Friday, December 11, 2009

White People Say Obama Fails Black People and Some Black People Believe It Because They're Naive

Somewhere in this post you'll read that I think Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh are Tweedledee and Tweedledum, but I didn't know I thought that until the thought flowed from my head in a stream of consciousness response on Laina Dawes's post about Obama taking heat for black unemployment. Laina's not one of those people seeing black unemployment in simplistic terms. She's a black Canadian who never bought the Magic Negro mystique, but I know some black people and white people did.

And in all this there are also some white people who believed in nothing. They're only playing games for hits and ratings.

The Tweedledee and Tweedledum old nursery rhyme goes:
Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Agreed to have a battle;
For Tweedledum said Tweedledee
Had spoiled his nice new rattle.
Just then flew down a monstrous crow,
As black as a tar-barrel;
Which frightened both the heroes so,
They quite forgot their quarrel.

Read more about this classic pair from children's nursery rhymes as well as Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass, and Alice in Wonderland at Wikipedia. Tweedledee and Tweedledum always agree even when they are agreeing to fight. Think on that for a while in terms of Beck and Limbaugh. When it comes to anything black, they stand together.

Actually, I don't know what Glenn Beck is saying about black people and unemployment, if anything. He's on my mind because he was one of Barbara Walters's "most fascinating" people of 2009. Sorry, Babs, but I don't find anything intriguing about a white man of mediocre talent rising to power by bashing a black man everyday and promoting conspiracy theories. It's kind of the American Way and not so unusual.

And no, Babs, your including Tyler Perry on your list and then selecting Michelle Obama as the "Most Fascinating Person of 2009" doesn't make up for Beck being on your list. You know I'm right.

I'm sure, since Beck's said President Obama is a racist in an attempt to terrify white people and since Limbaugh takes credit for Beck's success, that they'll probably have similar commentary on black unemployment at some point. Rush is trying to hold the President accountable on black unemployment. Hahahahahah!

Yes, the same Rush Limbaugh who told white people that under Obama white children would be beaten up by black children and so school buses should be segregated, I guess, is concerned that black people are having a hard time economically. Obama is not doing any favors for black people in particular, it seems, and this fact may let a few of Limbaugh's Ditto Heads see behind the curtain. Perhaps they'll realize Limbaugh is insane for themselves, and the facts of life don't support his cock-eyed theories that Obama's some kind of black revolutionary.

I single out these two, Beck and Limbaugh, because I think they mirror the white conservative mental state. However, I think my commentary below also pokes white progressives a bit and perhaps some black people too, the ones who thought Obama was going to do something policy wise specifically for black people. You know who you are. Realistic black people, however, didn't ever believe this.

Here's what I said at BlogHer:

I probably have more to say on this, but what I've been thinking is how intriguing it is to see the MSM, the same folks who pushed the crazy theory that we are now "post racial" because Obama's been elected are now writing pieces that they never would have written if a white man were in office. The black community has always had pneumonia when white America has a cold, and when the onus of that is laid largely at the door of a white power structure's policies, ones established over hundreds of years, they scream it's too complicated a problem and not really their fault at all. Somehow they've been able to separate in their minds long-term policies and institutional racism from expected results.

More proof that we've got a nation in denial and a whole lot of folks in need of critical thinking classes is the number of people who seem to have bought some fantasy that a black man in the White House makes the White House black. One black man does this? WOW!

What do we learn from this? We learn that they really want to believe in the Magic Negro who can wave a wand and make everything okay. And with that, I'm not speaking of the song promoted by Limbaugh but the original article that the song "borrowed."

I hope smart people are paying attention, especially those who keep saying they're not racists or have not been influenced by a racist society.

But should Obama do something about black unemployment? Yes, he should, as should have every other president before him.

And what did I say on Twitter last night? "Will Obama get back to office if he is not SuperN*gg*r? Remember SN must be 3X better than white guy at same job & a magic Negro."

That shows my age. I remember when my mother used to talk about Super N*gg*r syndrome back in the 60s.

Obama should be watched as carefully as we've watched anybody else, but some of us know that until a black man went into office we didn't watch Washington at all.

The same brown skin that contributed to his election is the same brown skin contributing to unreasonable critiques. He hasn't even been in office a year and almost since day one we've seen the wild horses attached to each of his limbs sent in opposite directions. Conservatives boiled over in a negative 19 days up to the same the level of vitriol about this president that took more than four years for progressives to build against GWB.

All I know is I said before he was in office, back in June of 2008, that he's only human, and he's a game player, as are all politicians. Anyone who ignored that fact of his being is a fool.

And what is it exactly that Obama should do for the black community that will not have people like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh go on air and say, "See, we told you he was a racist." Oh, the noise of Tweedledee and Tweedledum.

Frankly, I've been by some black bloggers' posts who've asked in the past what will Obama do for black people in terms of policy and told them they were fooling themselves if they thought he was going to do anything on which we could put a "black" sticker. He's been very clear about that. Why do people expect otherwise? I can't think of any speech where he has promised anything to the black community.

The promise of Barack Obama for the black community has been that he would go in and be ordinary in spite of extraordinary expectations based on the melanin in his skin, that his time in office would prove a black man could be president and not blow up the country. To think he would be a superior president because he is black is actually a twisted kind of racism. To think he would be inferior because he is black is standard. (That's me reflecting on some of the craziness I've observed in different sectors.)

On New Orleans: Obama shouldn't take care of New Orleans for any other reason than it's a major port city without which the country will fail and it was screwed over by the Army Corps of Engineers, a Federal entity.

The failure of Bush to act properly regarding the city when it first flooded revealed the level of racial inequalities in this country to the sleeping, but the neglect of the city over many years and the continued framing of the crisis mostly in racial terms shows we are blinded by color to the point of mismanaging valuable assets.

And Laina, you are so on point with the perception that he is black so "don't hate." It's true he's half white, but since when has being half white made you not black in America? I know you've seen what supposedly "color blind" Limbaugh has said about Tiger Woods. When sh*t goes wrong, the one drop law always goes back on the books. ;-)

In conclusion of this post

You know, there are a couple of white female conservative trolls who say I write rants. Anyone who's read my stuff over the last few years at Whose Shoes are These Anyway knows I don't write rants often. Some people don't know the difference between powerful, passionate words and a rant and I'm not sure why some people think labeling commentary as a rant makes anything in that commentary less valid.

Anyway, on this post, I'll apologize to my feminist friends in advance because I'm now going to use a word I generally avoid. I must say to these conservative trolls, if they're reading, "That's right, bitchez. That was a rant!"


msladydeborah said...

I have some questions about the Black unemployment numbers. Is the rate higher because of the type of jobs that so many people once held? Or are the rates higher because a lot of Black people do not have the skills for the jobs that are currently hiring?

Should we totally blame Obama? NO.
Nor should Black folks believe that he has to be our economic Moses. Yes, I do think that our communities are due their fair share of our Uncle Sammy's money. I have believed for a long time that we should of been paying more attention to developing our national economic plan instead of standing in line with our hands out.

I never stopped believing the Super N theory. That's probably because I had to adapt that mentality myself.

It seems that Limbaugh and company are miffed over the fact that Obama is still liked-even in these crazy times. I see this latest statement of outrage as the atypical divide and conqueror tactics that have been used for years.

Megan said...

I haven't even tried to write about Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck because to be honest I hate even typing their names. I am so sick of Obama getting it from all sides for problems that he did not create.

Yes he's president now so it's all in his lap but he will not be able to fix everything.

Black people need to understand that and white people also. And just turn off the radio and TV when those who shall remain nameless come on.

RiPPa said...

Rush also said earlier this year that racism was imagined. He added that it is a figment of the imagination of people like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and tree hugging Liberals.

Imagine that.

However, it is my belief that we have every right as a people - CBC included - to hold the president's feet to the fire on this issue.

The truth is, funds have been slow to trickle down to urban centers predominantly made up of people of color. Even worse is that there isn't an oversight mechanism in place to even tell where the Rescue & Recovery money went.

Obama asked to be held accountable when he campaigned and that is what we should all do instead of making excuses. If I remember correctly "no excuses" was his m,essage to Black folks, wasn't it?

Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams said...

Yes, Rippa, but not one time did he address black people directly with a message to hold him accountable on a black agenda. You know if he had done that he wouldn't be in office right now. In fact, every time he addressed matters related to "black problems" he turned it into a black people need to take responsibility message.

He always gives the appeaser message, as he did in Africa, "Yes there's injustice, but you know you black folk have to do your part too. No excuses."

Nevertheless, we need to lobby him to do right by the blood in his veins and not always run from taking a stand on what he knows must be addressed as far as policies affecting us unfairly go. And that's a helluva lot of policy. Can one man be expected to address it all?

He also said he would be big on revitalizing urban communities, America's Cities. So far I don't know that he's done anything on that except open the urban policy office. But I haven't done the research I need to do.

Still, anyone who actually believes he will be the "black" president hasn't been paying attention to the words coming from his mouth.

Finally, to President Barack Obama, I say, speaking of the kind of platform on which he ran, "Remember this saying: Blessed is the man who sits on the fence. He shall be shot from both sides." Make that cursed.

Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams said...

Thanks, Deborah and Megan, for your visit. Megan, folks are not going to turn of Limbaugh or Beck. They appeal to the lesser angels of our humanity and there's always people who eat that stuff up, believing every word or getting confused by the double talk until they're paralyzed.

Derailed Poet said...

Yayyyyy, rant on. lol You've earned it. Racism, I fear will always be, sad but probably true. xx