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    Monday, September 22, 2008

    Written by John Walker

    John Walker is a previous guest writer who wrote Did Latinos Betray Blacks? and Is Obama Too Black? In this provocative opinion piece Walker questions the state of Black Americans, our social accountability and what exactly does Sen. Barack Obama represent as a potential president. Again, I do not agree with everything he says, but it's an interesting perspective.

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    I'm beginning to understand, to my horror, that we are in fact a people not yet ready for freedom. Nobody respects a fool, not even other fools.

    The more this election rolls on the more I understand why black people are in the shape that we are in. As a people we are so naïve, not just about issues of race, but about daily survival. Collectively and individually, too many black people look like the "deer caught in headlights"—my heart is heavy about it. Sometimes I use harsh and provocative language to cover up my sincere sadness over a people, my people, who are silly beyond words. I grieve for my people.

    The conservatives and so-called "white" swing voters don't just dislike Sen. Barack Obama, more importantly; they hate your black ass. Seeing those black delegates at the Democratic National Convention on primetime TV, smiling and crying with tears of joy is what makes them hate. We are so grateful for this moment in history, but not considering are dire, freedomless circumstances.

    Statistics and my own life experience bares witness of a people who are poverty-stricken, sickly, in debt, and are not able to see themselves within the context of a hostile environment because they perceive no threat. When I say threat, I'm not talking about white mob attacks, but the vulnerability of health, food, shelter and clothing (and not your Gucci rag/bag)… think every hurricane season in
    Louisiana and Texas.

    Even if we go to college, rack up on degrees, we're still winding up in debt and at risk to life's challenges. Black people always seem to be taken by surprise and then cry "Lawd, Jesus help me!", which isn't a testimony of faith, but instead the braying of an ass.

    Why do we spend more than we have and then wonder why we are broke? Literally, check-to-check and thinking that living in such a vulnerable state is security, having no concept that your bills should total no more than 60% of your gross income —particularly if we're trying to gain financial stability.

    Why do we think that we can be overweight and not get sick? Then have the audacity to be shocked when stroke, diabetes and heart attack come a-knockin'?

    Why do we think we can act with no discretion within our sex lives and NOT contract HIV/AIDS?

    I'm sorry to say all despair is not tragedy; some of this sh*t is earned. When I stumble, the most sobering and empowering thing I can do for myself is acknowledge my own contribution to my circumstance and then correct it. To understand that the heavens didn't conspire against me, but instead I've been unjust to myself.

    We are a people in a state of disrepair, expecting positive output from ill-conceived inputs "in the name of Jesus."

    That legacy plagues us to this very hour. We were not nor do we raise our children to compete. No wonder, for all the wrong reasons, most of us think we need a Barack Obama win...like showing a Negro child they can be somebody —just stupid.

    John Walker is a guest writer for ClayCane.net. This is an opinion piece and does not necessarily reflect the views of Clay Cane.

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