You thought you were getting just the melanin, America. Even the supporters, “Yes we can! We just elected our first Black President!”
But in essence, more importantly, you just elected your first minority President.
And for the first time in the history of our nation, the view from up top was through minority eyes.
There’s a certain mindset to being Black. A genetic knowledge of inferiority, constantly thrust into your awareness. No matter if you achieve the american dream or gutter trodden, the awareness is present. Always. Success in the terms of capitalism can minimize the effect but that only creates a new dilemma. A constant battle within yourself to disengage your code of oppression from your reality that you are not inferior. A war with an enemy armed with a system historically designed to ‘put you in your place.’
President Obama has that mindset.
The oval office had always been occupied by white males. The ruling class, the decision makers and the majority. The founders. No women, no foreigners and no Blacks. 43 members of an elite society with their own mindset directing America’s path.
“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
America’s quest toward capitalism was fueled by the ideology of white male rule. Trail of Tears, slavery, frontline infantry, poverty; they never had to experience these trials from the oppressed point of view. Hence their decisions; their motives didn’t contain empathy.
This ideology is what makes America great-from a capitalistic point of view. But you can’t have both, the love for the almighty dollar and a sympathetic soul geared towards social equality.
So is Black President, an oxymoron?
Barack’s presidency preambled a time of demographic change in America. The white male majority physically and ideologically is becoming extinct. Not just yet, but it is inevitable. As President, he has to bridge the line of capitalism and social justice. That’s why there’s a love/hate relationship with forty-four.
Black folks wanted him to spearhead social inequities and end the over 400 years of oppression we have endured. We had no empathy for the capitalistic nature of his predecessors and the American system. Because we weren’t a part of it.
White folks wanted him to maintain the status quo, don’t rock the boat; continue America’s global domination. With no empathy for the socialistic nature of the growing minority class. Because they weren’t a part of it.
100 years from now, we won’t be having this discussion. But we will look back at Obamacare and see how its makeup involved both ideologies. We’ll look back at his decisions, The Iran Deal for one, and see how it involved the mindset of a minority with no threat to our superpower status. We’ll appreciate his compassion for gun violence and one day will realize we do need some form of control as a civilized society economically and socially. We’ll view his military decisions, business deals and even his seemingly disengagement of Black Lives Matter and see that as the first minority President, especially at a time when the country clearly wasn’t ready for it, his decisions have lessened the blow, whether we now notice it or not, of our transition from capitalism to social consciousness.
It’s inevitable, this transition. You see it in congress, Hillary, the makeup of our Supreme Court and elected officials nationwide. Hopefully we’ll all come together and be thankful that without the first 43, the 44th could not exist. Meaning, it’s time for a change, a shift. We’ve made our money and established ourselves as a leader. And as long as there’s a balance, we’ll be fine.
We should be thankful for Barack’s temperament in understanding this ideological shift, putting up with the backlash from both sides and he himself seeing the future….