In Utica New York people live in a bubble. A tightknit, well preserved, bubble of developmental retardation. It effects everything from the Arts, Food and the Economy. It is a provincial attitude of exclusivity that has effectively shut the door on progress around here.The fact McCain carried Oneida and Herkimer counties speaks for itself.
McCain Wins Around Here
I know a local cop.
He’s black (one of eight black officers out of 200 plus).
There is currently a pool at the station for how long Obama can survive.
A complete stranger ( white male) walked up to him and said : “you people got all the power now”.
I guess we will know for sure when the arrest rate goes down. When we are not the only people on death row.
I guess we will know when there are more of our young men in College than prison.
I know we will have power, not to be confused with arrogance, when the imagery of a Black man in the most important job in the world settles in with our young boys and girls. When they can secretly say to themselves two simple words: ‘I Can’
Perplexing concept right?
Black President. Where are all the psychics now? No one in the world even thought it was possible, except me and Obama.
I’ll admit I did not get on the bandwagon until he announced his run in 07′.
During that time even the black pundits scrutinized him. In his hometown , Chicago, Mary Mitchell from The Sun Times put him to the ‘blackness test’.
But what possessed that guy to come up to complete stranger and blurt out his misguided opinion. My officer buddy was on his second sip of coffee of the day and was so offguard all he could muster was “Power? shiiiiiit I want some damn money”.
There will be a white backlash. All one needs to do is listen to the conservative pulse and you will hear hate, fear and frustration.
Ancient hate for anything not the same as them.
Fear of Black Men.
Frustration with the current scam being pulled on them by the very people they elected and currently support.
A backlash carried out by staunch, pragmatic racists. People who understand how little Obama can do about daily indiscretions people do not even know they fall victim to.
Dirty stuff like” “Oh, we don’t have any applications and we are not hiring anyway”.
You ask to speak to the manager and explain how you saw the ad in the paper. He explains “Oh yeah that ad…a simple mistake, we already filled that position”.
You go out on a limb and explain that you were instructed over the phone (where anyone can be white with enough practice) to come down and : “fill out and app”. Things get awkward and you realize you would not want to work where you are not welcome anyway.
Obama was symbolic and a tonic for our Global reputation but it will take years to…
Because they know how little Obama can do about the coded language and subtle slights that are a part of everyone’s life. Because some of our local elected Democrats admitted in private they did not think America was ready for a Black President.
It needs to be said again: in places like this, Utica, even democrats voted for McCain.
A kneejerk reaction to the preposterous idea of a Black man in charge.
One of the kids that regularly attends the community center I work at was kicked out of class and suspended for singing a popular new variation of a rap song that includes the chant : OBAMA-OBAMA-OBAMA. He didn’t get kicked out during class but while entering the class.
It was homeroom.
Five black basketball players (ironic right?), starters from the previous year, where called into the coaches office and told “you need not even go to tryouts”.
It was already bad enough around here.
White people have enjoyed a sense of entitlement for a long time around here and everywhere else in America except the deepest of Black communities. Most do not carry around their privilege card. They move about the world with compassion and respect- even kindness.
But a few are scared. A few believe they are losing something. A few believe the welfare gates are going to be flung wide open and black folks are going to get reparations for slavery and years of disenfranchisement.
To a few this is a nightmare.
They do not take into account the big business welfare policies we have adopted in place of social welfare. They fail to realize that many of them them fall into the very demographic that will benefit from Obama’s proposed tax plan.
Another friend told me he was talking to an ex-girlfriend (white ex) regarding the election. This wise Rochester resident shared her fear that: “now you guys are going to start acting different…you know… like you got power.” He stared at the phone like it bit him.
Personally, I won’t be happy until I get the simple and humble benefit of the doubt. I won’t be happy until people stop making uneducated assumptions about me or anyone who looks like me. I won’t be happy until I do not intimidate strangers by my mere presence.
I won’t be happy until the generation that overwhelmingly supported Obama (20-30 yr olds); the generation that I have accused of being ‘dumbed down’ and unenlightened, is in charge.
They also know cars can run on water and ethanol is stupid.
Hurry up guys- get involved.
This is your world now.