The Obama Problem: Black, and Unaware of it…
The way this president has been mocked since he first announced his candidacy has been ( from the perspective of a conscious Black Man ) beyond intolerable. Every dehumanizing tactic, stereotypical image, and derogatory slur ever conceived of since the inception of American Slavery has been leveled at this man, and he has reacted with denial and delusion. The brief opportunity he has been afforded to shed light on the systematic inequalities and prejudices that plaque this society is dwindling rapidly, as is his validity as a representative of the under-represented to begin with.
It’s easy for me to recognize Obama’s problem. Perhaps, because it’s a problem I’ve had to address myself. The truth of the matter is all of our perceptions and beliefs are formed from the society we were raised and live in, and as a result Barack suffers from the same delusions most Americans do. Since this country’s inception it has been necessary to create fairy tales to substitute for the horrendous crimes against man and God that bore the society we live in today, and that practice has not abated one iota. These multitudinous multi-dimensional falsehoods combine to form the belief system of the people of this country, and it is so diametrically opposed to the truth that it prevents them from seeing any reality at all – even ( or especially ) when it is staring them in the face.
The fact that this president’s perception of reality is based on “American History” has been apparent for quite a long time. For instance throughout his tortuous campaign, Obama ( among other things ) made it abundantly clear that he was not a threat to the incomprehensibly false version of slavery and its impact on / contribution to / foundation of the society we live in. The most fundamental denial of this society as a whole is the reality of its dependence on slavery to exist, and sustaining that delusion is of critical importance to the ruling forces that have thrived on it for centuries.
His ignorance and / or denial of this reality have been displayed on numerous occasions. Not the least of which was his Colonial Inaugural Address.
“We the people have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.”
“We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense”
“For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.”
“They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.”
None of these statements would be shocking coming from an American president, were it not for the fact that he is Black. The fact that a Black Man could make such petty and fleeting references to the centuries of horrors experienced by the millions of slaves at the root of this country’s wealth and power ( and the builders of the house in which he now resides ), or the millions of natives eradicated during the “settling” of the West, is clear evidence of the American Propaganda he has adopted in place of the truth.
He provided an even more astonishing and disturbing example when confronted with the reality of the five-hundred year-old slave facility ( Cape Coast Castle ), in Ghana. His bewildering inability and ineptitude in searching for “meaning” was painful to watch.
COOPER: “As you — as you walk around this castle, what goes through your mind?”
OBAMA: “Well, obviously, it’s a powerful moment for not just myself but I think for Michelle and the girls. You know, I’m reminded of the same feeling I got when I went to Buchenwald with Elie Wiesel.”
COOPER: “How would you explain it to Sasha and Malia?”
OBAMA: “Well, you know, you try to explain that people were willing to degrade others because they appeared differently, and, you know, you tried to actually get them to engage in the imaginative act of what it would be like if they were snatched away from mom and dad and sent to someplace they had never seen before.”
What an embarrassing representation, and a shocking display of ignorance. As telling as it is that he is incapable of reflecting on the atrocities of slavery without first referencing the ( apparently more significant ) holocaust, what is most disturbing is that he is capable of making that comparison at all. It’s like comparing an apple to the ocean. How can he compare the experiences of a group of people ( who were by no means all Jews – Blacks didn’t escape that horror either ) over a four year period, to the horrific multi-millennial institution of slavery that has “evolved” into the system we now call Capitalism?
The answer is fairly simple, and it applies to all colonized countries. He suffers from the same form of Stockholm syndrome that all American Blacks do. Because our true history was erased from our consciousness, we have been forced to adopt the culture and beliefs of the captors’ society. It is the reason that he believes this is the “land of the free,” it is the reason he believes in the “founding fathers,” and it is the reason that any Black Man in this country worships Jesus Christ – in the form he is presented. We have no home, founders, or god of our own.
His unwillingness to recognize this is not just an issue of personal identity failure, and it has already caused irreparable and immeasurable loss of opportunity. The wave of humanity that brought him to the Whitehouse, did so with the expectation that he would genuinely represent the unrepresented in this country, and that he would ( at very least ) attempt to bring some semblance of equality to this society. His representation ( intentional or unintentional ) was a fraud, and his inability to face the realities of his own origins ( whether it be the Kenyan father that he never knew, or his brother that lives in a hut ), has left all of the people who depended on him to be of like-mind, still without representation, and without any energy or resources to seek a new champion.
His denial and avoidance of matters of race during his campaign set the racial equality movement back exponentially, and racially motivated incidents and statements ( not the least of which are the ones directed at him ), are sharply on the rise. However, ever since the President had the nerve to say that the Cambridge Police Department ( Officer James Crowley ) “acted stupidly” in arresting Gates , the issue he tries so desperately to avoid, is facing him once again.
The hoards who have been so vocally “offended” by the mere suggestion that an officer of the law could possibly harbor prejudices or could possibly lie about the incident, have used this reaction to stifle dissent and protect their unjust status-quo society in every single instance where the reality of fairness has arisen. The mere suggestion ( no matter how many thousands of documented examples we can reference ) has drawn hellfire from every direction. For the sake of clarity however, I will site two more applicable examples that ( were I having a sane conversation, in a sane country ) should put an end to the diversionary outrage and focus us squarely on reality.
For those who refuse to believe that an “officer of the law” would falsify an incident report, then you probably have never had an encounter with the police of any kind. Dash-cam video of this officer ( Joel Francisco ) just released this morning shows clearly the matter-of-fact nature of this officer’s decision to fabricate the incident report, and that his priority is the protection of the other officer’s driving record as opposed to the law. Considering the almost meaningless nature of the original accident, one doesn’t have to strain to imagine what happens under more serious or “public” circumstances.
For those of you that wish to believe that officers in this country ( Cambridge or anywhere else ) are beyond racism ( no mater how many thousands of documented examples we can reference ), take a look at how officer Justin Barrett reacted to one reporters view on the Gates arrest.
“If I was the officer that he assaulted like a banana eating jungle monkey, I would have sprayed him in the face with OC deserving of belligerent non-compliance.”
“That paragraph was as pathetic as jungle monkey jibberish.”
“Gates who’s great success has allowed him to transcend the racial divide, to which I ask, when did he transcend? He indeed transcended back to a bumbling jungle monkey, thus he forever tremains amid this nation’s great social / racial divide that makes it a free and great nation mixed with crazy and awkward differences. Go ahead. ax me what I think? Gates is a goddamed fool and you the article writer simply a poor follower and maybe worse, a poor writer. Your article title should read CONDUCT UNBECOMING A JUNGLE MONKEY-BACK TO ONES ROOTS.” JB
Bear in mind that this is written ( verbatim ) by a self-described former English teacher, writer, current police officer, father, husband, and military veteran. The usual type of “unimpeachable authority” that black people ( and all minorities ) are forced to contend with on a daily basis, and if it were one day earlier, this officer would be above reproach as well.
With that in mind, let’s look at a one simple fact. Now that Lucia Whalen ( who was not the woman who observed these men initially, but was the one who called 911 on her behalf ) has made her statement, it is quite apparent that officer James Crowley fabricated the entire conversation he claimed to have with her. This alleged conversation is documented in the “incident report.”
“As I reached the door, a female voice called out to me. I turned and looked in the direction of the voice and observed a white female, later identified as Lucia Whalen. Whalen, who was standing on the sidewalk in front of the residence, held a wireless telephone in her hand and told me that it was she who called. ( end of reality ) She went on to tell me that she observed what appeared to be two black males with backpacks on the porch of xx Ware Street. She told me that her suspicions were aroused when she observed one of the men wedging his shoulder into the door as if he was trying to force entry. Since I was the only police officer on location and had my back to the front door as I spoke with her, I asked that she wait for the other responding officers while I investigated further.”
None of this happened, and Lucia Whalen stated that she said nothing to the officer – except to identify herself as the caller. The rest is obviously fabricated for “probable cause.”
Based on that information alone, there is no reason to believe the rest of this officer’s account either ( and neither should any court ). If he could “mis-remember” having an entire conversation with someone he has never met, I’m not going to believe him when he says a Black Harvard Professor ( who – as officer Justin Barrett’s comments confirm – has cause to fear for his life in such situations ) was talking about doing something to the officer’s “mama.”
But you can bet everyone else ( including apparently, Colin Powell ) will continue to believe it, and the lie has become the narrative. “How dare this black man speak to an officer this way.” However, I assure you that Gates was not the only Black Man wrongfully arrested on that day, and the characterizations this officer made about Gates behavior can likely be found on most of their “incident reports.” It’s not a new “excuse” for arresting Black Men by any stretch of the imagination, and if the culture wasn’t in denial about that reality for the last couple of hundred years, we wouldn’t see this occur every day.
So as the preposterous affront continues with U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, a Republican from Michigan, proposing legislation demanding that President Obama formally “apologize” to the Cambridge Police Department, it’s long past time for Obama to make a stand. When his own Reverend ( Wright ) was speaking on these very issues Obama threw him to the racist wolves over some sound-bites, Instead of standing up for the truth. His avoidance has given free reign to the likes of Glen Beck to openly call him a racist, and ( the colonized ) Michelle Malkin to assault him and his wife on morning television. Instead of having a beer in support of the racist status quo, both of these Black Men need to make a stand for those of us who are not in such “supposed” positions of power.
The Beer Summit
The shameful display that was the beer summit succeeded in demonstrating only one thing. Still, no one is willing to be ( openly ) honest about what is going on. Officer Crowley’s antiseptic press conference in which he announced that they “agreed to disagree” left a bigger void than staying silent would have, while Gates’ attempt at diminishing the gravity of the event through “levity,” only succeeded in revealing the impact the traumatic event had on his subconscious and dream state.
Perhaps no so surprisingly, officer Barrett ( who called Professor Gates a “banana-eating jungle monkey” ) seems to be the only one who feels his “civil rights” have been violated, and is also the only one who thinks he has a right to do anything about it. While he sues the Police commissioner and the Mayor for “conspiring to intentionally inflict emotional distress,” the latest conspiratorial racial assault circulating is nothing more than an updated version of Sambo ( or Sambama – the Socialist Joker ) in black-face. Figuring out who is behind these efforts and what motivates them is not hard, and Obama’s continued lack of awareness and response ( particularly the lack of a “Post Summit” comment at all ) is, unfortunately, typical.
As much as the media, the government, the corporation, and people in general would like to “move on” in continued denial ( something that is rapidly becoming and Obama trademark ), the issue is never, ever going to resolve itself or diminish one iota until this global society is willing to face the truth. The lack of understanding of slavery, prejudice, and the global cast system prevents the masses from recognizing their own indentured servitude, and keeps them defending the people and policies that keep them enslaved to begin with.
Once again this core issue is slipping from mainstream consciousness, but the hate and rage that fueled the civil war has never gone far. Considering Professor Gates has had to change his email address, has been afraid to return to his home, and is being encouraged by Harvard University to move as a result of the continued threats on his life, then I would say this “issue” is far from resolved.
So much for the pathetic attempt at a “teaching moment.”
Last Update: 09-15-09 – Link added
Obama’s uncomfortable visit to 500 year old Ghana slave prison ( Cape Coast Castle ) http://ow.ly/iBsz
Obama goes to Buchenwald http://ow.ly/iBvH
Obama-Haters Becoming Increasingly Racial In Their Rhetoric http://ow.ly/izsk
Officer Joel Fransisco’s dash-cam video of plan to fake incident report http://ow.ly/izy6
Text of officer Justin Barrett’s racist email http://ow.ly/iygE
Police Incident Report http://ow.ly/iwiv
The Missed Message of Reverend Wright http://ow.ly/iKek
Cambridge Police Radio Calls In Gates Case http://ow.ly/iwtU
Lucia Whalen on Gates Arrest: Press Conference http://ow.ly/iwzg
Listen: 911 “Gates’ Call To Cambridge Police http://ow.ly/iwsZ
Glen Beck and Michelle Malkin “racist” comments http://ow.ly/ixQG
Rep. McCotter’s resolution demanding Obama “apologize” to Cambridge police http://ow.ly/ixBL
Cambridge Cop Sgt. Crowley Holds Press Conference After “Beer Summit” http://ow.ly/j8cp
Gates speaks raw video http://ow.ly/j8gY
Suspended Boston police officer Barrett sues commissioner, mayor http://ow.ly/j8lP
Obama Joker Poster Popping Up In Los Angeles http://ow.ly/j9so
Obama, the Socialist Joker http://ow.ly/j9hR
More Obama the Socialist Joker Art http://ow.ly/j9n5
Henry Louis Gates’ Daughter: “Now It’s An Issue Of Race” http://ow.ly/j9qQ
Update 9-15-09: Group to Review Henry Gates Incident http://ow.ly/pyGJ