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Representing

by baldilocks

I agree with this wholeheartedly.

When For­mer Pres­i­dent Obama was still Sen­a­tor Obama, I talked to a lot of black peo­ple who knew next to noth­ing about him but still planned to vote for him because they wanted to “see one of us” become pres­i­dent. One of my friends — a black man, fel­low for­mer USAF lin­guist and a con­ser­v­a­tive — even said that he wanted his two sons to be able to look at the pres­i­dent who look like them and, thereby, believe that they might become pres­i­dent also, one day. (I retorted that Barack Obama’s per­sona, pol­i­tics, poli­cies and actions, con­versely, might have made it that much more dif­fi­cult for another Amer­i­can of black African descent to become POTUS. My friend didn’t listen.)

I under­stood the mind­set more when the ori­gin was a per­son who had per­son­ally expe­ri­enced the Seg­re­gated South and the Black Coded North and West. But for those my age (55) and younger it seemed more akin to a type of indoc­tri­nated mind­set. Black Amer­i­cans have become so use to cel­e­brat­ing the “First Black This” and the “First Black That” that it’s almost as reflex­ive as breathing.

It also seems like a form of nar­cis­sism; a way which points to self and boosts one’s own pride – which is why I find it so trou­bling. Feed­ing pride is always a mis­take and I can’t say that black peo­ple are the only group to engage in it. But, the key to break­ing a mind­set is to point to it and to be always wary of it.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done on Feb­ru­ary 2017! Fol­low her on Twit­ter and on Gab​.ai.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

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baldilocks

by baldilocks

I agree with this wholeheartedly.

When Former President Obama was still Senator Obama, I talked to a lot of black people who knew next to nothing about him but still planned to vote for him because they wanted to “see one of us” become president. One of my friends—a black man, fellow former USAF linguist and a conservative—even said that he wanted his two sons to be able to look at the president who look like them and, thereby, believe that they might become president also, one day. (I retorted that Barack Obama’s persona, politics, policies and actions, conversely, might have made it that much more difficult for another American of black African descent to become POTUS. My friend didn’t listen.)

I understood the mindset more when the origin was a person who had personally experienced the Segregated South and the Black Coded North and West. But for those my age (55) and younger it seemed more akin to a type of indoctrinated mindset. Black Americans have become so use to celebrating the “First Black This” and the “First Black That” that it’s almost as reflexive as breathing.

It also seems like a form of narcissism; a way which points to self and boosts one’s own pride–which is why I find it so troubling. Feeding pride is always a mistake and I can’t say that black people are the only group to engage in it. But, the key to breaking a mindset is to point to it and to be always wary of it.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done on February 2017! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!

baldilocks