Sunday, March 18, 2007

Is Barack Obama the Lord and Saviour?

I wrote a little something about Barack Obama and racism on Blogcritics. Perhaps it's not the most amazing thing I've ever written, but my God, I think that commentors over there should have to pass an eighth grade reading/writing test at least -- half the people commenting don't seem to have even read what I wrote. Though the guy who calls himself "Arch Conservative" and told me to "save the Obama drama for your mama," did give me a good laugh, so that's something, I guess. But anyway -- you can check it out here.

Oh and to give credit where it's due, the idea originated when I read Queen of Spain's letter to Michelle Obama a while back on the Huffington Post.

As for the "tease" in my previous post, I'm in the process of organizing my thoughts on that -- it has turned into the Godzilla of word documents -- I kinda sorta promise (I think) to have it done Thursday.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello Staci:
God bless this internet stuff allowing someone from NYC to connect with a fellow citizen way across the country.

For starters, Obama is hardly the Messiah lol. I think what most Americans find so endearing to him is not any sense of his "perfection" but rather his authenticity. He "inhaled" and admitted it. He just paid off some unpaid parking tickets - 17 years later. And his wife (literally) aired his dirty laundry while in NYC by saying how messy he is at home. All things many of us non-Messiah (ordinary folks) can relate to. In other words, he's genuine. I don't know about you, but I'm not perfect and I can't relate to anyone who is.

Finally, I would ask you to reconsider a certain scene from the movie "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner." Spencer Tracey's issue with his daughter's proposed marriage is NOT whether his future son-in-law is perfect or not perfect. He's terrified that if they get married, they will be in certain situations that they might not be able to handle: racist society.

It is only after Katherine Hepburn's character reminds him about what it's like to be in love - and she questions whether he as an old man had in fact forgotten what it was like to be in love - does he realize that LOVE should triumph, regardless of the situation.

The question Americans face is whether or not they have forgotten their own ideals, their 1st love in saying that "we hold these truths to be self evident, that all men and women are created equal" or whether like Sean's character (at 1st) we will allow fear and circumstances keep from giving Obama a fair shake.

Our answer says way more about us than it does Obama. Did we forget our ideals? Did we ever mean them in the 1st place? We shall see...

Rick,
Brooklyn NY



In the movie
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Jill said...

Interesting. It does seem that white Americans prefer their black leaders to come in the mold of Sidney Poitier, Morgan Freeman and Bryant Gumble. Then again, I suppose all politicians have to fit a certain mainstream ideal in order to have widespread appeal. I’m still up for grabs, but Obama appeals to me far more than Clinton.

MommyWithAttitude said...

Jill I prefer Obama to Clinton too -- but I think Clinton has a better chance of actually winning the election, so I'm torn. We desperately need a progressive president, so I really want to nominate a winner, whether it's my "most favorite" person or not.

But then it doesn't look like we're in danger of the republicans coming up with too great of a candidate, but we relied on that strategy once before and...

cce said...

I'm so torn about who I should get behind in the coming election. Like you, Staci, I really juts want to get behind a winner, some Dem who can wrest this white house away from the dark side. As for work, I so want details. I'm in the middle of my own ambivalent agony over working, see my send up on
to work or not to work. I would love to hear your story.

rivergirlie said...

did you realise you'd be stirring up a hornets' nest when you wrote it? it's a bit hard to understand from a uk perspective - but very interesting, the soul-searching that's going on.
(this is my new home, btw - blogger just got a bit uncomfortable for various reasons. drop by any time!)
x

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