Sunday, May 24, 2009

Obama's Memorial Day Controversy: We Can't Even Eat Barb-b-que in Peace

From "Obama's Memorial Day controversy plus 5 books about black soldiers":
What's an American holiday without a little controversy? Memorial Day is no different, and a little hornet's nest is lodged in this year's celebration because for the first time the presidential tradition of sending a wreath to Arlington's Confederate Memorial will be carried out by the nation's first African-American president.
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Blue State Cowgirl said...

Great article Nordette.

My comment after your full article was cut off, but I wanted to recommend more reading. The autobiography of Henry Ossian Flipper "A Colored Cadet at West Point".

Born into slavery, Flipper became the first Black graduate of West Point in 1877, even after enduring horrendous prejudice and bad treatment. He was eventually stripped of his commission after trumped up embezzlement charges, but continued to live a life of dignity and petition for his reinstatement. Clinton eventual posthumously reinstated his commission.

West Point now grants the Henry O. Flipper Award to cadets who exhibit "leadership, self-discipline, and perseverance in the face of unusual difficulties."

Vérité Parlant said...

Thank you. They must've put some kind of limit on comments b/c mine was cut off too. :-)

PPR_Scribe said...

Great article. We will never know until years after he has left office all of the internal struggles Obama has had (and will continue to have) to go through related to ignorant, racist "traditions" and rituals of the presidency. The fact is, we would not have been questioning any of this if our current president were another White person.