if you make bomb ass pancakes, you are an option for my life partner. i wish i were joking, but i'm just not.
First of all, it makes me angry that any of this is an issue in the first place. The Supreme Court and the State of Hawaii, along with (I’m sure) numerous other committees and judicial bodies have confirmed that the short form of Obama’s birth certificate is valid. Were Obama to be white, or if he perhaps had a less “suspicious” name, I’m certain that nobody would question his citizenship. It’s obviously racial, and completely uncalled for.
But what really makes me angry is how much people are focusing on the issue in general. I know I am focusing on it now, which may seem hypocritical, but it does have a larger point.
How are people failing to see that things like this are the root of the problem with the way America works. Our entire nation is so petty and selfish, so focused on beating others down for personal gain rather than building up for the gain of the nation. I think this has, in many ways, been created and exacerbated by the bipartisan system, and it’s scary to think that perhaps we are in too deep to realize what’s happened. We’ve lost our focus on things that are significant and are willing to nitpick at the opposing side in an effort to make them fall. We have essentially created two Americas, and neither one is very appealing.
Were I to define myself, I would say that I was a democrat. I find the political philosophy of the democratic party far more appealing. But at this point, I really don’t want to define myself. I don’t want to be labeled as a Republican-bashing-homosexual-American-dream-hating-firearm-enforcing-baby-killing liberal just because I prefer democratic politics.
My ultimate point being, it seems that we are far more willing to slap labels on people and focus on how we can best rather than addressing the real issues that will help our nation as a whole. There are some people that do discuss these issues, but it seems that a great deal of people have resorted to inane pandering on internet message boards, calling Obama all kinds of unhelpful names. Or calling Republicans all kinds of unhelpful names. And all it is is a great big heap of unhelpfulness.
"Many mainstream blacks and whites persist in categorically negative appraisals of rap, refusing to distinguish between enabling, productive rap messages and the social violence that exists in many inner-city communities and that is often reflected in rap songs. Of course, it is difficult for a culture that is serious about the maintenance of social arrangements, economic conditions, and political choices that create and reproduce poverty, racism, sexism, classism, and violence to display a significant appreciation for musical expressions that contest the existence of such problems in black and Latino communities."
I wish I could hug this man right now. Like could he have hit the nail any harder on the head?
(Source: “The Culture of Hip-Hop” by Michael Eric Dyson”)