by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
The disproportionately Black Washington Mall crowd, their coats covered with Obama buttons, “didn’t care what Obama did as president, they just wanted him to become president.” These to-the-bone “Obama lovers…don’t care that Obama pledged to use his political capital to change Social Security and Medicare, their only safety nets in an uncaring society.” Unconcerned about the impact of their champion’s specific policy positions, these legions of Black Obama followers happily and “loudly proclaimed themselves to be less important than one man’s career success.” Obama and his wife wowed the nation, and “just 72 hours after the new president took office, he started killing people” in Pakistan.
This woman is not alone in her twisted thinking. For the first time in history, black Americans have willingly become accessories to their government’s criminal activity and willingly developed amnesia about that history. Gone are the days when black Americans could be counted on to oppose wars of aggression abroad and wars against people here at home. Now that the president looks like them, he has carte blanche to do whatever he likes and he can expect nearly unanimous approval of any action he takes.
They don’t care that he is asking John McCain for advice or that he replaces Bush in defending illegal surveillance on Americans. They don’t care about people in Waziristan, or Afghanistan or Gaza. They don’t care that Obama pledged to use his political capital to change Social Security and Medicare, their only safety nets in an uncaring society.