On my 40 minute commute through Dallas traffic every afternoon, I tune my radio to the Michael Baisden show. Today he had CNN personality Roland Martin calling in to talk about the "O" man's beatdown of Hill-Billy this weekend. Mr. Martin gave his opinion of this weekend's political games, and how he felt about Hill-Billy downplaying Big O's victories. Basically she was quoted as saying that the states that he won, (4 of them, plus the U.S. Virgin Islands) didn't really mean anything because of the small amount of delegates that each state has. In other words, the people of those states and U.S. Territoties don't mean anything to her. If your state does not have 100 plus delegates for her to claim, she will not pay you or your home state any attention, which I think is very f--ked up. She is supposed to be campaining to become President of the United States, not President of the Big States. And some Black Folk wonder why I do not like Hill-Billy.
But that is just my opinion.
Anyway Mr. Martin was also asked how he felt about Tavis Smiley calling out Big O for not getting back with him on whether or not he would attend his State of the Black Union summit.
First let me say that I have the up most respect for Tavis Smiley and everything he does to put the spotlight on the problems that Black America faces.
I think he is dead wrong about this.
First.... What exactly does Tavis think Big O can do for the state of Black America? Obama is a politician. He is a smooth talking politican, but a politician none the less. Obama, in my opinion, is a breath of fresh air compared to his opponent, but he will only be able to do what Congress allows him to do when and if he is elected President of these here United States.
I think this is the biggest problem with Black America. History has shown us that we as a people cannot depend on a politician to fix the problems in our communities Politicians are often the cause of the problems in our communities, especially greedy, power hungry, BLACK politicians. That burden lies on us, Black America. Or to make things perfectly clear, BLACK MEN.
That is the main reason I do not like Democrats. They expect the government to fix all of our problems, and give us hand-outs instead of buckling down and working hard to correct our problems on our own.
We all need help from time to time, but damn, if you continue to give a mouse a piece of cheese, he will come back for crackers and wine.
Second.... Big O is running for President of the United States, not President of the Black States. It is not fair to Obama for Tavis to expect him to put his historic campaign on hold to come listen to a bunch of Loud Talking Do Nothing Black "leaders" complain about problems that are within our grasp to correct.
How do you think Hill-Billy would spin Big O speaking at the State of the Black Union summit, but ignoring some white summit? (I think Hill-Billy accepted Tavis's invitation. But she is only trying to get back in Black Folk's good graces.)
It would be political suicide.
Part of his historic run to the Big White House on Pennsyvania Ave, is the fact that he is appealing to all Americans. I mean he won Maine for crying out loud! How many brothers do you think are in Maine? On top of that he won a heavy Black voting State like South Carolina!
What more does Tavis want?
Tavis is trying to turn Big O into another Sharpton or Jackson. A person will never get elected to President of these here United States by concentrating on one specific ethnic group.
So I am praying that Obama tells Tavis that he cannot make it, but a lot of misinformed Black Folk would take that as a diss.
So I think the "O" man is damned if he does and damned if he don't.
That is the State of the Black Union.
A bunch of loud, Black "leaders" and a few fading hip hop stars who only want to stay in the lime-light, sitting around a stage complaining about the white man, and what "the man" is doing to keep us down as a people, when in reality the only "man" keeping us down is the man in the mirror. The problems in our community are our problems, and the only way to fix our problems is to stand up, take responsibility for our problems, and stop blaming everyone around us for our problems.
Obama is not the Black Messiah. He is a politician from Chi-Town.
If you were an advisor to Big O, what would you tell him to do?