It was just a one-line post on theRoot.com., and a silly one:
But it's as good a place as any to jump in after a long, strange personal hiatus from the American Race, observed.
A month, of course, is no where near enough time to get perspective on where we are right now as the Age of Obama inaugurates. You can't really take in the mountain when you're still on it, still on the thrill ride as it thrust itself from the earth, still focused on your own particular hand hold, face away from the expanse of the valleys all around.
But lend an ear as you brave your way down to reality and you start hearing the sounds like when the Road Runner gets the Coyote to race off yet another cliff, only to plummet doppler down with a stupid look on his face. That would be the sound of the black pols who at first made seating Roland Burris in the Senate a racial issue despite the taint of his appointment by Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Blago himself is too precious a toon to hear plummet just yet: he's still walking around on thin air as if his Howdy Doody hair is holding him up.
This piece of post by my friend Ed Gilbreath says more than enough:
I need therapy, folks. As a lifelong Illinoisian (with a brief sojourn to Florida), I’m feeling lots of shame these days. What in the world is going on with my state?
What’s really sad is the way Blagojevich is brazenly playing the race card in this situation to apparently distract attention from his own sorry plight and curry favor with African Americans, who may be his last source of support. And what’s even sadder is the way some African American leaders, both from the political and church arenas, have played along with Blago’s desperate ploy. Looking especially bad in this whole mess is Roland Burris, who once seemed like a wise and respectable public servant. Why on earth would he go along with Blagojevich’s plan, knowing that it would lead to the very debacle we’re seeing right now in Springfield and Washington?
Why indeed? Willie Sutton said he robbed banks because "that's where the money was". There is still black leadership invested in narrow-group thinking because that's where the power was. Except of course it's not, hasn't been for some time. There are in fact no assets in that bank: rob it and all you get are liabilities similar to the now disgraced CMO's.
I hope you feel me, because I don't want to waste our time trying to see through the eyes of those without vision.
Instead, I point you to something that fed me richly on HBO last night-a rerun of "The Black List, Vol. 1"
It's the first 21st Century projection of the essence of black American humanity and mission. "Simple elegance" does not do the production justice. It's a series of straightforward interviews with a range of figures who are leaders, athletes, businessmen, artitsts and intellectuals. The work, in fact, reveals the truth that signature African-Americans have always combined these gifts to create themselves, and create America in the process.
My favorite, for the moment, was Richard Parsons sober pronouncement of the black man's mission to, constitution and declaration of independence in hand, move on for the race "and be sure to take care of the white folks too". It brought home something I've always known to be true, now embodied by our president elect.
No one has more invested in meeting the challenge thrown down to history by the framers than the decendents of their slaves. Securing the truth of the first nation based on equality before God is why we have been here. Put that frame up against the next race-card cartoon you see.
Oh, and whatever you have to do, beam up the jaw dropping interview with Susan Rice, our UN ambassador to be. Nobody, I mean nobody, could have been ready for this!