June 18, 2008

Moving on Up, to the White Side

Is Barack Obama still black? I think we need to check every day, perhaps even every hour. Yeah, yeah, I know, he's biracial or, as I noted yesterday: "The biracial, post-racial, omniracial, all-encompassing, metaphysically omnipotent, above-, below-, all-around-, beyond-racial Obama is offering you salvation, sisters and brothers." Can I hear an Amen?


God, you're good. I'm all a-tremble, and my knees are knocking. I'm high on Barack! Woohoo!

It should be obvious that I'm speaking of issues much deeper and much more significant than heredity and skin color alone. I'm speaking of the issues I analyzed in "The Triumph of the White, Male Ruling Class," and here as well:
Very interestingly, however, [Uri] Avnery neglects to mention a further critical reason for Obama's identification with "American whites," although he hints at it. That reason is one I discussed in the first part of my "Triumph" series, and it must never be forgotten. It's a simple and terrible reason: Obama wants power. This is not a secondary or related, tangential issue: we are talking about politics here, so it is the reason. He wants power. In America, if you want power, you must be white -- or you must adopt all the trappings of the white rulers. That's it, that's the whole thing. Power accrues to the white, male ruling class. Period.
So, listen up, Obama, you supra-, dupra-, no kinda-racial miracle man. Earl Ofari Hutchinson has a few things to say to you:
Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama thundered to long, loud and vigorous applause from a Father's Day Chicago church crowd that black fathers don't engage with their children.

A month before Obama made this stereotypical and plainly false assertion, Boston University professor Rebekah Levine Coley, in a comprehensive study on the black family, found that black fathers who aren't in the home are much more likely to sustain regular contact with their children than absentee white fathers, or for that matter, fathers of any other ethnic group. The study is not an obscure study buried in the thick pages of a musty academic journal. It was widely cited in a feature article on black fathers in the May 19, 2008 issue of Newsweek. There was no excuse then to spout this myth. The facts are totally contrary to Obama's knock.

But then again, this kind of over the top, sweeping talk about alleged black father irresponsibility from Obama isn't new. In stump speeches, he's pounded black men for their alleged father dereliction, irresponsibility and negligence.


Obama presents absolutely no evidence to back up this devastating indictment. The worst case estimate is that slightly less than half of black children live in fatherless homes. But that's only a paper figure. When income, education, individual background, and middle-class status are factored in the gap between black and white children who live in intact, two-parent households is much narrower.

This points to the single greatest reason for the higher number of black children who live in one-parent households. That reason is poverty. A 2007 study noted that a black father's ability to financially contribute the major support in the home is the major determinant of whether he remains in the home. That's no surprise considering that despite changing gender values and emphasis society still dumps the expectation and burden on men to be the principal breadwinner and financial provider. Put bluntly, men and the notion of manhood are still mainly defined by their ability to bring home the bacon. A man who falls short of that standard is considered a failure and loser.

The chronic near Great Depression levels of unemployment, not to mention rampant job discrimination, endemic failing public schools, and stigma of a criminal record virtually condemn many young black men to wear the tag of societal failures as men and fathers. Obama in his rap against black men as fathers says nothing about the economic devastation that drives many black men from the home or prevents them from being in the home in the first place.
See also, Margaret Kimberley.

Is there any element of the belief system and the propaganda of the white, male ruling class that Obama will decline to adopt as his own? That answer would be: No. A big, fat, voracious, bodacious, mendacious, omniracial: No.