Did you hear the one about DMX not knowing who Barack is?

This item popped up while I was negotiating between a trip to Newport, Ark. and my new “part-time blogging for actual money” J-O-B.

Apparently DMX doesn’t know who Barack is.

I know. I know. It totally sounds nutters. Almost as nutters as that guy the Post-Dispatch wrote about a while back who joined the Army not realizing there was a “War on Terrorism” going down on multiple fronts. Seriously. He had no clue we had two, plural, wars. And he straight up joined in 2006.

No words.

But here’s DMX, rapper impresario, who doesn’t know there is a black man running for president named Barack. The man most famous for releasing “It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot” is aghast at all this political chit-chatter because, it’s totally irrelevant as our whole system is run by a tiny cabal of self-interests, therefore that we should disengage from the process and let an evil hegemony rule us.

That’s not how he put it. But that’s how my ears heard it.

You read it (excerpt from XXL). Tell me how you hear it.

Are you following the presidential race?
Not at all.

You’re not? You know there’s a Black guy running, Barack Obama and then there’s Hillary Clinton.
His name is Barack?!

Barack Obama, yeah.

What the fuck is a Barack?! Barack Obama. Where he from, Africa?

Yeah, his dad is from Kenya.
Barack Obama?

What the fuck?! That ain’t no fuckin’ name, yo. That ain’t that nigga’s name. You can’t be serious. Barack Obama. Get the fuck outta here.

You’re telling me you haven’t heard about him before.
I ain’t really paying much attention.

I mean, it’s pretty big if a Black…
Wow, Barack! The nigga’s name is Barack. Barack? Nigga named Barack Obama. What the fuck, man?! Is he serious? That ain’t his fuckin’ name. Ima tell this nigga when I see him, “Stop that bullshit. Stop that bullshit” [laughs] “That ain’t your fuckin’ name.” Your momma ain’t name you no damn Barack.

So you’re not following the race. You can’t vote right?

Is that why you’re not following it?
No, because it’s just—it doesn’t matter. They’re gonna do what they’re gonna do. It doesn’t really make a difference. These are the last years.

But it would be pretty big if we had a first Black president. That would be huge.
I mean, I guess…. What, they gon’ give a dog a bone? There you go. Ooh, we have a Black president now. They should’ve done that shit a long time ago, we wouldn’t be in the fuckin’ position we in now. With world war coming up right now. They done fucked this shit up then give it to the Black people, “Here you take it. Take my mess.”

Right, exactly.
It’s all a fuckin’ setup. It’s all a setup. All fuckin’ bullshit. All bullshit. I don’t give a fuck about none of that.

We could have a female president also, Hillary Clinton.
I mean, either way it doesn’t matter. I don’t care. No one person is directly affected by which president, you know, so what does it matter.

Yeah, but the country is.
I guess. The president is a puppet anyway. The president don’t make no damn decisions.

The president…they don’t have that much authority basically?
Nah, never.

But Bush pretty much…
You think Bush is making fuckin’ decisions?

He did, yeah, he fucked up the country.
He act like he making decisions. He could barely speak! He could barely fuckin’ speak! Can’t be serious. He ain’t making no damn decisions.

Well Barack has a good chance of winning so that might be something. Good for him, good for him.

Yeah. Charming.

I’m not going to beat up on DMX for not know who the Great Black Hopemongerer is. He’s no great bastion of intelligence and can’t vote, as he attests to that fact in the interview. I’m more annoyed by these little bon mots of counter-production.

No, because it’s just—it doesn’t matter. They’re gonna do what they’re gonna do. It doesn’t really make a difference. These are the last years …

(E)ither way it doesn’t matter. I don’t care. No one person is directly affected by which president, you know, so what does it matter.

The president is a puppet anyway. The president don’t make no damn decisions.

Shadowy individuals (sure), running our government (OK), pullin’ strings (probably) so … you don’t fight the power? I’m just not buying into this sophistic logic that we’re in the “end times” because of a looming World War III apocalypse and that the political parties are essentially Coke vs Pepsi.

I’m happy no one told my slave ancestors to buy into this “can’t do nuttin, why try” logic. Someone obviously has been hanging out with the crows, drinking the haterade whilst torturing the Moonwalking Scarecrow of Truthful Newspaper Clippings.

But the neo-conservative’s ice water is just so tasty!

This is it. I’m tired of people with the “system is rigged so why try” argument. At least the fucking Ron Paul people back up their crazy talk with blimps and beaucoup cash . Imagine how much more they’d accomplish if they’d focus on something useful, like subverting the Theocrats in the Republican Party. I’m cool with DMX and other political slackers thinking our government is a front for corporations. Hell, I might be inclined to agree with you on that tip. But stop the whole, “I want cool points for not paying attention thing” after outing yourself as a know-nothing. Don’t wrap your ignorance in the “I am free because I believe in nothing” theory.

Um, you don’t win because you still have to live here with us and the corporate controlled government and the two corporate sponsored wars we’re engaging in right now. For reals. The Snob is a put the fuck up or shut the fuck up, gal and if you’re not pimping any other alternatives besides “can’t win, why try?” you need to go sit in the kiddie section of intelligent, political discourse. Come back up front when you’ve got something harder than conspiracy theories and thuggish posturing.

5 thoughts on “Did you hear the one about DMX not knowing who Barack is?

  1. The only problem I have with DMX’s comments is that he’s not giving any reasons as to why he thinks those things. Or he was not given the opportunity to do so!!The fact that the election season started so early was to get everyone in line with who you were going to vote for that was going to change things RATHER THAN what are YOU going to do to change things.Voting for someone is a very passive stance to take. It’s like saying to an Iraqi that is being tortured: Yes, I know that they are torturing you and beating you and sexually humiliating you and killing your family and friends and destroying your lives-But hold on, wait until November, 8 months from now and then I will vote and then it will all end. People are acting as if one, their votes count and that’s even if you can vote. (Ask all those people who illegally have been purged from voter rolls or turned away from the polls). This system has safeguards against the will of the people actually being done: Electoral College and Superdelegates come to mind.And let’s say Obama wins, will congress actually create and pass legislation that will end the war or stop torture? There is a democratic congress that was elected in 2006 which has gone lock step with the Bush program. I voted for them, they have made the country worse.And what about the Supreme Court which continues to overturn important legislation like Brown v Board. How will my vote now affect the Supreme Court?Vote if you must, but what are you going to do the day after the election? Real change comes from below. From people who resist the status quo and the people who tell them that this is the best we can do or hope for, and find the courage to fight for what is true and right no matter what.All Power to the People!

  2. jamilah: I agree with what you said. A lot of people are passive about our political process. I guess that’s what irked me about DMX’s statements. Most people focused on him not knowing who Barack was, but for me the real issue was the lazy thinking after he poo-poo Barack. There wasn’t anything inherently dishonest in what he said. The conceit was just all wrong. He just flung things out there like it was a train of thought on political pointlessness.I prefer for people to be proactive in changing their government and that happens on a grass roots level. That’s why I mentioned the Paulites. A gaggle of them hijacked the Republican caucuses to pick delegates for Missouri last week. They ended up selecting more than a third of all delegates. Republicans were unprepared for the swarm of Ron Paul supporters working as gremlins in the Republican machine. I actually think liberals, progressives and minorities could learn a lot from the Paulites of not letting their Libertarian movement die just because Paul wasn’t a viable candidate. They literally are working to hijack the system and that’s how you bring about radical change.

  3. I read his comments several times and I’m pissed at the level of defeatism so many of us have. Black folk have always fought and fought hard for justice.Even when we were tired, even when we were considered 3/5, we fought. People like DMX act like they should get cool points for calling the political game a “game.” Big damn deal. We all know it for what it is; doesn’t mean we shouldn’t fight to change it.He nneds to take his meds, stop smoking whatever he’s on and get his life together.

  4. I honestly don’t see anything really wrong with DMX comments. There are so many people who think this way. It’s not just the rappers or the try to be cool people of the world. It’s people who have completely no faith in themselves to make a national difference. Just because DMX is a well known person does mean he should censor his comments. If anything people who believe in the system that we have should push harder and those who don’t just leave please.

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