Historic moments and historic movements – Obama edition

What’s up fam,

Things are about to get really interesting here at The SuperSpade. Our very own Garlin will be attending the DNC National Convention and giving us behind the scenes insights. My hope is that each of you take time to reflect on how far we have come and how far we have to go in this country to not just work out our racial issues but to deal with pressing issues included but not limited to recidivism, war, global warming, oil dependence, and the economy rooted in the progressive movement.

I am very proud of Barack Obama and his team for putting together a great campaign. In a word, this is a truly historic moment in history as we collectively celebrate what seems like a positive turning point in America. What’s so great is that I often forget that Obama is Black. I don’t mean this in a post-racial society way but the sense that everday, Obama shatters the notion that the only issue Black people care about is affirmative action. Foreign affairs? saving the environment? Tax policy? Agricultural subsidies? I got you covered.

Of course, Barack Obama is not the first person to do this but he is the first to have such a platform to really talk about a wide variety of issues including and beyond the Black experience. With that said, this is a historic moment but if we are not careful, the nostalgia of this moment will snatched from us in a heartbeat.

The key for us is to turn this moment into a movement and this requires two components. The first component means that you take responsibility for registering people to vote and making sure they turn out. Don’ t buy into the media hype that certain demographics and/or states are going to go for Obama or McCain. If we knew who was going for who, we wouldn’t have elections in the first place. Even if you live in a red state, you can make it blue by the sheer force of your commitment and ability to organize other people. We have to be very intentional about creating the world we want for ourselves and our children. One of my favorite quotes of all time is “Nothing changes if nothing changes.” I almost forgot, give money!!! I know some of you reading this post have gave money to Obama and think “Obama has enough money to make it til the election so I won’t donate anymore.” Don’t buy into the hype. Obama is very new to the national scene and will need to spend a lot of money on ads (which are far from cheap) and getting people used to the idea of a President that doesn’t look like our dollar bills. In fact, if you live in Southeast Michigan, join me at an Obama fund raiser I am co-hosting taking place September 25th at the Woodward Avenue.

Once Obama is elected, the bar will be set incredibly high for him to enact truly groundbreaking legislation and he is going to need our help. To put it simply, in order for Obama to be successful, he will need a nation of organizers that demand more from their government and provide heart-filled community service and leadership in their communities. These steps are critical in turning this Obama moment into a sustainable movement and governing majority.  Take care everybody and enjoy this week!

Stay up fam,

Brandon Q.

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