It wasn’t long ago that President Obama stood in the pulpit of the bourgeoisie at Morehouse University to proclaim that racism was officially over because he was now representing America as a Black Man.
Outside of an Al Green song or two, many blacks argued whether Obama represented blacks at all. His policies did little to address black concerns. During a 2013 speech at a Morehouse College commencement, Obama used the opportunity to admonish Black men to take care of their families and their communities. He told the graduates that “despite the lingering legacies of slavery and discrimination, ‘we’ve got no time for excuses,’ The Washington Post reported.
Obama told Black leaders to “stop complaining,” even though during the speech he noted that the Black unemployment rate had climbed to 16.7 percent — its highest level in nearly 30 years. He also said that nearly 40 percent of Black children live in poverty.
I want to go on record here to say that to a large degree, Obama is right. Clearly, we can’t change our condition solely by complaining. Excuses valid or not don’t put bread on the table.
Addressing the perpetrators of racism who hide under many cloaks is very important to exposing the evil that creates and enables these social dysfunctions. Dis-empowering these terrorists is as important as applying remedy.
Obama went further in his Morehouse speech:
“Now, think about it. For black men in the ‘40s and the ‘50s, the threat of violence, the constant humiliations, large and small, the uncertainty that you could support a family, the gnawing doubts born of the Jim Crow culture that told you every day that somehow you were inferior, the temptation to shrink from the world, to accept your place, to avoid risks, to be afraid — that temptation was necessarily strong. ”
To the Obamas’ of black leadership, I say no, we are not a post racial society. We have not overcome. Sections of your speech that antiquate the 40s and 50s are equally relevant in 2020 as they were in the adjacent decades.
From Joe Biden’s “you are not black unless you vote democrat,” to garden variety racists like the McMichael family and Zimmerman racism as tool to subjugate and oppress is still very rampant in Americas white society.
This does not mean that we as black citizens don’t share the responsibility to correct what’s wrong in our communities. We definitely do. Crime, and drugs, are ever present. No white man makes us commit felonies. Those are choices we accept in response to our circumstances. Yes, poverty plays a part as does racism.
What is clear is that white America has no intent to change it for us, nor pay for the centuries of evil. We can’t change their hearts, but we can be stronger by holding both our elected officials and American leaders accountable. One way to do that is by not just voting Democrat without establishing a progressive agenda for our communities.
We are not beggars at Americas tables. We built this country off our backs. Yes, we founded this country through our blood sweat and tears. It’s time to stop begging the Democrats for left overs and handouts. It’s time to demand an end to dividing our slice of pie with those who have not earn the place in America given to us by God. We did not steal the right to this country. This is our inheritance. It’s time to own it.