wife some 'dap.' I can't wait to see how. This question could be in vain, but I'm dying to know if you guys watched the results on CNN last night. Actually, I only want to know if you happened to catch the banter between Anderson Cooper and Donna Brazile. I won't insult your intelligence and tell you who Anderson Cooper is, but you might need me to refresh your memory about Donna Brazile. I could sit here and type and tell you why she is the best political analyst on CNN, but I won't do that. I'll just tell you that she's a Louisiana native and you can hear it in every word she says. She graduated from LSU and later became the first black woman to direct a major presidential campaign when she was the campaign manager for the Al Gore campaign in 2000. Now she's known for her commentary of this year's primary elections. Anyway, all of this relates to pop culture because of an exchange between her and A.C. last night during an analysis of the elections and Obama's nomination. Take a look:
After watching this, I realized not only is pop culture now mainstream, but, from now on, I need to sit on the floor while I watch TV. I can't chance it, one day I really am going to fall off my couch.

Listen, in the distance ...

... I think I hear Hillary warming up her vocal cords. If she's not, she oughta be. She said it wasn't going to be over until the lady in the pant suit sings. Well somebody cue the band to play the opening bars of "Send In the Clowns," and tell Pantasia it's time.
I hope ya'll listened to the words. Even though this song is about the break up of a romantic relationship, I swear it fits this situation. I think in a way, Hillary has had an unrequited love affair with the Democratic electorate. Don't get me wrong, she does have some supporters and folks who want to see her win, but she doesn't have everybody and ***sniffle, sniffle*** that makes her sad. I guess we should all be happy that she didn't go all "Fatal Attraction" on us and try to kill us. Well, she hasn't yet. That'll happen if she opts to support John McCain and let's face it, if Methusela is elected, he's going to get us blown off the globe. Anyway, tonight is the night that could tell all. Initially, the Associated Press reported that Clinton would concede tonight then today her campaign chairman said live on CNN that she would not. He said it was "100 percent wrong." ***smh and whispering*** Got my hopes all up for nothing. Anyway, I think that all we have to do is give her enough rope, she'll hang herself. Every time she gets pissed or threatened, she breaks the 11th commandment, "Thou shalt thinketh before ye speaketh." I personally can't wait for her to lose her cool again, when she does, she usually gets her foot down her throat about knee deep and I'll bet it hurts to cough up a pump. Shoot, given the way the punks at the Democratic National Convention handled this whole Michigan/Florida delegate situation, I thought she'd be happy. I mean, the DNC went back on its word and will now seat both delegations and let them each get half a vote. That's better than nothing which is what they should have gotten in the first place. Don't get mad at me because your state couldn't wait to have their primaries. This whole thing has been blown out of proportion anyway. I don't see why we just don't have nationwide primaries and then let all of us weed out the less than stellar presidential nominees. Do you really think that Ron Paul and Joe Biden would have made it through a national primary? In the words of Homey D. Clown, "I don't think so!"