By Adeshola Blue
Last night, I watched the CNN special on Jonestown and the mass murder of those people who followed the venerable Jim Jones. I had the opportunity first hand to see the “Kool-Aid” that everyone refers to when they say that people are blindly following others. Let’s just say that after watching that documentary, I will not use that terminology again. I may never drink Kool-Aid again.
The most disturbing thing about the Kool-Aid analogy is that is commonly associated with supporters of President Barack Obama. Those of us who voted for Obama are allegedly blind followers that have been tricked and entranced by the awesomeness of the messiah/antichrist and we will do whatever he says. The folks most egregiously accused of being Kool-Aid drinkers are black folks. Well, I beg to differ. If we all were so entranced by President Obama, the following things would happen:
- We would all have healthcare because Obama’s “grass roots community” would call their congressmen like the weekly White House emails suggest.
- Every child’s father and mother would be active in their lives because the President says it is important.
- We would all volunteer our time and become community organizers because we want to be like Mike, I mean President Obama.
- We would all read to our children every single night.
- We all would strive to attend Harvard University.
- There would be no more black-on-black crime.
- Every college and university would be overflowing with Black folks trying to get an education.
All these things would occur because the President says we should. But that is not true. Folks may be entranced by the Obamas and we may like the photographs of the Obamas, but we don’t want to put in any work for the Obamas now that they are in the White House. Our motto is a simple one, “We have a black first family and y’all better not talk bad about them.” Unfortunately that is Black American for “if you expect more than a whole lot of talk, you are sadly mistaken.”