Last week I recorded an interview for the Day to Day show on NPR. I was asked a series of questions relating Barack & Michelle Obama’s “terrorist fist bump,” as well as the election as a whole and whether or not there was an understanding of the Black experience in white America.
That interview is set to air on Thursday, 25 June 2008. Check your local listings to find out when it’s on in your area so you can hear it live. For those that can’t here it or those who are in places where there’s no NPR, I’ll put a link on this site as soon as I have one.
One Love. One II.
What’s up fam, I will be out of town for work this week but I wanted to drop some lines before I leave. I have been thinking about Obama and the ramifications of his being elected President. An old adage in the Black community is that “The army ain’t no place for a Black man.” Of course, scores of Black folks and people from all types of backgrounds have served with distinction in America’s armed forces. And just so you know, if Obama is elected President, he will be presiding over wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as the Commander-in-Chief. It is hard enough for any President to end a war and I fear that his not serving will place tremendous pressure on Obama to show how much he bleeds red, white, and blue. Obama’s perceived need to show how much he loves America can and will be spun into continuing (and perhaps emboldening) the military-industrial complex.
Obama’s stance on the military includes the following excerpt from his website,
Expand the Military: We have learned from Iraq that our military needs more men and women in uniform to reduce the strain on our active force. Obama will increase the size of ground forces, adding 65,000 soldiers to the Army and 27,000 Marines.
I have no doubt that on the strength of Obama’s oratory and conviction, thousands of young people will be inspired to serve in the armed forces but what will happen when Obama calls on you or your loved ones to serve? Can you envision there being more trust of the armed forces with Obama at the helm? I think that it is possible but not likely. Many liberals decry war and its ravaging impacts but will war appear to be more noble knowing that you are serving under President Obama?
Stay up fam,
- New post at The SuperSpade: Obama does the right thing ( http://tinyurl.com/6k3wgv ) #
- New post at The SuperSpade: What Middle Ground? ( http://tinyurl.com/5z45tf ) #
- Did an interview with Youth Radio for NPR’s Day to Day show about Barack & Michelle Obama’s Terrorist Fist Bump. Should air late next week. #