Archive | March 2008

A little wiser today….

I did something revolutionary today by deciding to not talk on the phone all day with that the caveat that I did talk to my sister whose birthday was March 28. I love you sis and know that I love you and I am your biggest cheerleader!

Nevertheless, the impetus behind my silence his was that the Michigan Policy Summit is happening May 10th and April is going to be an extremely busy month for me. So before I faded to black, I wanted to take a day to center myself. I should also mention that my cell phone is my work and business phone so I am literally on the phone from sun up to sun down between meetings.

I hadn’t realized how much I don’t listen to myself until today. I felt like I have been trying to get through to myself but I was so busy dealing with work that I didn’t click over to talk to me. I feel very much at peace with the world right now as I listen to Jamming by Bob Marley with the sweet smell of candles filling the room. Hopefully, I am the last person to catch on to this but if I am not, be intentional about taking time to listen to you. I will have to find a way to make this a regular part of my routine because the unchecked mental voicemails I had were overflowing.  

Stay up fam,

Brandon Q.

No rhyme or reason

  1. A recent Gallup poll came out that showed 28% of Clinton supporters would support McCain over Obama while 19% of Obama supporters would support McCain over Clinton. I want Obama to win in November but even if he doesn’t, it will be really good to see the latent racism raise its ugly head because like Nas said,

Worst enemies want to be my best friends
Best friends want to be enemies, like that’s what’s in
But I don’t give a f*&$, walk inside the lion’s den

Symbolically, I think the lion’s den represents the electoral underbelly of America’s republic. A progressive vision of American society will require those of us that share these values to systematically vie for power and upset the corporatracy that is literally suffocating the dreams and hopes of the disenfranchised (politically and economically) all over the world.

2) 2. Today, I was in the car listening to Rick Ross and my phone rang so I turned off the radio. The call was from a guy who works for Al Gore that told me Gore was unable to speak at the Michigan Policy Summit happening May 10th. We had a good conversation and after hanging up, what did I do? You guessed it; I started rocking out, rapping lyrics to songs that I barely know the lyrics to. I love being Black.

3) 3. I really wish these Democratic superdelegates would stop complaining about Clinton’s tactics and her narrow path to victory and just endorse Obama so Democrats can begin to focus on defeating McCain.

4) 4. Check this out, “The Pentagon on Wednesday said an eruption of violence in southern Iraq, where US-backed government forces were battling Shiite militias, was a “by-product of the success of the surge.” I don’t need any snarky follow up because the absurdity is astounding. I do wish however that we could somehow package the pain of the families of the more than 4,000 dead Americans and the scores more of Iraqi civilians in a way that every American could for one hour experience the individual and collective toll of war.

5) 5. Take time to tell someone in your life that you care about them. Life is short and you never know when that last conversation is going to happen so cherish all the time with your loved ones.

      Stay up fam,

      Brandon Q.

Dumi sticks it to Bill O’Reilly about Rev. Jeremiah Wright and the Black church

R. L’Heureux Lewis, better know to SuperSpade readers as Dumi, is one of my intellectual heroes. Since I met him at the University of Michigan, he has always challenged me to look more deeply into issues and events to understand how to more effectively respond.

Last week, he was on the Bill O’Reilly’s The O’Reilly Factor discussing the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and his recent statements. I can summarize it like this: Bill O’Reilly doesn’t really understand anything he said.

One Love. One II.

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.

One Love. One II.

An analysis: Barack Obama talks Black

This union may never be perfect, but generation after generation has shown that it can always be perfected.

Barack Obama gave a speech on race this morning in Philadelphia that many consider to be his most direct campaign speech dealing with the “issue.” Given the pretext of the speech, the talk seems to be one that was forced into necessity more by the media, Obama’s supporters, and detractors than by Obama’s desired to address race Blackness in this campaign and in this country head-on. I have always felt that had this been something that Obama wanted to do out of his own volition, he would have done so long ago, thus pre-empting the ignorant racial undertones of attacks made against him, and laying a foundation for healing in this nation that started with race and class, and grew to overcome the entire of spectrum of challenges this nation and this world face.

Nevertheless, the time has come for this conversation between Barack Obama and the Democratic American electorate. In this speech Barack Obama succeeded in opening the door to a legitimate, meaningful, and potentially productive dialogue of understanding, empathy, and unity among people from diverse backgrounds and experiences. By Barack Obama actually publicly acknowledging that not only is there a race issue, but one that must be dealt with, he is responsibly using his position and status and recognition to create an atmosphere of abundant possibility and environment of empirical hope that builds much needed problem-solving momentum in all areas that change must occur.

During this election cycle, I’ve seen the candidates I’ve supported strongly fall by the wayside for various reasons. I contributed money to both the Kucinich and Edwards campaigns, as I saw those candidates as the two that most closely exemplified my brand of Progressive, populist politics. I have done work on behalf of the Obama campaign, building websites to organize supporters for him in South Carolina, New Hampshire, and Iowa out of respect and admiration for Obama and his supporters, many of whom are friends of mine. This, however, is the first bit of hope I’ve gleaned from Obama. My challenge to him and others who support him to take ownership how race is framed and use this opportunity as a stepping stone to reconciliation, to actual, effective, visibile change in the hearts, minds, lives of everyday people, and to a brighter future for all to enjoy.

Late is better than never.

One Love. One II.

VOTE: Race in the Race

Will Obama’s speech on “the larger issue of race” tomorrow be the speech I have been begging him to give for over a year?

I have wanted Obama to outwardly embrace his Blackness from jump. Not in a confrontational way, but in a confident way that lets everyone know that it is alright to be Black. At the basis of all of the race-based attacks on him is the idea that there is something wrong with being Black. Sadly, the Obama campaign’s approach to managing this part of his identity, while above-board and admirable, does little to reject this notion. Talking past is not addressing an issue.

Vote and share what you think Obama should say in his speech on race and the campaign tomorrow.


One Love. One II.

Obama should drop out

No I don’t think this should be the case. However, a recent development has occurred whereby a woman that posts regularly posts on dailykos has resigned for what she deemed as unfair bias against her preferred candidate, Senator Hillary Clinton. Here is an excerpt from her open letter to the blogosphere. Read More…