Obama being swiftboated for PWB: Politics while Black

Hat tip to the impeccable African American Political Pundit. Also cross-posted on the Brave New Films Blog.

The nation that Barack Obama and many others feels can heal its racial wounds still has people that create images and craft messages of hatred and misunderstanding. With Kerry, it was patriotism. With Obama, it’s Blackness.

The “let’s not talk this up too much until after the election” strategy is no longer workable or relevant in the face of such attacks. This is the door that has been officially kicked open after Obama’s “race speech.” He could have locked the door permanently and thrown away the key had that speech been given earlier. Now, it is up to him and his supporters to overcome this mockery and mis-construction of the Black experience in this country and tell the story of a people who’s hope and pride have made them the most resilient people on earth.

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About Garlin Gilchrist II

I am the City of Detroit's first ever Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement. My job is to open up the city's public data and information for the consumption and benefit of all Detroiters. I currently live in Detroit, my hometown, with my beautiful wife Ellen and our twins Garlin III and Emily Grace. I'm from Detroit. I created Detroit Diaspora, and was formerly the National Campaign Director at MoveOn.org. I also co-hosted The #WinReport on "The Good Fight," a an award winning, nationally syndicated radio show that was one of Apple's Best of 2013. After graduating with degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, I became a Software Engineer at Microsoft. By day, I helped build SharePoint into the fastest growth product in the company's history. On my personal time, I sought out opportunities to connect my technical skills with community building efforts across the country. This led to my co-founding The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level, a leading Black political blog. I served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, and then became Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change. I spent two years creating and implementing a strategy for the Center to take it's 40 years of community organizing experience into the digital age. I speak before diverse audiences on effective & responsive government, empowerment in revolutionary new organizing spaces, increasing civic engagement & participation through emerging technologies and protecting civil rights in the age of the Internet. Full bio here.

3 responses to “Obama being swiftboated for PWB: Politics while Black”

  1. Villager says :

    I hadn’t seen this video. Thank you for sharing it. McCain and the republican swiftboat groups are waiting in the bushes for the Democratic nominee. We need to get this dayum nomination process over with…

    peace, Villager

  2. african american political pundit says :

    Thanks for the comments. We all knew that the extreme right would start doing this. I’m glad we are all picking up on it, and blogging about it.

    Good looking out!

    AAPP

  3. Edward says :

    Videos like this are quite disappointing, but they serve as a reminder of where our country is with regard to race.
    Patriotism can be such a fallacy when it becomes a contest of who loves this country more. Are these white CEO’s and conservatives patriotic when they ship jobs and resources overseas to the detriment of american workers and families? They find other brown people to subjugate when they can no longer to it at home. How patriotic is it for Wall Street to privatize their profits but socialize their losses (sub prime mortgages?)?

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