Black Americans and the Obama Dilemma
When Black Americans decided that they would throw their full support behind Barack Obama in both of his presidential runs, they set in motion a rolling stone that cannot be stopped. It is foolish and dangerous to give your unyielding support to anyone, let alone someone you know very little about. As a Christian American black female back in 2008, I got in many heated discussions with who I thought were other intelligent Christian black Americans (some were my close friends since childhood). I got the shock of my life when I was yelled at and called all kinds of names by individuals that I thought were both Christians and also my friends. No matter how many facts I presented about candidate Barack Obama’s record supporting issues that were contrary to what these individuals claim to be against (e.g. abortion), they were unyielding in their support for the black presidential candidate.
During the 2007-2008 presidential campaign, I was in the military on active duty. I used to sometimes spend my lunch break in the Wing Chaplain’s office discussing scriptures with the chaplain. I had a tremendous amount of respect for this chaplain, who happened to be black. He would constantly try to convince me to come and speak at his church (he pastored a church in the community) because I had such in-depth knowledge of the scriptures. Our relationship was going well until the tapes of Rev. Jeremiah Wright surfaced. I had not discussed politics nor Barack Obama’s candidacy with him up until that point. I was so offended by the things that Rev. Wright was saying on the tapes and the whole Black Liberation Theology that I brought it up to him.I thought that he (being a Christian pastor) would be just as offended as I was and reject the whole Black Liberation Theology. I was floored by the response that I got from him. He in turn told me that he himself had studied Black Liberation Theology when he was in seminary (he attended Howard University) and he understood where Rev. Wright was coming from because he (the chaplain) too had experienced racism. He then asked if I was supporting Obama. I immediately started laying out the facts about candidate Obama’s record on abortion and he got agitated with me. He looked at me and said, “Who am I supposed to support, McCain”? That was the last conversation that I had with him.
Fast forward to May 9, 2012 when President Barack Obama publically stated that his support for gay marriage had “evolved”. Black Americans and clergy were privately angry and embarrassed that the first black president came out in support of gay marriage. Nonetheless, blacks could not speak out against the president because no one could know (especially white America) that blacks were in disagreement with the first black president. Every black person that I talked to was angry that President Obama had come out in support of gay marriage, but when I asked them whether or not they were going to vote for him in the upcoming election, they all said “of course”. Their rationale was that if blacks did not support Obama, the racist Republicans and the Tea Party would destroy him.
Since Obama has been president, he has overturned Don’t Ask Don’t Tell allowing gays to openly serve in the military. He has made personal phone calls to both Jason Collins and Michael Sams (both black athletes) congratulating them for coming out of the closet. Black Americans were privately seething with anger and embarrassment after it was reported that the president personally called and congratulated these black athletes for their courage for coming out of the closet. Black Americans did not expect the first black President to support gay marriage. Most blacks are against the homosexual lifestyle, as well as abortion. When you support someone based on the color of his/her skin alone without examining his/her record and character, you cannot help but end up in a dilemma. When you cast aside your so-called Christian faith in exchange for the color of someone’s skin, you end up in a dilemma. Barack Obama does not care in the least about black Americans. With the President’s horrendous record on everything from the economy, healthcare, to foreign policy, black Americans are hoping that the historians rewrite history to make the falling first Black President a success. However, the one thing that black Americans know that no historian can rewrite is that the first black president did more for the homosexual agenda than any president in history, and that is the dilemma.