Recently CNN Politics online ran a story entitled "Why Obama doesn't dare become the angry black man;" I believe that was a misstatement. I read the article and though it made some sense by the way that it was written, I just had to go a little further.
When people don't understand something they say something totally contrary to what should be said or leave things out. First of all that headline infers that Black men are angry, which is totally absurd. All Black men don't act the same, and they certainly don't act like you want them to just because you think they should. Black men are unique human beings that possess a natural aura all their own. Slavery ended a long time ago and White people need to understand that they do not call the shots of how an African-American Man of Color, especially one who is President of the United States of America should act.
One would think that it's high time that White America finally got the picture about the Black man, after all they've been watching us for hundreds of years, but they cannot contain us without a whip and a chain. Though we all have feelings, we don't all act the same; we have a mystique, which we bring to the table and the White man is in awe of what he doesn't understand and has never understood.
Barack Obama is nothing like his former minister, the Reverend Wright. The role of a Black Minister is different than that of a President, and contrary to what people would like to believe sometimes; we all don't look alike and we definitely don't act the same. The fire within the Black man doesn't always have to be expressed through anger; look at the differences between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X.
I believe that there is a great problem, which stems from the way that the White man wrote the history of the United States of America, which was devoid of the Black man's persona, except how they wanted to view him and how they wish to view him now. In my book, "Born In The Wrong Country," I speak about this in the first chapter called "Paranoia, How To & America's Flaws." One way that I put it is, "".. "How America thinks of you is exactly how America sees you." In another part of my book called "Forgiveness," chapter 6, I put it another way by saying, """I know that the way you imagine us to be is the way that you look at us, yesterday that might have been acceptable, not today, for now we are showing you how we are, and we will refuse to be looked at any other way." In both parts of my book I am speaking of the African-American People of Color, the Black people of this country. Though slavery was a long time ago, sometimes I think certain people ignore the fact that they don't own Black people anymore; Chattel slavery is thing of the past.
Those who continue to wonder why Obama is not showing more anger must still possess a little of that slave mentality. This government, which has been predominately White for a very long time seems to have trouble following the African-American Person of Color's train of thought, especially one that is the President of the United States. This is a first, it's a historical time and some White people just don't know how to act; they no longer hold the reins of power as being the most powerful person in the United States of America and in the world. For some reason they think that Obama needs to be instructed on how to act, when something of urgency and billions of dollars come up like the Gulf Oil Crisis. Haiti was totally different; it dealt with the devastation of poor Black people, which is contrary to what has happened in the Gulf. Now we are dealing with the livelihood of White people and some are suggesting that Obama show more anger to their plight. Does anyone remember 2005 and Hurricane Katrina? Did anyone dare to say that Bush was not acting angry enough?
Today it's the White people that seem as of they don't know how to act, and their true colors of seeing things the way they were used to imagining the Black man have come to light. You see there are some people just waiting for Obama to lose his cool, and then they can say, "I told you he was another angry Black man."
Why would anyone want Obama to act like a White person, who gets angry in the public eye of Politics, does nothing, is not really saying anything and who ends up becoming a loud mouth piece to the likes of Sarah Palin?
Obama knows how to listen and think before speaking, and when he does speak, his answers are usually well thought out. Jumping to conclusions and staying hyped up will show anyone as an angry person. Obama knows the "how to' of politics; he also knows that being on edge and acting more angry to please others would only be playing into their hands; he's smart enough to know better.
President Obama is a smart and intelligent politician; he didn't show the anger that his opponent did while running for the Presidency; he just answered the questions with knowledge, showing the American people that he had done his homework and knew what he was talking about. The strategy he chose worked, and he won the Presidential election, becoming the first African-American Person of Color to win the oval office. When you do your homework, there is no need to show overt anger over something as some people are suggesting.
President Obama knows that no matter what he says or how he says something, that he will be compared to an angry Black man if he shows too much anger. He also knows and has found out that as a Black man, who is President, that he can't say things that perhaps his predecessors could; he is a Black man and this country still has a lot of double standards in place when it comes to Black and White, but again he cannot say that either.
I believe that one of the reasons that the Tea Party chose Sarah Palin as its spokes person, was so that she could to continue to hammer into whatever the President says and does, no matter how misinformed she might be. Let's not forget this Black man won the Presidency of the United States of America, and he did it winning by a landslide.