Friday, October 30, 2009
CNN - Black Men In The Age Of Obama
"It has changed the way we are looked at" said Farrah Gray.
Let's analyze this statement.
"We are looked at".......BY WHOM?
Clearly Brother Gray is talking about some force that is external to Black men, making note of Obama's electoral success and then making an inference about what Black men as a whole are able to do.
I am forced to fundamentally challenge this claim.
(Note out of fairness: This is one snippet of an entire interview with Farrah Gray. Since the segment did not broadcast yet I am not able to make my analysis on the complete set of words. At the same time the fact that the video editors chose this one snippet is also telling.)
The key flaw in this focus on what others thing about Black men is that it doesn't focus upon Black men and anything in particular that we have done since Obama took office. Worse yet, the discussions about how Obama is going to affect Black men upon his election was filled with unrealistic assumptions of "Obama Magically Gravitational Pull of Induction" upon others.
I am still searching the web to find an editorial cartoon that was published near the election of Barack Obama. It showed a little Black boy watching television as Obama is at the podium and he is reading a book. The inference is that the sight of Obama's successful election would give him the staying power to remain in school.
The central criticism that I have about this is that it dispenses of "Process" in favor of "Passion". Favorable views of Barack Obama appearently is all that is necessary for our people to succeed. In as much as Barack Obama operates within the American Political Domain - it stands to reason that some enforcers (I call them "Black Attack Sheep Dogs" who latch on to 'wayward sheep') are inclined to make the case "If you disagree with Barack Obama then you disagree with the development of Black people".
Just imagine if White America had this same disposition with respect to the question of voting for 'the White guy or the Black guy' in last year's election? IF they would be rightfully called "racists" what should we call the segments of Black people who frequently traffick in this same dogma?
The problem that I have as I anticipate this latest CNN "ethnic documentary" is that they will try to craft a "new Black revolution" on the back of Obama without noting that most of our day to day threats come from other Black folks who only paused their disfunctional ways in celebration of Obama, back when the transition took place between November and February. Last time I checked Young Jeezy is back to making ignorant songs again despite "My President Is A Black Man".
It is clear that our people have a "Human Resource Management" problem. The ability to transport a group of people from where they presently stand to where they claim they want to be is done by specific processes. Too much of our present order fuses our racial interests in with the political schemes of those who operate in the American Political System.
Without more widespread involvement of more Black people in our mobilization effort - we will be subject to the promises made by others who seek our vote that if we provide them with it that we will receive some benefit. There is little change that is asked of us.
This is a recipe for continued exploitation and grievances.