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Response to OverBurn (Reply #14)

Sat Sep 8, 2012, 09:15 AM

27. It's only because you're not Black that you didn't understand

 

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I assume you're White. Could be wrong but I think it's a pretty accurate assumption.
Because of your background you don't intimately understand what it's like to be a Black person in America.
You may have sympathy & empathy but that daily experience is lost on you simply because you don't live this reality day to day.

Same thing with men not understanding what women go through on a daily basis or women not understanding what men go through on a daily basis.
Same thing with people with aversion to heat not understanding people with aversion to cold & vice versa.
You only know the skin you're in...if THAT.

I'm Black & I bet you money that every Black person you know felt more or less the same as I did when Barack took office.
We KNEW he would be under siege CONSTANTLY!
We worry about somebody breaking past Secret Service & doing the unthinkable. CONSTANTLY!
This reality softens my anger with some bad policies he enacted or continued.
See if he goes too far too fast, he puts himself & his family at risk.

See to me the reality of his life & his family's life being threatened explains his reticence in pushing forward in a STRONG Progressive direction. His background shows me that it is within him. We all know it is. That's why we voted for him.
But even going halfway, the devious ones want to take his life.

I WISH Obama acted as socialist as they accuse him of being.
But even playing the Third Way tactics, he's under siege.
JFK, MLK, & RFK aren't far from his mind.

I expected his life to be in danger just from being the 1st Black President alone.
My background as a Black man in this country makes this knowledge instinctual.
He knows what was on the line when he made that run which is why I got disappointed with him for backing off on certain political fights.
But I had to check myself because I know the threats were constant & it has to wear on a man after awhile.
That's why I got over my early disappointment & got back on board.

I'm not surprised racism has seeped back to the surface.
It never left guys. It's always been a thin veneer.
This country was built on the degradation of "The Others".
Look on Wikipedia to understand what inspired Marcus Garvey's UNIA flag.
This ain't no "post-racial" society yet but Obama's position as President will help that society come along faster.

Hopefully with his 2nd term he will have more political capital to unleash his full power.
I KNOW he is The One to change the direction of this country. I gotta look at the long game & understand what is at stake.

Overburn, when Obama is re-elected expect even MORE unchecked racist comments from people you know.
They're gonna lose it when he gets his 2 terms.
It's gonna get worse before it gets better.
John Lucas

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