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Monday, January 19, 2009

RF23 - MLK Day; Color or Character

RF23 - MLK Day; Color or Character

Ever since MLK Day was signed into law; most folks who have the day off, treat it as that, a day off. And ever since Obama was [s] elected president, this 2009 MLK Day is supposed to be extra special for black folk.


Because tomorrow, the nation [media] will swear in it's first man of color, not all the way white as it's 44th president. Now being the history buff I am, I got to respect the history of this media made event and take it as it is.

Ground breaking.

But is it really a victory for black americans? Is it really overcoming or the promised land, Dr. King spoke so eloquently about?

I don't think so. As a matter of fact, to me it's a slap in the face to black americans and even more so an insult to Dr. King and his legacy (Like any of the past mishaps by black americans is a surprise or equally insulting).

Dr. King said that blacks [in the struggle of the 50 and 60's] should be judged by the CONTENT of their CHARACTER and not by the COLOR of his skin. If you think that the [s]election of obama was by the content of his character by 96% of all blacks. I got a bridge to sell you. It wasn't! and I've had many a conversation with many blacks who voted for obama, who can't tell me what his core issues for the race was about. Not one! Oh they had takes like he's the smartest man on the planet, but when they're hit with "he nor has anyone in his camp produced test scores or grades like they said they were going to produce." ahhh pass.

So this brings me to this, Character.

We know he spent 20 years in a church, where hate sermons were given. Pass! all of sudden those type of sermons are heard every Sunday in black churches and apparently the few times, I've gone, the preacher softened his tone and preached love, forgiveness and salvation.

We know he spent a considerable amount of years as a community organizer. Pass! given information that all his projects either failed nor didn't happen. I'm informed that that pesky organization that was identified in Keenan Ivory Wayon's movie, "I'm Gonna Git U Sucka" and "Undercover Brotha" was holding obama back.

We know that in Illinois, the practice of pay to play is part of the political corruption in that state and when its Governor was arrested for doing it in regard to obama's vacated senate seat. Obama received a pass and a look in a different direction or the "OK," when he GAVE his own report saying that he had nothing to do with Blagoivich.

Now with that just alone, that would have torpedoed any "white" candidate, republican or democrat. Somehow all of the above slid off obama like he was teflon.

Is someone going to stand up and say "I voted for obama because he was black?"

Probably not. Because that would mean that you judged him by the color of his skin and ignored his character.

Checkered or not.

Which means we haven't overcome.

RF23 aka JC Lewis, Jr.

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