Sunday, December 12, 2010

Ishmael Reed is One Big Bad Black Progressive!

And from Berkeley too. Talk about street creds.

At NYT, "
What Progressives Don't Understand About Obama." (Via Memeorandum.)

Basically, to be black and in your face is to be a bold progressive.

Ishmael Reed

Progressives have been urging the president to “man up” in the face of the Republicans. Some want him to be like John Wayne. On horseback. Slapping people left and right.

One progressive commentator played an excerpt from a Harry Truman speech during which Truman screamed about the Republican Party to great applause. He recommended this style to Mr. Obama. If President Obama behaved that way, he’d be dismissed as an angry black militant with a deep hatred of white people. His grade would go from a B- to a D.

What the progressives forget is that black intellectuals have been called “paranoid,” “bitter,” “rowdy,” “angry,” “bullies,” and accused of tirades and diatribes for more than 100 years. Very few of them would have been given a grade above D from most of my teachers.

When these progressives refer to themselves as Mr. Obama’s base, all they see is themselves. They ignore polls showing steadfast support for the president among blacks and Latinos. And now they are whispering about a primary challenge against the president. Brilliant! The kind of suicidal gesture that destroyed Jimmy Carter — and a way to lose the black vote forever.

Unlike white progressives, blacks and Latinos are not used to getting it all. They know how it feels to be unemployed and unable to buy your children Christmas presents. They know when not to shout. The president, the coolest man in the room, who worked among the unemployed in Chicago, knows too.
Get that?

He's dissing white progressives as not bein' sufficiently down with the brothas. You gots to be out and loud, mofo!

Big Tent at Talk Left is not diggin' it (that's a white progressive blog, I guess). But ethnic folks at The Swash Zone sho be shufflin' that jive!
Just read an op-ed piece in the New York Times by writer Ishmael Reed entitled What Progressives Don't Understand About Obama. It was an amen article, a piece with which I nodded continuously in agreement as I read it and murmured amen under my breath. To appreciate Reed's piece, read it, no summary can do it justice. He takes on the ad nauseum criticism that Present Obama is weak, ineffectual, ball less, and not tough enough to be president. A smart guy, but too nice and too concerned about keeping the peace. Too afraid to give the Republicans the ass whipping that they deserve.

I've been accused of being "nice" as in I don't want people to dislike me. Not true. I'm going to tell you up front that some of you aren't going to understand the truth that this article speaks and you may not like my attitude. See, as a black person I'm so sick and tired of white liberals who have still enjoyed the privilege of being white trying to tell a black man how to navigate in a white world.

You don't get it and you lack the humility to simply accept that you do not. Instead you attack the President as being weak, without balls, a sellout and any other demeaning, emasculating terminology that you can devise. You don't understand what it is to be black and walk in his shoes and you're too damned arrogant to listen to those of us who try and tell you.
More black victimology at the link. And at the author's blog, "The Examined Life."

And the progressive count-down for me as racist, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 ...

Added: Linked at Just One Minute, "Obama's Problem - He's Trying to Lead a Bunch of Racist Whites."


Anonymous said...

I only wish he was a socialist!


Anonymous said...

Donald, Donald, Donald-- it's "cred" not "creds." Please try to get this right in the future.

fap fap said...

He's dissing white progressives as not bein' sufficiently down with the brothas. You gots to be out and loud, mofo!

You look really bad in blackface.

Invisible Man said...

Barack Obama will never become an agent of change because the Black elite will not hold him accountable. Now wonder why poor Black people can get no justice because the Black elite are too busy playing the race card.