New rule: Black Presidential endorsements
New rule: If you are Black person of any influence and want to endorse a Presidential candidate, avoid saying dumb stuff!!! My outrage is directed towards Daryl McDaniels, founding member of the legendary Run D.M.C. This guy, speaking to reporters says he is
backing Mrs. Clinton “because it’s gangsta. I ain’t doing what everybody else is doing.”
Asked to expand on his point, Mr. McDaniels said, “You know what I’m saying. I didn’t say ‘Barack would do a better job’ because I have faith in Hillary. I just [think] Barack would have nobody to worry about. You know what I’m saying? He’s like—he’s like Run-D.M.C. wearing Adidas into a Reebok party. Or a Nike party. People got to respect that. Because for me, it’s not about—for me, everything that I do, it’s not about black, white, Democrat, Republican. Everything I do is about all of us. Because we all hip-hop.”
I am not saying you have to talk like a dictionary, but where is the context? By context, I mean the history and impact of addressing Black issues. Second rule, no Black endorsements should be made unless it can be placed in the context of the issues outlined in the The Covenant with Black America.
Moreover, what is gangsta? Did Daryl put his finger in the air and saw everyone endorsing Obama and think, “I am going to be different, let me endorse Senator Clinton.” Daryl, she is the front runner, so if you wanted to do what everyone else was doing, you would have endorsed somebody other than Senator Clinton.
I am really afraid that some Blacks of influence are not careful enough in their endorsing of various candidates. I am not so concerned with whom they endorse but the context by which their endorsements reflect the priorities of Black people everywhere. Daryl, you are 40+, comfortable, and understand positive hip hop, so why are you doing ANYTHING, yet alone endorse a Presidential candidate, because its gangsta!?!?!?
I am done,
Stay up fam,