What was she thinking, better yet what was he thinking?

Come on now, you know the kid couldn’t resist getting in on the discussion about Sarah Palin. Seriously as busy as I have been seeing off elder child and working on deadline, I have been paying attention to the news. Damn, McNasty must have been hard up to pick Sarah Palin. Its a shame I am not a Rethuglican since I am almost certain that I am more qualified for the VP slot then ole Sarah, plus I am not about to be a granny at an insanely young age either.

All jokes aside, when I first heard he picked Sarah, I though, wow! However once I heard the rumors about how the last baby she had a few months ago might be her daughter’s, I got confused and thought I was watching a bad Lifetime flick entitled Mama’s Love or some shit like that. Then yesterday when I heard that her 17 yo daughter Bristol was pregnant, I nearly fell out my chair and started wondering what the fuck were these folks thinking?

Seriously, anybody who would sign up to play second banana to McCain pretty much knows that should he win, the man is old and with a history of cancer could kick the bucket on the job, thus catapulting the second banana into a starring role as leader of the free world. That said, might it be a good idea to pick someone whose not embroiled in their own version of a soap opera… rumors of babies that aren’t really yours, pregnant teens, ethics investigations. All things that say to me, maybe if I had that type of shit going on in my life, maybe trying to VP is a bad idea.

Now I hear the Evangelicals are trying to spin this into a positive, poor Bristol is human, yep I agree and like all humans she is flawed. I got that. However aren’t these the same assholes who would be talking greasy if this were a poor girl of color, placing blame on loose morals? 

However since I am on deadline, I need to wrap this up but not before I pose the question that has been driving me crazy, what kind of Mama would be so eager to take on a job, that she would sacrifice her own kids? IMO someone who shouldn’t be trying to lead or be in charge of shit. See, I know this is a private family matter and while Obama may want to take the high road on this matter, as others have stated, if this was one of Obama’s girls, the Republicans would be all over this like white on rice, trying to assassinate Barack and Michelle’s character. Yet because its a hard working Christian Mama its ok? I call bullshit on that.

No Sarah, you ain’t fooling no one with the look of being super Mama, willing to deliver speeches and fly 13 hours to have your baby after your water broke. Beyotch please, after my water broke, all I wanted to do was lay down and moan… who in their right mind gets on a plane bypassing a zillion hospitals to have a baby 13 hours away. Um, nobody, at least no one sane unless they were trying to plan a clever ruse to claim their daughter’s baby as their own. However maybe I am wrong and you just really liked your OB in Alaska, If it turns out I am wrong, well I will kick the butts for a day. How about that?

With regards to Bristol, I hope she really loves her baby’s daddy and isn’t being forced into a marriage that is the result of a youthful indiscretion all because Mommy is a pro-life wack job that believes in marriage.

As for McCain, I hope Sarah ain’t got no more secrets in the closet otherwise your plan to land the PUMAS is really going wrong. Though I can’t help wondering when you looked at Sarah, in her naughty librarian getup where you looking for a little side action from Cindy’s ice queen routine?

Amazing times..mulling over Obama

I am in the midst of dealing with a ton of personal stuff this week, elder child is wrapping up his summer and getting ready to head back to his Pops house. I have been on a mad tour of preschools, turns out looking for the right preschool for a 3 year old is much like looking for the right college these days. Plus I have back to back deadlines for clients which while ultimately good for my pocketbook is bad for my short term sanity.

All that said, today the enormity of Barack Obama actually becoming the Democratic nominee just hit me, it truly was not that many years ago us Black folks were still drinking out the colored water fountains and putting up with some really stank ass shit, in other words living like second tier citizens. My own Pops lived through much of it, since he was born and reared in rural Arkansas, he saw his own Dad fighting to vote.

Yet in just one generation, we have gone from seeing Black folks fighting to vote to actually being able to vote for a Black man. Now I will be the first one to say that as racist as America is, I at 35 never expected to see this day happen. I figured this might happen in my kids generation, but never in my own. But we are here, so tonight I sit back and just enjoy this moment. Clearly its not a done deal, Obama is going to have bring it 200% if he actually plans to win this shit since there are plenty of racists that would rather let a crazy old war mongering bastard be in charge, bit tonight join me in celebrating this victory and remembering the ancestors.. many who gave their lives for the possibility that tonight would become a reality.

Revisiting White Privilege and the Hillary Supporters

Last night I had a chance to catch Michelle Obama’s speech at the DNC convention, all I can say is wow! I swear I like her better than her husband, she appears to be authentic, I look at her and see myself and so many other Black women in her.. she represents well.

So I went to bed, feeling warm and fuzzy since between that emotional speech and those 2 gorgeous daughters, I was feeling good that I actually had the chance to catch the happenings last night.

Well the bubble was busted this morning when I woke up to my usual dose of NPR and the coverage about last night’s happenings at the DNC and they were discussing the Hillary factor, and had a couple of die hard Hillary supporters being interviewed. Let me just say they pissed me off, both women were clearly white, one described herself as an academic, the other a professional. They both spoke of how passionately they believed in Hillary and just needed proper closure before they could even consider supporting Obama. Wait! Hold the fuck up… you need closure. Um, newsflash, your candidate lost, time to move the fuck on.

Then it hit me, what has been bothering me most about the Clinton supporters who cannot let go and those that have  expressed the fucked up thought that they would rather vote for McCain over Obama (um, that’s not even logical but what the fuck does a little black chick from Maine know?). I think what bugs me most is that every time I hear these women speak, I am hearing them speak from a place of white privilege yet none of them would dare call it that. Oh, no, its coded in such a way that it sounds good, they use deep words, very emotional and moving language that while passionate, what they are really saying is  that losing to a nigger was never part of their expectations. I rarely use the n-word here but this is one time it feels fitting.  No, white privilege is predicated on the very false notion that whites are better than lowly people of color? Now, I admit I am not going to take the academic route here but white privilege is real and I sincerely believe the reason Clinton supporters can’t let go is that losing to a man of color is just not acceptable. When one operates from a place of privilege they in essence are able to look at the world through rose colored lenses, as I have written before white privilege allows one to make assumptions and not ever have to think about it, as I posted once before its simple shit like literally shitting where you want.

I have been Black all my life and its been my observation that whenever a Black persons bests a white person in something, no matter how trivial, the average white person gets uncomfortable. I won’t say all as my spousal unit is white and I know some good white folks but the vast majority only pay lip service to wanting to be equal.. in the end, for many white privilege comes into play.

At this point I feel like white privilege is too deeply ingrained in many Clinton supporters (where were these women when Hillary was being made to look like a fool while Bill was having not real sexual relations with Monica?), then again maybe just as I see bits of myself in Michelle Obama, perhaps these women see bits of themselves reflected in Hillary. Staying with a man, you really want to throw hot grits on when he has publicly humiliated you.. yet you stay because through him you can access power. However at the same time staying in a soul-less partnership drains you but at the end of the day, much like Scarlett O’Hara you believe there will be a better tomorrow, after all you are woman.. hear you roar. That was until that interloper aka Obama showed up. Ok, I admit I am getting goofy..not enough coffee yet.

Really though, the bottom line is that for me I believe white privilege is playing a large role in why some of the Clinton supporters cannot or will not support Obama. The pundits love to say Obama cannot close the deal, well unless the brotha gets a vat of white paint to give himself a makeover, with some folks he won’t close the deal and the sooner he accepts that and focuses on those he can convince to support him, the better off he will be.