Obama is Unstoppable!
I read a book; The Man, a fictional story on a black man who became president of United States (US). After he was sworn in, most folks in White House left because they did not want to serve a black president. Well, that may be the fictional side but the non-fictional side is that Senetor (Sen.). Obama, will be the president everyone would like to serve.
I never knew that such will happen in my lifetime; a candidate of Kenyan blood and White Kansas woman, giving the world someone whose appearance and stand thus far, makes him the biggest celebrity in the world. I wonder had Obama changed his name and taken one that suited the American audience, would his emergence be so appealing?
There is something in a name, and for native Africans that tend to give their children names so that they look and sound more like Americans should take note. America looks for something different and exciting; that something different and exciting, also has to do with the name. Sen. Obama, once went with 'Barry' instead of BARACK, but soon realized there is something in a name and reverted to his given name. While some Americans are sensitive to certain names, if the bearer of that name has nothing to offer; endowed and has collateral content, Americans will embrace, adore and pronounce the name. California governor is a good example and so are many first generation immigrants that transformed and joined in.
Although Sen. Obama never lived in Kenya, he passionately identifies with his roots with strong African American community experience that we all belong to. An African American man is no longer that black American who could not identify any part of an African country as his/her native land. But, is that black person who either by design and or default sees Africa as the source of black faces throughout the world. Will Obama's ascendancy help ignite pride and confidence in a people? Not necessarily. But a significant difference will emerge especially on the American side. In most places where there are significant black faces, they are subdued. The south Americas, home to the largest population of black faces outside of Africa, their socio-political and economic stand is still less than.
Often, most native Africans in US seek to remain aloft and detached; but if one is to succeed in the political landscape of the US, one needs to join in with the African American community. The black experience in US is a good learning classroom for any foreign born black who wants to make a giant stride into the greater American community. No matter what native Africans say and believe, the African American community is a laboratory of things to know and appreciate in settling into America and receiving a warm welcome. Reach out and touch and embrace.
The geography of our birth, while it may confer certain behavior, a black person is still seen in the eyes of many as hapless. While one should maintain an identity, one must not let one's identity define them as America is a smorgasbord; the largest experience of fusion on human living and existence. No other country on the face of the earth has our type of tribal mixes but we are joined by common goal: Do what is good for the country and pursue happiness doing so.
As Democratic National Convention (DNC) approaches and thereafter, the November showdown, are you ready? Are you a registered voter and if so, have you registered one more voter? While majority vote does not win the presidential election in US: The electoral college vote does. The majority vote is just as significant and important. Everyone in US and indeed the world is expectant and excited about the election, and it is because OBAMA is a formidable candidate and most likely to win. The presidential debate will be watched like none before now.
I leave you with this Igbo saying, 'there is no need for a long sermon on an afternoon Sunday service because the priest/pastor already said so in the morning service'. Take the sermon and go make things happen. The prestige and image of the colored one lies on this 'August' election we are looking forward to in November.
Comment on this article!