Surely if we continue on our current course we risk the utter divestiture of our carnal and metaphysical selves–a cost which is far too high–mandating that we ought not surrender to surreptitious slander sanctioned by racially-dominant polities.
No that wasn’t the skillful orator, Michael Eric Dyson, but it could have been him–or the RZA. In the above video, Dr. Dyson begins his discussion with a salty “I ain’t been nowhere.” While his discussion centers, ostensibly, around disagreeing with Obama on political issues, he begins his too-long monologue with a rather acrimonious comment or two on how he hasn’t been invited to the White House. So the F what?!
As the video goes on, Dr. Dyson goes on to discuss Obama shying away from issues of race–a subject my brotha Earpiece has commented on here.
Now, let me say that I have a great deal of respect for Dr. Dyson for his intellectual capabilities. There is no denying that the brotha has a brilliant mind, and he can quote just about any hip hop artist worth listening to. I also recognize that while Dr. Dyson is not known for being on the physical front lines of battles, he has held his ground intellectually, and a war (yes we are at war) must be fought on different fronts. Contrary to popular “revolutionary” talk, philosophy gives credence to action, so we need thinkers everybody.
Still, I find it difficult to swallow that this man is salty about not being invited to the White House. He sounds dangerously close to smelling his own piss–so to speak. Let us be clear, Obama has a more difficult task than any U.S. president has ever had to meet (yeah I said it). He has the world’s eye on him at a time of turmoil with U.S. borders. He must negotiate the competing interests of powers from within and from without. Almost anything he does is measured in degrees of failure rather than success, and I cannot begin to understand what it takes to do his job and be a husband and father. We have no idea what he knows, and we would do well to keep that in mind when discussing him or any president.
Back to Dr. Dyson–we (those of us who supported Obama) have done our jobs. We got the man elected. Now let the man do what he was elected for. When he needs it, we will offer correction, but to rant on for any given amount of time about how you haven’t been able to kick it in the White House or hang out with the president is just plain stupid and narcissistic. Get over yourself Dr. Dyson. Play your position buddy.
…there’s gotta be some rules people!
(Rule 78: the goals are bigger than your ego)