It has been a few few weeks since I last posted a Talk Me Tuesday feature and so today I have decided to bring it back, with the direct intent of talking about Barack Obama and the media’s assertion that sistas are not supportive of him. First, let me start by saying that I do not believe the polls, and though they vary depending on who is conducting them, the overall consensus is that sistas, and brothas to a lesser degree, do not support this man of color and his Black wife. Now I call Barack a man of color and not Black, because his biracial-ness, according to the media, has caused some Black people to question his overall Blackness.
Barack however had overwhelming support from Black America when he ran for Senate, even from those who did not live in his state. So my question is, what happened or did anything happen at all? Now you all know I like to ask questions I already have the answer to, so I’ll just come right out with what I think.
When Barack was running for Senate all of America seemed to love him, Black and White. However, Senator and President of The Untited States are two different positions that will garner two different types of attention from the American media. Barack as a Senator is harmless, as President however he is seen as someone who can make major changes in this country and the world, and thus the media will come at him differently and their strategy this time is different than it was the last time a brotha made a real run for the Presidency of The United States.
The media cannot make Barack out to be a racist (like they did Jesse Jackson) because his mother is White, so instead of coming at him, they are coming at us. All these polls telling you day in and day out that Black women (who make up the majority of all Black voters) would rather see a White woman as President rather than a man of color and his Black wife as the nation’s first Black First Lady, are lies- all lies.
As a Black person and Black woman I know exactly how Black women think and feel and I know we could care less if Hillary Clinton is the first woman President. We don’t put our gender first we put our race first. The media is trying to paint Black women as feminists first and sistas second when that is not in the case and never has been and never will be. Our issues in this world and those that affect our families aren’t gender based but race based. We want someone in office who knows that and will try to fix it.
And though the media would also like you to believe that Black America and sistas in general are slaves to the Clintons, again, I know better. Hillary isn’t just running against Obama she is running against his wife, who Black women adore. Michelle Obama is smart, beautiful and real Black woman- and so even if some may question Obama’s race, Michelle’s can’t be questioned. Obama has a real sista on his arm and that plays well, VERY WELL, with Black women.
So the media will continue to play mind games with Black America because they have nothing on Barack. Their hope is that if they can get enough of us to believe that other Blacks don’t like him, when we hit the polls, we will vote as we think others Blacks are voting- in favor of Hillary. But I implore all of you to use your head and think for yourselves (or just do whatever I tell you, lol). Most of all I implore Black women to ride with those who ride with you. So even if you don’t like Barack, remember, as a Black woman he more than anyone knows our plight because is married to a Black woman and has Black daughters. In essence, a vote for Barack Obama is a vote for Black women.