Saturday, November 08, 2008

Obama is The MAn

Barack Hussain Obama is the first black man to be the President of the United States of America.

It's unbelievable, scary, thrilling, worrisome exciting, inspirational and sublime.

Black people have never been happier about a singular subject. People around the world have never been happier about America. Up here in Montreal Quebec, ask anyone what they think and they'll explode into ecstatic conversation.

Incredible how this contrasts the McCain ticket. Had the preposterous Republican ticket of the Old Man and his Nurse been elected, the shadow of depression cast upon the consciousness of the world by the Bush Administration would deepen. America's Last Chance would have to wait another four years, if we lasted that long under President Palin.

A friend of mine said something I'm sure many black folk are thinking: that you can no longer say 'The Man' because Obama is president. But skin colour and heritage does not necessarily mean he can change the way things have always been.

But there's hope.

Still, Barack Obama IS part of the system and so are we. Every time we buy Nikeys Ruffles and diamonds we're the Man. Shop@ Walmart and Ikea we're the man, eat factory-farmed meat and go to the Dollarstore we're the man.


President-elect Obama does something McCain could never do in a thousand years: make people smile millions of miles away. Have people cheering "Yes we can" and smile his name to a complete stranger.

Even if it's a conspiracy and the Republicans offered such a pathetic ticket in Palin and McCain that we almost had no choice but to choose the most logical, charismatic, intelligent, young and honourable candidate, Obama gives us something we haven't had in a long time: hope.

I believe. All we can do is wait and see and maybe, just maybe, try and let him inspire us to be better people.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Special Request

If Barack Obama becomes the First Black President of the United States of America, I hereby request a small favour:

Can those who use the word 'nigga' please replace it with 'Obama'?

Thank you