By Guest Contributor Tami, originally published at What Tami Said
As the nation’s first black president settles into the office, a division is deepening between two groups of African Americans: those who want to continue to praise Obama and his historic ascendancy, and those who want to examine him more critically now that the election is over. Read more…
Really? Damn! I hate when there is a battle a-brewing among my peeps and I don’t know anything about it. It’s a good thing that newspapers like the Washington Post have the skinny on black America, so I can keep up-to-date between SCAN meetings.
Sigh…okay…politics and cult-of-personality do seem to go together these days. (And that ain’t a black thing…Sarah Palin anyone?) And, yes, black people tend to be protective of our own, like members of many marginalized groups. We know that societal biases bring lots of heat on those who are not white, male, Christian, heterosexual, able-bodied and cisgendered, so we try not to pile on and give the benefit of the doubt when we can. But we are not stupid. This notion that black people are incapable of critical thought and judging members of our race fairly is getting old…really old. And I lament that some black public faces are participating in giving this meme more cred than it deserves.
The subtext dripping from this article? See, blacks really did vote for Obama just because he was black! We know it’s true, because we got three brave, black people to talk about how maligned they are for daring speak ill of the Messiah. It’s just as we thought all along! Continue reading