Obama’s Swag

December 8, 2008

Obama becoming president may have produced our nation’s first black president, but it also may have had some changing effects on the mindsets of African American people. Now the media had very little choice, but to show an African American’s face in a positive light every now and then on our television sets. It was an option before, but now it is mandatory. When I sit down to look at television or the news to be exact, the only time I see African Americans would be on a crime or sports segment. Even on the international segment one rarely sees black people. And that’s crazy given the fact people of color comprise the world. But Obama’s swag is the question at hand. Swag is the way Obama carry his self and the way people view him. Black women, of course, view this man very positively. It had women saying they want to marry themselves a Barack Obama. Okay, so what woman doesn’t want to marry themselves a successful man? It goes beyond that. When I see Barack Obama I see a strong black man. From what I see on television, it seems as if he is handling his business as husband, father and man well. It is my goal to do the same when I start my family. I think it is good that women are setting the aspects of a man higher. When woman do this men tend to up their game a little. And I don’t care what anyone says; women control this world. Men can believe they do, but women hold the secrets to changing this earth at least in a free society. A man would do anything in his power to please a woman. He would change the way he eat, the way he talked, the way he dresses, etc. It’s no surprise. In the community where I am from, women love thugs. I am not a thug and never will be, so I wasn’t one of the most popular kids growing up. The guys who claimed the gangs got the baddest (nice looking) girls. Those girls didn’t look in my direction. Well, some maybe did, but if they were to talk to me it would bring about a lot of hating amongst that subgroup. In my community, thugs were sought after and not the guys who were seriously pursuing their education. And the media may have played a huge role in this. In rap videos and movies, real men are characterized by how tough they act and the way they dressed. Obama may be changing this. He is a real man in my eyes and I hope to have what he has. I hope to be a great father and husband one day. I also hope to make a lasting impact on my community in whatever I do. It’s great that Barack Obama may be the change America needed, but I’m also proud to say he is the change the black community needed.

 

Obama’s swag

December 8, 2008

Obama becoming president may have produced our nation’s first black president, but it also may have had some changing effects on the mindsets of African American people. Now the media had very little choice, but to show an African American’s face in a positive light every now and then on our television sets. It was an option before, but now it is mandatory. When I sit down to look at television or the news to be exact, the only time I see African Americans would be on a crime or sports segment. Even on the international segment one rarely sees black people. And that’s crazy given the fact people of color comprise the world. But Obama’s swag is the question at hand. Swag is the way Obama carry his self and the way people view him. Black women, of course, view this man very positively. It had women saying they want to marry themselves a Barack Obama. Okay, so what woman doesn’t want to marry themselves a successful man? It goes beyond that. When I see Barack Obama I see a strong black man. From what I see on television, it seems as if he is handling his business as husband, father and man well. It is my goal to do the same when I start my family. I think it is good that women are setting the aspects of a man higher. When woman do this men tend to up their game a little. And I don’t care what anyone says; women control this world. Men can believe they do, but women hold the secrets to changing this earth at least in a free society. A man would do anything in his power to please a woman. He would change the way he eat, the way he talked, the way he dresses, etc. It’s no surprise. In the community where I am from, women love thugs. I am not a thug and never will be, so I wasn’t one of the most popular kids growing up. The guys who claimed the gangs got the baddest (nice looking) girls. Those girls didn’t look in my direction. Well, some maybe did, but if they were to talk to me it would bring about a lot of hating amongst that subgroup. In my community, thugs were sought after and not the guys who were seriously pursuing their education. And the media may have played a huge role in this. In rap videos and movies, real men are characterized by how tough they act and the way they dressed. Obama may be changing this. He is a real man in my eyes and I hope to have what he has. I hope to be a great father and husband one day. I also hope to make a lasting impact on my community in whatever I do. It’s great that Barack Obama may be the change America needed, but I’m also proud to say he is the change the black community needed.

 

 

 

 

 

Obama chant gets teacher suspended

October 13, 2008

Obama Youth -- Junior Fraternity Regiment

Obama Youth -- Junior Fraternity Regiment

Okay, so there is this middle school teacher in Missouri who got himself into trouble for posting a video on you tube of his junior fraternity regiment. This teacher, whose name was undisclosed, had his students perform a step routine while chanting lines from speeches of Barack Obama. Their step and dress are common to anyone who is familiar with African American fraternities. These students, who all happen to be African American, recited lines saying how Obama inspired them to be the next architect, the next lawyer, the next doctor, the next chemical engineer, the next entrepreneur, etc. They also spoke on Obama’s healthcare plan. Foxnews, the source that reported this story, stated the school’s superintendent, Joyce McGautha, felt that teacher should have also spoke about John McCain’s healthcare plan. According to Fox News, McGautha stated, “People are upset that possibly taxpayer money is being used to support one particular candidate and now I can understand that. And I didn’t condone them. I try very, very hard to remain within the limits of the law. I think this is unfortunate.” She also stated she was aware of the video and had a letter sent to the teacher warning him not to put it on the internet. Hmm. Now I can understand some measures being taken if the teacher was told not to put it up. But the superintendent is considering taking legal action against the teacher. So to quote The Joker (Heath Ledger) from Dark Night, “Why So Serious?” I am questioning the motives of the superintendent. Is this really about tax payer dollars supporting one particular candidate. As an African American male, I did not see that. I saw young black men Inspired  by what another African American man is accomplishing, which is seeking the highest office in the most powerful nation in the world. I was inspired from watching this video. But I have to acknowledge what may inspire one person may threaten another individual. As I viewed this video on youtube, I saw that some users had posted their own video responses. As I viewed these videos, I nearly fell out of my chair from laughing so hard at their rediculous repsonses. Some were very scared of the army fatigue uniforms these kids were wearing and by them chanting “Alpha. Omega. Alpha. Omega. ”  Some felt their apparel and chants were very “Marxist” like. No people. Obama is not building an army to lead our country to destruction. But from this video, I can tell you he is leading the next generation of thinkers, doctors, entrepreneurs, lawyers, etc. And that thought also may scare people. We have young black men who have a positive outlook on their lives. Too often, the media portrays a negative depiciton of our black youth. And I believe this teacher was trying to put a stop to that. Thank goodness for You Tube for we are able to create our own t.v. Though it is unfortunate this teacher was suspended and may face a lawsuit, the message he is giving to the world is far more profound.

 

 

9-26-08 Presidential Debate

September 29, 2008

       The debate that was held this past weekend was interesting to say the least. I wouldn’t call the debate great, but it was okay. Though I would say, in my unbiased opinion, Democrat presidential nominee Barack Obama held a clear advantage over Republican presidential candidate John McCain. Many people felt this debate would be a big heavy weight bout, however, each contender only threw light jabs. Each candidate seemed to want to play it safe. I saw Obama as the better speaker. Due to the recent economic woes that have plagued this country, this issue remained the topic of the night as well as foreign policy. I believed Obama shined when discussing the economy. He was “believable.” By this I mean it seemed as if he really was concerned about the effects the economy was having on middle class Americans. Obama stated McCain was out of touch with America’s middle class and their economic issues. McCain constantly attacked Obama’s experience. Many times he said Obama lacked “knowledge” and “judgment.” I couldn’t help, but laugh when McCain stated during the debate “the naiveté of my opponent” or something to that effect. I will admit McCain did perform better on foreign policy questions. But many Americans are more focused on who is going to take them out of the economic slump. So many Americans may be drawn to Barack Obama right now. I could be right or I could be wrong. The war was discussed in the debate and I am sure this topic worked in favor of Obama. The war is pretty unpopular right now and to try and make an argument on why America should stay in it is a definite no no. And that’s what McCain was stressing. He even pulled a bracelet that was given to him by a parent of fallen soldier. He stated the parent told him to not let her son’s death be in vain. This may have lost McCain some points. The war in many American’s eyes is causing the strain on the economy. While Americans are losing money here at home, billions of dollars are being spent by the day in Iraq. Not to mention countless lives that has been lost. But I am hoping to see more of a slugfest in debates to come. I’ll just consider this debate to be the appetizer to the main dish.

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