Time to Really Get Real …

Posted in Uncategorized by groffellison on June 5, 2008

There was no “Brown Bomber Moment” yesterday or anything similar to that painful day when cats jumped up and down over O.J. Simpson’s acquittal.  None of that.  The celebration was muted.  Emails here and there; screams of joy into pillows; perhaps a quick tap dance in the living room. 

Really: we’re not there, yet.  It’s time to get to business.

Enough of getting starstruck over “Black firsts.”  Those dusty old Black History comic books that touted what had long become obscure African American achievements and “firsts” in a number of fields can not touch this.  The stakes are as high as they’ve been since … Jamestown.  Independent Women’s Forum President Michelle Bernard went for categorical euphoria in this statement in

“Barack Obama is now the Democratic party’s presumtive nominee. He has achieved something in American presidential politics that many Americans, both black and white, never thought possible,” Bernard told

“As has been said my many, slavery was our great nation’s original sin,” she said. Yet out of the darkness in which our nation was conceived, Jim Crow, lynchings, and the race based murders of civil rights leaders like Medgar Evers and Martin Luther King, we have seen African Americans of both the Democratic and Republican parties elected as local and state officials and Members of Congress and appointed as cabinet secretaries.”

“However, for many, the possibility of an African-American president was just a dream,” Bernard added. “In 2008, the American public has unequivocally demonstrated that in America, anything is possible. As a nation, we continue to move towards Martin Luther King’s dream that our children will not ‘be judged on the color of their skin, but on the content of their character.'”

Sorry: it’s hard to get on board with the platitudes.  Obama clinched this through pure calculation, political mastery and flawless organization mixed with tight fundraising skill. Let’s not kid ourselves.  Black people need to see this for what it is and continue to learn how the game can be perfected.  Listen, learn, take notes.  The point is that we’ll have to dispense with the civil rights nostalgia, give momentary thanks to the ancestors and move on into the realm of political power and maturity.  Securing the nomination won’t mean much if the man doesn’t get the key to the White House. This isn’t an NAACP Image Award or a chesse grin on the cover of Ebony. There’s a lot of work to do. This is the battle for the leader of the Free World.  This is it.  Time to get real.


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