The President is Black. I still can smile when I say that and still someone will ignorantly assume that I’m being racist by admitting it. Some will mistakenly assume that I’m exhibiting ethnic pride by admitting it. Some will even wrongly believe that it’s a Black thing so they should not consider it. But I would say that you are wrong.
The President is Black. The psychological affirmation and confirmation of that statement is probably beneficial more to Black Americans than to any other race of people living within the borders of the U.S. Regardless of how diverse or integrated any Black person may be, the embodiment of the reality that the President of the United States is Black moves your spirit and even the coldest Black conservative has to admit some measure of joy, even if you didn’t vote for him.
The reason is because the United States historically has routinely mistreated, denigrated, abused, unfairly imposed unjust standards towards Blacks in addition to all of its other minorities. This is evident by the absolute fear and ignorance some convey within their gestures, conversations and actions towards the slightest disturbance of the sanctity of life from an exclusive cultural, territorial and class perspective.
The global consideration of the United States in terms of its position and history on race is not the same delusions many and primarily, but not exclusively White Americans believe. Many nations of the world have valid and justifiable criticism of the U.S. when it comes to the issue of race. When you open your mind, consider others beyond your own beliefs, assumptions and imaginations you will see past the shining sea of inequality a land of opportunity. That’s American exceptionalism.
The President is Black may not mean much or have great significance to persons who are not Black. I am not suggesting that it isn’t important or you do not value it, because it wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for you. Those who voted against him for whatever public reason given the private reality is that the President is Black have a psychological impact on you too.
Consider the opposition to this reality. Many will suggest that they are not racist and get the realities confused with their assumptions and conclusions, but are oblivious to the words, actions and gestures they offer.
We have often conformed to a philosophy that directs us to think, act, live, worship, work and vote in the categories that society has predefined for us. Many are unwilling or unsure to learn what someone may be like out of fear of venturing beyond the cultural confines we’ve placed ourselves in. When confronted with this reality many often retreat to the comforts of the status quo or what’s socially desirable. This is the problem with not only America, but many countries and people throughout the world. The willingness to think, considers, accept or associate with someone or something beyond their own experiences or comprehension.
The President is Black; say it with me. The President is Black. Speak it and allow it to live within your spirit. I know it may be difficult for some, but you need to reconsider why that is true. You may not deem yourself a racist; you may have Black, Brown, and Atheist, Muslim, Jewish or Gay friends. But that doesn’t mean that you do not or can not harbor distinct misunderstandings about others not like yourself. It’s not a bad thing or scary despite what you’ve been subconsciously taught to believe. You are more like who you misunderstand than you are willing to acknowledge.
We must eradicate our assumptions and consider each other from their perspective if we are to be true in our understanding. The psychological impact of the previous 43 Presidents being White men is still relevant, because it provides context. The normalcy of being White in America in the perspective of the Non-White in America is what has changed for both Whites and Non-Whites.
The President is Black is the psychological legitimization of being Black in America. It is an indicator to all that with all of the imperfections of the U.S. it still is perfectly unique. That’s American exceptionalism. The President is Black is not just a reference to Barack Obama, because there will be another President who will be Black. In fact there will be a President who is Latino or Woman and he/she will experience the same types of oppositions as President Obama contends with today. Although they will have his presidency as example for what to do, not to do or to improve upon as they navigate through being President that isn’t a White male.
Side Note: Isn’t it interesting how much of the oppositions are predominately from a single group of people, but that’s a conversation for another day.
I know that there will always be someone who demonstrates their commitment to the status quo than in concern for others. Individuals who will come against you and try to persuade you in believing that you can’t have what you seek, desire or entitled. There will be those who will lie and suggest you are peddling a fallacy, but you can not be move by these unfortunate individuals. Because you have to remind yourself from where you had to sit and why others stood so you can walk freely where you are today.
The President is Black is not just about race, but about reality. The realities that even the staunchest conservative can have a change of heart and embrace the progress of a society that surrounds him. No longer is it acceptable to dream about the ‘Good Ole Days’, because those days wasn’t all that good for everyone who lived them. The time is to think about today and tomorrow. The past can not hear you, the present is aware of you, but the future is listening.
In the past the President was White, in the present the President is Black, but you hold the future.