First. I want to commend the post by James relating a picture of Barack Obama and a young black brother. To me, my family and all of those I work with, a picture of a POSSIBLE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES CARING FOR THE WELL BEING OF A YOUNG BLACK MAN IS ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF MY LIFE. The idea that a relationship between politico and the perpetually oppressed can begin a transformation in this country deserves more acknowledgment and respect than I feel was given.
I started a new post because I do not feel that what I want to say should be relegated to a comment section, nor do I feel that it would do this site or the political discourse contained within any justice to add a simple comment.
FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS.
Most importantly I think that to reduce the possibility contained in the picture to a political viewpoint is fickle. However mad you are at the results of the primary, please, for the future's sake do not go so far as to pretend what is happening does not matter. The idea that a President of the United States would actually care for the well being of young black men is astonishing.
The comments were so politically fractured. Clinton v Obama. Let's examine the issue of race, the candidates and this picture a little closer.
Anyone familiar with the "Superpredator" Legislation?
Please note that the superpredator legislation, and in part some welfare reform was shaped and helped through the system by the Clintons, Hilary being a major factor of. This legislation, if you are unfamiliar with it, is the some of the most racist, fearmongering drivel put forth since Jim Crow. Oops. Not as not racist as we thought........
The list goes on.
There are also a number of books available on the subject. I prefer "The Condemnation of Little B" By Elaine Brown, a former Black Panther.
As a white son of a white mother who married a black man and had a biracial child and the subsequent white brother of a black man I want to also extend my distaste for the comments concerning how Obama was raised. I'm sorry, maybe I am out of touch, but I didn't realize that having white people raise you makes life easier for a black person. Wait, I guess by the same logic, would a white person raised by black people would have it harder???????????
My sarcasm is masking my anger. Do not pretend that having white parents makes a person any less black, or vice versa or to any other degree. It is a ridiculous notion to think that Obama had it easy growing up. Institutional racism doesn't give a fuck if your parents are white. Just as much as Institutional Sexism doesn't give a fuck if your husband was the President.
Maybe I am overreacting, but at least hear me.
I have been reading BlueNC for some time, and while race is not a frequent discussion point, I hope that we, you, us attempt to make some strides and see beyond ourselves concerning this issue. At this point we need to recognize what we see and what we don't. I hope we recognize more of what we never knew was there.
We may "know" Clinton, but I don't like what I "know". The opportunity for something better is the only thing that keeps me going at times.
This country has a lot of young men in it's prisons. Maybe that will change.