Fear of a Black President (Part 1)

Black President is what is unknown, undiscovered, unrealized or not allowed.

I know many will not be honest in their response and/or be quick to say that race has nothing to do with it as a proxy to disguise a deeper and uncomfortable reality that is embedded within the psyche of those who continue to deny the fear of what they refuse to admit is true, the reality of what they’ve been taught is not true, willfully unfamiliar and the discovery of misunderstood and/or unintentional hatred; the fear of a Black President.

It’s not just fear of a Black President, because President Obama represents more than just the United States of America. He represents a reality of what unite the state of America, both past, present and future.

The fear goes beyond politics. Politics is just the convenient proxy of the argument. This is about who we see and believe we are in America. All of the protests, propaganda and acts of terror, hate and fear since February 15, 2007 is the redefining or adjustment of the definition of America to Americans. Yes, there is a political element to it, but this is beyond the paper patriotism some are proclaiming because it plays better than the truth of it all. It’s not about politics, but pigmentation.

The Fear of a Black President is just a variable that represents what is unknown. What is unknown is not exclusive, because the fear of a Black President spans beyond the confines of a single group and into the broader masses of thought.

Let me begin with my own race, Black Americans. When Barack Obama announced that he was seeking the office of President not all Black people were on board. The ones like me who were understood the uphill journey before all of us in persuading not only White, Hispanic, Asian and everyone else to look beyond race, because we know that race is always a factor when you’re Black in America. It was convincing those Black people who could not accept the reality of a Black President. I can talk to some today and although they eventually voted for him you can still hear their uneasiness with what is unfamiliar to them. Many Black people have bought into the American Dream that was sold to them instead of dreaming the dream for themselves. Many asked the ridiculous question of ‘Is he Black enough?’ ‘They might kill him.’ Some will and are going to try under false pretences, but that’s not of your concern. Stop worrying about what someone else is going to do and focus on what you’re going to do.

The substance of the dream was expressed in three profound words, Yes We Can. It’s more than a political slogan, but an affirmation. Barack Obama was not the first person to understand this, but he clearly knows that this affirmation is not exclusive to him or any one group, but inclusive to all who believes it. The Fear of a Black President by some Black people was the fear of accepting what many people before Barack has been telling us for decades. The campaign in the minds of many Blacks was essentially a continuation of a longer walk of faith. But perhaps I just revealed a secret I shouldn’t have exposed.

The Fear of a Black President from the perspective of many White people is something all together different. If I hear another White person tell me that it’s not about race I’m going to let them have it. I agree that it is not always about race. What I’m trying to explain to you is how race is rooted in what you think the issue is not about. Quit saying that and listen to what I’m trying to tell you. I understand your points; let me help you understand another side of it.

You are not racist because you speak about race. It is the intentions of a person who speaks about race that reveals if they are a racist or not. It’s dishonest to even suggest that much of what goes on in American Politics today or even historically hasn’t been about race in some way. You may not see or understand it, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. I’m telling you what the root of the problem some have with President Obama and it isn’t about politics.

Deny it if you wish, but the reality will remain true. At the root of much of the discussion is rooted in misunderstood perception of privilege and entitlement and classism which boils down to the fear of a Black President.