VOTE, Damn IT!!! And stop the FOOLISHNESS!!

I am a English-Canadian-Caribbean-New Yorker who grew up after most West Indian islands had gained independence after fighting for centuries. The conversation around the dinner table was frequently about what would happen now that so many countries had freed themselves from slavery and colonial oppression. So many conversation ended with what was going to happen to our brothers and sisters in the United States? All countries that were wired for television and radio thought the same thing. What will happen to the Americans who had finally secured their constitutional rights?? It truly angers me that after all that blood, pain and struggle, foolish folks are stuck at “is he black enough?” Have y’all lost your minds??????????

I began learning about people who gave their lives for the freedom of people of color before I started grade school. It was in the records my parents played, the Caribbean newspapers that found us in England and Canada, in the revolution that my dad’s Canadian and American friends prayed would continue. I read books that told me I was strong, beautiful and powerful while I read Shakespeare’s racial slurs in Titus, Othello and the Tempest . I am forced to ask the title of a 1970’s old school song by Billy Paul that questioned “AM I BLACK ENOUGH FOR YA?” Are we still on that?

I cannot believe that there are African American adults out there who feel Presidential Candidate Barack Obama is not black enough!!! In the words of Malcolm X (also by Sen. Obama) you have been hoodwinked. Is it coincidence that conservative talk radio and cable television made that assumption months ago! Why are you agreeing with known racist-drug addicts like Rush Limbaugh, racist degenerate gamblers like Bill Bennett and his ilk who have called Obama a “Halfican?” Do you agree with Democratic Senator Joe Biden who said “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy?” What exactly do you see when you at African Americans, JOE???? Are you going to let someone who knows nothing about our history, culture and DIVERSITY define what is “black???”

People of African decent have an incredible amount of diversity. That is a WONDERFUL thing. Our multitudinous cultural characteristics seems to be forgotten in the parts of Chicagoland area and sadly other areas of this country. Many have also forgot what poverty looks like! Being black and poor is awful in America, but to a lesser extent being poor in America sucks no matter who you are (although many may find comfort that they are not black!)

I get tired of hearing about the endangered black men when black woman are now going to jail 666% more than the last decade. There are no more paper bag clubs or churches {look it up}.W, E, B, Du Bois kidded that Walter White was 1/64th black, But White joined the KKK undercover in the 1930’s and headed the decades long anti-lynching campaign as the president of the NAACP. Is he black enough for ya?

The definitions that Europeans slavers and traders gave Africans at the start of the slave trade seem to be the same as some African American’s ideas of what is “authentically black.” If you want to read the some of 15th Century European “insights” to see how close they are to what some feel today I will be happy to send you an article.

GET THIS:
POVERTY IS NOT A BLACK CHARACTERISTIC!!!
CRIMINALITY IS NOT A BLACK CHARACTERISTIC!!!!
HAVING A CHILD OUT OF WEDLOCK OR NOT PAYING YOUR BABYMAMA ON TIME IS NOT A BLACK CHARACTERISTIC!!!!!
BEING A GANG MEMBER IS NOT A BLACK CHARACTERISTIC!!!
BEING A CRACK HEAD IS NOT A BLACK CHARACTERISTIC!!!!
BEING UNEDUCATION IS NOT A BLACK CHARACTERISTIC!!!!
BEING VIOLENT IS NOT A BLACK CHARACTERISTIC!!!!

Americans of all shapes, sizes, religion and ethnic groups do all these things! Open your eyes! Saying and believing these things puts a smile on every conservative neo-racists face.

I could go on and on (ask those who know me will attest to that I will) but if you think that the term African American have one specific meaning, you help the same conservative agenda that has stood since President Nixon was elected in 1968 by courting white southerners and all those who think that blacks had received way too many privileges in America. They have had 40 years of triumph are you going to give them more???

I am not in any way tell you who to vote for, but go out and VOTE. Your grandparents can give you better reasons than I, they lived in a world we can only imagine. If this is still confusing take a class, read a book, go to a Black History Month presentation and stop defining African Americans by the same definitions that have been used by racists for centuries!!!!!

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