The wind blows for B. Hussein Obama, son of black Kenyan Muslim and American white mother, Hawaiian-born American citizen, candidate for the president of the United States. If it ever was about diversity and tolerance, that’s over now. It’s about race. The wind is blowing–that is, black woman Oprah “free wind” Winfrey. Oprah was never involved in politics before. She’s staunchly avoided it. But now she’s leaped in, head over heels, stirring up a perfect political storm for her boy Obama. Why now? Why Obama?
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., center, and his wife
Michelle, left, are joined by Oprah Winfrey during a rally in Columbia, S.C., Sunday,
Dec. 9, 2007. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Obviously, she’s black. B. Hussein Obama is black. There is no other reason. It’s pure race. Nothing wrong with the bothers and sisters hanging together, of course. But, just in case anyone thought Oprah Winfrey was white, or, risen so high above race on the wings of wealth and notoriety (–for what no one seems to know) that she would never be found catering to blacks, this little political interlude demonstrates the truth of the matter: black is out for black. Plain an simple. Again, there’s nothing wrong with this at all. It’s just important to remember this kind of thing, whenever one starts idolizing the social triumphs of a “minority” (i.e., a black) any too much. Only the white race, in general, has succeeded in denying itself the cast of race. The status of non-racial identity is achievable only by whites. The rest of the world is a “race.”
There are so many black women in America who are just as fat (or thin), with just as many failed affairs, just as loquacious, and just as smart, that the rise of ‘Open Windfree’ remains a media phenomenon. Apparently, American society needed to pay homage to a black woman in a safe, entertaining way. Americans could watch a black woman talk on TV, and not have to live by her, or go to a party with her, or invite her over for dinner. So, Winfrey seems to have evolved into the whirling vortex of the national, sublimated charity, pity, and maybe guilt, at least on the part of American white folks. Fine. It’s a non-violent social safety valve. It lets off psychological steam. It makes everyone feel better, supposedly–to pay attention to a black woman, to buy her book, to spend time with her, vicariously.
But, Obama? Barak Hussein Obama? Oprah Winfrey is going all out to support B. Hussein Obama ? Well, nearly all big media people are liberal or Democrat. So, why not support a woman, like Hillary? Hillary is the first woman with a real chance to be president. Apparently, race trumps gender. This isn’t really about politics or ideology, or the Wind’s direction on Iraq, healthcare, or taxes. This is just about a black media star lending full support to another black who is running for president of the United States. This is a fantasy about a black person becoming white, or, living in the White House.
Two blacks unite for career achievement, and, of course, for the “advancement of colored people.” It isn’t about tolerance or diversity at all, really. It’s about personal ambition. Two blacks unite to demand tolerance–of themselves, personally–of their race, collaterally. And there isn’t anything wrong with that, either. It’s just obvious, that’s all–and obviously the opposite of the profession of racial transcendence. Both B. Hussein Obama and Oprah Winfrey have experience much more social success than millions of white people ever will. They don’t need tolerance or diversity in their lives. They’re not representing a racial cause, either. They’re not demanding ‘equal rights’ for the black share croppers of eastern Arkansas or even for the black folks flooded out in New Orleans. In a way, one might wonder if either of them are even interested in the black people.
We know that Oprah is, though it isn’t always specifically black. (And at least Obama had sense enough to marry a black woman.) So, in this sense, they have every right to combine forces for Obama’s presidential bid. Why not? It is surely a good thing for black people, no?
But now, will we have to reassess Oprah’s politics (if she has any)? Does she support Obama’s political positions? Obama may or may not salute the flag of the United States. He wants to end the war in Iraq, not win it. He’s never really impressed anyone as being particularly American. Black people are greatly mistaken if they think he feels about America what most of them feel. Obama is essentially a kind of foreigner. Now, Oprah’s claim to fame is essential Americanism–the American dream, a simple, insignificant black woman rising to unparalleled heights of fame and fortune (and keeping her head pretty much together while she’s at it!). But, association with her isn’t going to make him an all-American boy. It’s just not going to happen–not with is background, and not with the name Barak Hussein Obama. Never in a million years.
So, Oprah Winfrey is really risking alot in her own reputation. She has a lot to risk, true. She can afford it, no doubt. But, should we not be disappointed that her reckless political debut should involve such dubious American idendity as that toted by B. Hussein Obama? She’ll never make her boy an American Negro. He will never be able to identify with the black people of America.
Are they naive enough to vote for him–just because he’s black?
That is true race-ism. It is a positive form of it, but, that kind of race-based loyality can apparently trump patriotism. Color can transcend nationalism. This is “deeply troubling,” right Hillary? No wonder Obama foes are trying to make him out to be a Muslim. (Urban Legends, or Snopes.com, seems to be a good thing to have around on points like this. See, Obama/Muslim.) Well, making him out to be something other than a blue-blooded American patriot isn’t difficult at all. But, he’s the one who wants to run for office. The American people didn’t invite him to run.
Simply by the fact that he is running, and that someone like Oprah Winfrey has decided to support him fully, only shows where American politics is today. It’s about race, religion, and gender. And, deeper than that, it’s all a parade for social justice-mongers. Everyone wants justice. Some kind of justice. “I’ve been wronged” is the theme of American media-tuned society today. Politicians must appeal to the people’s sense of justice. “I want what’s mine! You get it for me!” is what the people demand. Thus, we have the politicians we have today.
Well, Obama wants to quit in Iraq, but wants to start up in Dafur–you know, the black African country. We must stop the genocide there, etc. (Why, Obama even divested $180,000 of personal holdings in Sudan-related stock.) Ann Coulter sums up that kind of liberal, Democrat thinking (If Democrats Had Any Brains, They’d Be Republicans, p.137):
[they are] hysterically demanding that we pull out of Iraq because we’re putting our troops in the middle of a civil war [while] demanding we send troops uninvited into Darfur into the middle of a civil war. I haven’t heard a single Darfur “exit strategy” from the whole lot of them.
Oprah thinks Obama stands for change, but, change isn’t a matter of race. It’s a matter of ideas. I don’t see anything particularly distinguished in Obama’s message, nothing that can be differentiated from the most standard liberal, Democrat, even anti-American jargon. The only change Obama offers is the color of his skin. And that would only be for the White House. That would only count in the Oval Office.
What a weak ticket. President because he’s black? Oprah may need to reconsider what she’s doing. But then, who expected anything substantial from her? Who expected a perspective with depth from her anyway? If she had that, how could she have become so “popular?” Strong winds only blow over houses made of straw.