Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I thought he was going to pick Judge Marilyn Milian(The Peoples Court) but I guess he should have picked Judge Mathis (Judge Mathis Show) instead.

President Barack Obama announced Federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor as his Supreme Court Nominee. Just like Jennifer Lopez, Judge Sotomayor is Puerto Rican and from the Boogie Down Bronx. She is not a Butter Pecan Rican like J Lo but I’m giving Puerto Ricans from the Bronx shout outs today. The Devil, the dummy, the bigot and the adulterer have already started attacking her. Oh my bad……you know them as Rush Limbaugh, Karl Rove, Pat Buchanan, and Newt Gingrich. They hit her with the usual assaults i.e. un-intelligent, reverse-racist. Anytime a racist white person wants to discredit a minority they yell reverse racism. Anytime a prejudice white person wants to discredit a minority they call them unintelligent. This ignorant thinking makes them feel better about themselves. The Republicans are reminding minorities, that in America no matter how much education or prestige you have, we are still like dirt to them. So I knew there would be some negativity surrounding this pick but I didn’t expect it from black folks.

I spent yesterday listening to “black” talk radio and I was blown away. I knew that some races have difficulties living together but I didn’t know it was this bad. I heard black folks refer to Latinos as illegal aliens, criminals, baby makers, and job-stealers.

Side Bar: My girl Nic Nic sent me this info: Los Angeles Gang Targets African Americans

I always thought that Selma Hayek was HOT and that George Lopez was funny. I never had a hard time getting along with other people. Citizen Momma taught me to treat other people the way I wanted to be treated. This is from a woman who had her high school burned down by racist white folks. Disgruntled black folks are mad because President Obama did not select a black person. They feel that because 90% of ”US” voted for him he needs to pick black candidates. Not just for the Supreme Court but for everything!!! Cabinet Position……get a black!!! Secretary Position…..get a black, Supreme Court Position…..get a black, Ambassador to Planet Vulcan…..get a black!!!. If they had their way, the Obama Administration would look like the roster of the Washington-Homestead Grays. Only a few black folks called in to defend Obama and the Latinos. Are minorities going to spend their time on earth fighting over scraps? I once heard that the Devil likes dissention. He must be extremely happy right now…….oh and Rush Limbaugh too.

I don’t think that some black folks were really ready for a “Black President”. I think they had this warped idea that a black president would come riding a white horse (notice the horse is still white….ha ha just joking) and save the day. The black president was going to clean up the streets and give “us” power. After we received our 40 Acres and a Mule X 100, we were going to live happily ever after. Black America, as your minster says on Sunday……The Devil Is a Lie. It’s time for us to get real. I understand that some black folks are going to say “Well every other minority group has the president’s ear.” And you are correct!!! Jews, Latinos, Older Americas even Gun Lovers all have groups that lobby for their interests. The Key Word is “Groups” that lobby. The “others” have groups that specialize in dealing with politicians and law makers. And no I’m not talking about Tavis Smiley and Cornel West. I like Cornel and Tavis is okay but they play the role of outside agitator. They are still mad because Obama didn’t acknowledge Dr. Martin Luther King in a speech. Damn….that was last year people!!!! A group that can lobby for blacks has to be part of the establishment not outside of it.

Obama never told “us” that he was an anti establishment person. Actually he is quite the opposite. Obama has made it this far because he knows how to work the establishment. All of his moves are calculated with a hint of pragmatism. Obama doesn’t walk into a room that he can’t walk out of. He is not going to exact revenge for past social ills. He will make political moves that help move his agenda. You can believe that Judge Sonia Sotomayor is a calculated pick that already is paying dividends for Mr. Obama. In this pick, you get a WOMAN and a LATINO AMERICAN. And if the Republicans give her a hard time, they will alienate Latinos (unlike certain minorities they vote in large numbers……a possible good look for the Dems).

Sure I would love to see a black woman on the Supreme Court. But I remember when Clarence Thomas was going through his nomination process. “We” stood by him and watched the Republicans destroy Anita Hill’s character. And what did "we" get in return for “our” loyal support? Not a damn thing!!! So when we talk about getting black people in high positions, we need to be very careful. Some people are black in color only. I’m still disappointed in this brown on black or beige on black or butter pecan on chocolate hate. We do have or differences but we have similarities as well. Those similarities should be used to help us find common ground. The same threats that are against black folks are against Latinos too. There are many debates that are worth having and I believe this is one of them. Do you?


Tasha said...

Nobody is ever going to be happy with what President Obama does. The Republicans will always find something to say, even if he picked Mother Theresa to sit on the bench.

RiPPa said...


You hit it out the park by pointing out the fact that it takes a GROUP to affect change rather then individuals from the outside.

Citizen Ojo said...

Tasha - Always glad to see you. If you see Rush talking about Mother Theresa don't get near him. Lightning or Hail are sure to hit shortly.

Rippa - This is the conversation that black folks need to be having. Why don't we understand the GROUP concept. It's not rocket science. In order to play the game you have to know how it works. The blueprints are there for us to use. We need to use them!!

uglyblackjohn said...

But our groups always seem to be more concerned about 'getting theirs' (2004 Olympics B-Ball Team) instead of focusing on the ultimate goal (2008 OBBT).
In the first example - we had a lot of All Stars - just no team.
In the '08 games, the focus switched to team (and ultimately a Gold medal).

RiPPa said...

I've always wondered how and why we never had an organization with the tremendous lobbying power like AIPAC.

Sure the common line of thinking is that "Black folks just can't work together." That coupled with everyone being an expert on the "crabs in a barrel" theory.

Ultimately, this is a political issue; an issue of politcal activism, organization, and action; something history has shown we know all too well.

In short we are probably the most reactionary ethnic minority group rather than being pro-active. At the same time we must also hold our politicians to account on the way they vote because ultimately their votes affect us. This should be done more so on the local level than national.

You're right, the blueprint has always been there. And we must realize that we cannot do it alone. We need to form alliances, and be prophetic in doing so. If we did, we would never be the source of blame for political failures such as the recent prop 8 chatter of last year.

Debo Blue said...

All y'all "preached" on this comments page! Send me your address so I can send you my offering!

Yes Lawd!!

When will we understand, group up and get along?

C'mon choir, I'm done. said...