Things the Snob and Obama both have in common


Neither of us went to the State of the Black Union forum. Hell, I didn’t even watch it. Does that make me a bad Negro? I’ve watched it before on C-SPAN. I don’t know if it’s because I was inundated with “blackness” as a child so I’ve become immune to these sort of things. How many times have we seen a bunch of elites in the African American community sit around a talk about what we should and should not do, then go home and get jack shit done.

Hillary went … cause she had to. And there is all sorts of hell going on with Obama being a no show. (Seriously, people. Harassing Tavis’s mom. Not cool.)

But Smiley’s criticism has also prompted many people to come to Obama’s defense. The talk show host told The Washington Post he has been inundated with angry e-mails and even death threats.

“I have family in Indianapolis. They are harassing my momma, harassing my brother. It’s getting to be crazy,” Smiley told the newspaper.

Despite some disappointment (because it would have been incredibly awesome if he was there), most were understanding and still willing to support him.

Several forum attendees seemed unfazed by Obama’s absence Saturday.

“Personally, I don’t think it’s much of an issue,” said Victor Reed. “I’m standing behind him 100 percent.”

Clinton probably was at the event because “she needs it more than [Obama] right now,” he added.

Another State of the Black Union attendee said many people at the forum wished Obama had come, but understood his reasons for declining the invitation.

“It’s better for his campaign to be in Texas,” said Tiffany Washington.

One thing about black folks, we are incredibly loyal if you do right by us. And in the case of R. Kelly, even wrong. I don’t understand R. Kelly’s support as he’s a pederast. But whatever. Obama is deserving of the loyalty for his work as a civil rights attorney, his work in the predominately black south side of Chicago (where The Snob has some fam, holding it down), and he preemptively won black people over by simply exemplifying the idyllic black male: Smart, handsome, talented, successful and married to a black woman.

No one says it in public, but after he spoke at the 2004 Democratic Convention Mama Snob was all jumping with glee because his wife was a black woman. Then she not-so-subtly tried to imply that “an Obama,” that’s the kind of man I needed to bring home to her. It was like when she saw Brian McKnight for the first time and tried to push the crooner off on me. But per “Barack and the black wife,” I know my mother wasn’t the only black person to squeal about this. For a lot of black people, interracial dating is still a devise issue. I know my parents don’t like it, but my sisters and I are indifferent.

That said, with those qualities already in place all he had to do was vouch for programs that would best help the community (universal health care) and give people a chance to be part of history.

So yeah, Tavis. Black folks are giving him a pass on this one. They understand his stealth plan to not get too close to us, lest our “scary” blackness creeps out the white folks. I’m already getting emails about how Obama has Farrakhan on speed dial, which is strange. First, Obama is not a member of the Nation of Islam. Second, does the Final Call even endorse candidates?

I might try to watch some of “The Stat of the Black Union” tonight, but its competing against the Oscars and 60 Minutes for my attention. I don’t miss my “60 Minutes.” The Oscars I can take or leave. I don’t I saw any of the nominated films this year (which is rare), but I might try to catch a seat to see either “There Will Be Blood” or “Sweeny Todd” today. I really like Paul Thomas Anderson. He’s one of my favorite actors and Daniel Day-Lewis is the bomb. I did see “No Counter for Old Men.” It was beautifully shot but lacked the undercurrent of wit and lyricism of their previous film. It was just meh to me. It was no “The Man Who Wasn’t There.” That thing was great.

9 thoughts on “Things the Snob and Obama both have in common

  1. I watched the afternoon session. Cornel West was fantastic, couple other people I don’t know well also gave really good speeches – but – you HAVE TO see Dick Gregory! He WENT OFF! He had everybody rolling…I can’t find a clip of just that, but C-Span has the whole thing in two parts here: <A HREF="http://www.c-spanarchives.org/library/index.php?main_page=product_video_info&products_id=204090-1“ REL=”nofollow”>Morning Session<A HREF="http://www.c-spanarchives.org/library/index.php?main_page=product_video_info&products_id=204090-2“ REL=”nofollow”>Afternoon Session

  2. Thanks. I’ll check those out today, maybe check out C-SPAN to see when they’ve replay some of the earlier speeches.But seriously, I was drowning in blackness as a child. Sometimes it just tires me out. But usually the State of the Black Union is good.

  3. Hi Black Snob,I’m with you on the issue of “being worn out,” probably for many of the same reasons. My husband and I caught most of the BSOTU, and as usual, I wasn’t too impressed, and the way you described it was indeed on-point. I love Cornell West and Dick Gregory myself, but neither he nor Cornell West (nor any of the other distinguished panelists) are the ones who are going to save us from ourselves. So, again, watched it and–ANH! Wasn’t feeling it–I’m tired of all the talk and rhetoric, both with regards to how we tackle the “majority world,” and w/r/t how we tackle ourselves as black people. Hillary Clinton kissing ass was even more disgusting. If she hadn’t been as far behind as she is now, it would have been interesting to see whether or not she would have made the appearance herself. Hard to say. I haven’t figured out the OpenID thing yet, but my blog site is http://gentrydesignco.typepad.com/monkeymindoftige/.Love your blog!

  4. Tamra: Yeah, the weariness, or as I call it, “Negro Fatigue” happens from time to time to all people, even certain Liberal white people, where you just get burned out on the blackness. You don’t sing “Lift E’vry Voice and Sing” as loudly anymore. I catch yourself rolling your eyes during the opening prayer on King Day. You get violently angry whenever someone mentions Kwanzaa.It just happens.Because my mother was so intent on making me a militant (or at least that’s what my dad said) she had me reading “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” and Dick Gregory’s bio “Nigger” when I was 12 and 13. Every month was black history month at our house.Then we went to every black event, good and bad. So many horrible renditions of “His Eyes Are on the Sparrow” and “The Greatest Love of All.”My treatment for Negro fatigue is either: A) getting drunk, which I don’t recommend due to the throwing up and headaches. B) Avoid all racially charged events or issues for at least two weeks. Or …C)Pretend there is no racism for about month. Just take a race vacation (that’s what I nicknamed my five years in California). It’s exhausting being black. Adopt an accent and start telling folks you’re just a really dark Italian, or you’re Brazilian. Whatever it takes to get people to leave you alone.Jokes aside, I’m glad you liked the blog, Tamra. I checked out your fashion page and I’m going to add to my celebs and fashion links.Come back again!The Snob

  5. Ooops, it looks like you got the link to my business blog (not that I mind, but I wasn’t trying to push it). Here’s the one to <A HREF="http://gentrydesignco.typepad.com/monkeymindoftige“ REL=”nofollow”> my personal one. I usually try not to mix the two (i.e., business stays separate from the personal, political, etc.)–thanks for adding it though. When I get my blogroll up and running, I’ll be sure to add you.________________Then we went to every black event, good and bad. So many horrible renditions of “His Eyes Are on the Sparrow” and “The Greatest Love of All.”I am SO with you on that. Probably why I’m no longer religious either. Actually, *that* goes a lot deeper than that…but still. The annoying thing about the BSOTU was that, for a moment, it almost looked like they were going to turn it into a “church session,” which is when I think my eyes almost got stuck up in the back of my head, hehe.

  6. i’m not even going to try and pretend. i love the fact that michelle obama is black — i think it sends a nice healthy message to young black teenagers.i’m not even in the us but obama fever has hit england too!

  7. Charcoalink: It’s Obama fever all over the world! I know in Africa if Obama went there now (or any predominantly black country) he would get a reception that would pale in comparison to throngs of people who’ve come to see him in the US.Considering the second class status most blacks are assigned to around the world, the notion of having one of your own as “The Leader of the Free World” is irresistible. It’s like rooting for Jack Johnson or cheering when Jackie Robinson stepped up to the plate. How can you not cheer? How can you not support a guy making history?Go nuts, London! Go crazy our black Brit brothers and sisters! We’re going crazy over here!

  8. I’m not exhausted with blackness. I’m exhausted with black rhetoric with no plan of attack. I’m exhausted with black hot air. I will continue to consciously boycott SOTBU until “The Talented 10th” stop talking at us and start talking to us.I’m a huge Michelle Obama fan. She is the best thing about her husband. I’m still lukewarm about him, though I like his as a politician.As for interracial dating, I don’t care.

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