January 16, 2007 Illinois Junior Senator Barack Obama formed an exploratory committee with the intention of testing the Presidential Candidacy Waters... For the next year and a half he catapulted his way from a Dream Differed to a Reality; Black America put their hopes in him, "Educated" White America fell in love with him and the rest simply could not resist the charm and mysterious steely demeanor, he even had a political agenda that everyone could get behind.
June 3, 2008 Barack Obama is called the Presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee... History has been made indeed; the publishing companies are already making new additions of school history books, celebrations are in the works, the air is thick with promise and... change... It is taking me a while to write this because of the sensitive subject in which I am about to approach...
I was on the train today and everyone was just delighted and excited but the same thing came out of their mouths... "You know there will be attacking him in the campaign because he is black"... That right there is what can be the downfall of this candidacy... Overlooking the ultimate goal what black America needs to do to assist in getting this well qualified man in office is remembering that yes this country is still teeming with racism and that may never go away. However, instead of always reverting to the "it's because he/she/we are black" mantra that has become a crutch; when Barack is attacked , attack back with why he is the "best person" for the job. If you don't know why he is the best person find out research all of his accomplishments, his diplomatic outreach, his benchmarks during his state legislator career etc. Ask what an Obama administration needs to acomplish to make this country flourish again (make public education viable again, make good healthcare attainable, make working class America worthwhile again, make the country safe and not a constant target because we need to bully everybody.
I could go on and on, but I have work to do... So I am going to leave you with the above food for thought as the General Election commence and the true battle begins.
"Growth is always worth the price you pay, because the alternative is a limited life with unfulfilled potential"- Anonymous