OK, now that I have given a picture overload, what do you think these pictures have in common?
Well, they portray obvious and “honorary I guess” black people. I’m going here for a reason. Many, many, black people have this “well they are not black enough…” mentality. I hear this often when black people criticize Sen. Obama often, but you better believe Condi Rice and Colin Powell also get the same remarks. Ironically, some of the same people will call Bill Clinton “the first black president”. So I’m wondering, what in the world is black enough? Is it a political party, because you all know blacks are supposed to be democrats. Is it skin tone, because you know we still have the light-skinned versus dark-skinned foolishness in our minds. Is it education, because apparently unless you go to a historically black college, your “acting white”. What is it?
Out of those pictures who’s the standard of “blackness”? Is it Condi Rice or Minister Farrakhan? Al Sharpton or President Clinton?
I’m so tired of this foolishness. This post is supposed to be multi-faceted. On one hand I want to expose the lame criticism of Sen. Obama, on the other hand, I really want us to think about the craziness we allow in our heads trying to define something that we can’t control.
Malcolm X said it best:
“……They don’t hang you because you’re a Baptist; they hang you ’cause you’re black. They don’t attack me because I’m a Muslim; they attack me ’cause I’m black. They attack all of us for the same reason; all of us catch hell from the same enemy. We’re all in the same bag, in the same boat. We suffer political oppression, economic exploitation, and social degradation — all of them from the same enemy…..”
Ballot or the Bullet, delivered April 12, 1964
We would be wise as black people to heed those words. Black people are probably the only group of people in the world worrying about one another’s “blackness”. Yet, all of us from the homeless guy in Washington, DC to Oprah Winfrey have been discriminated against. This is not a “woe is me” speech, but a wake-up call to the foolish among who continue to propagate this foolishness. I hear it on black radio every morning. Just when you get some intelligent conversation going, someone inevitably calls in with challenges to another’s blackness.
Let’s make a pledge to make more intelligent comments. Questioning one’s blackness should be equal to using profane language. It is said that one uses profanity when there is nothing intelligent left to say and I believe those who challenge blackness do exactly the same thing.
If you don’t like Sen Obama, Colin Powell, the Secretary of State, then question their statements, policies, votes, beliefs, etc. but please, please, please, say something more meaningful and lasting. If you don’t have anything to actually debate or nothing intelligent to say, just be quiet, that’s the wisest advice a fellow black person can give to you.
P.S. the same applies to OJ Simpson and Clarence Thomas (I know, I know,) but in the interest of neutrality, we have to be fair… 🙂