obama's recent suggestion that, "if he had a son, he would look like Trayvon Martin" got me thinking. If he is referring to Martin's race, because obama is mixed race himself, his son would likely have as much in common with George Zimmerman as he would with Martin. Yet, if he wasn't referring solely to Martin's race, obama's statement is believable to me.
I imagine if obama had a son, the kid very well may have been walking around looking like Martin; "thug style" with no parental supervision. If he had a son, I imagine his Twitter handle would be something like Martin's "NO_LIMIT_NIGGA" and his tweets would be similar to Martin's: 'Plzz shoot da #mf dat lied 2 u!', etc. Because obama doesn't seem too fond of the concept of personal accountability and because of his belief that government should raise children rather than parents; like Martin, his son likely would have assaulted a bus driver, been suspended from school for truancy, drugs, or graffiti, or been caught with a backpack full of women's jewelry and a burglary tool, etc.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not attempting to justify Martin's death because he was a thug or a criminal. None of the above is punishable by death, and if it is found that Zimmerman was not warranted in his actions, I support prosecution to the fullest extent of the law. However, if witness testimony is accurate that Martin attacked Zimmerman, slamming his head to the ground and beating him while Zimmerman called for help (heard on 911 tapes and backed by witness testimony and police report), then we are talking a whole different story.
The point I wanted to make with this post goes back to some very enlightening words from Bill Cosby in a speech to the NAACP's celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education (making segregation illegal).
The following are some pertinent excerpts taken from Cosby's 2004 speech:
"We cannot blame white people. The lower economic and lower middle economic people are not holding their end in this deal. In the neighborhood that most of us grew up in, parenting is not going on. Fifty percent drop out -- rest of them in prison. Fifty percent drop out rate, and people in jail, and women having children by five, six different men. Under what excuse? Grandmother, mother, and great grandmother in the same room, raising children, and the child knows nothing about love or respect of any one of the three of them. All this child knows is “gimme, gimme, gimme.” These people want to buy the friendship of a child, and the child couldn’t care less. these people are not parenting. They’re buying things for the kid -- $500 sneakers -- for what? They won’t buy or spend $250 on Hooked on Phonics."
"It’s not what they’re doing to us. It’s what we’re not doing. 50 percent drop out. Look, we’re raising our own ingrown immigrants. These people are fighting hard to be ignorant. There’s no English being spoken, and they’re walking and they’re angry. Oh God, they’re angry and they have pistols and they shoot and they do stupid things. And after they kill somebody, they don’t have a plan. Just murder somebody. Boom. Over what?"
"I’m talking about these people who cry when their son is standing there in an orange suit. Where were you when he was two? Where were you when he was twelve? Where were you when he was eighteen, and how come you don’t know he had a pistol? And where is his father, and why don’t you know where he is? And why doesn’t the father show up to talk to this boy? And then they stand there in an orange suit and you drop to your knees: “He didn’t do anything. He didn’t do anything.” Yes, he did do it. And you need to have an orange suit on, too."
"Looking at the incarcerated, these are not political criminals. These are people going around stealing Coca Cola. People getting shot in the back of the head over a piece of pound cake! Then we all run out and are outraged: “The cops shouldn’t have shot him.” What the hell was he doing with the pound cake in his hand? I wanted a piece of pound cake just as bad as anybody else. And I looked at it and I had no money. And something called parenting said if you get caught with it you’re going to embarrass your mother." Not, "You’re going to get your butt kicked." No. "You’re going to embarrass your mother." "You’re going to embarrass your family." If you knock that girl up, you’re going to have to run away because it’s going to be too embarrassing for your family."
"People putting their clothes on backwards. Isn’t that a sign of something going on wrong? Are you not paying attention? People with their hat on backwards, pants down around the crack. Isn’t that a sign of something or are you waiting for Jesus to pull his pants up? Isn’t it a sign of something when she’s got her dress all the way up to the crack -- and got all kinds of needles and things going through her body. What part of Africa did this come from? We are not Africans. Those people are not Africans; they don’t know a damned thing about Africa. With names like Shaniqua, Shaligua, Mohammed and all that crap and all of them are in jail. (When we give these kinds names to our children, we give them the strength and inspiration in the meaning of those names. What’s the point of giving them strong names if there is not parenting and values backing it up)."
"I can’t even talk the way these people talk: “Why you ain’t where you is go ra?” I don’t know who these people are. And I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk. Then I heard the father talk. This is all in the house. You used to talk a certain way on the corner and you got into the house and switched to English. Everybody knows it’s important to speak English except these knuckleheads. You can’t land a plane with, “Why you ain’t…” You can’t be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth. There is no Bible that has that kind of language. Where did these people get the idea that they’re moving ahead on this. Well, they know they’re not; they’re just hanging out in the same place, five or six generations sitting in the projects when you’re just supposed to stay there long enough to get a job and move out."
"That‘s not my brother. And that’s not my sister. They’re faking and they’re dragging me way down because the state, the city, and all these people have to pick up the tab on them because they don’t want to accept that they have to study to get an education."
In conclusion: I have friends who voted for obama because he was black and they wanted a good black role-model for their children. He obviously isn't upholding this expectation! Rather than making excuses and promoting racial division in order to garner votes. Rather than exploiting the death of this young man for your own profit. Isn't it time to stand up, be real, and speak like Cosby?! Now that's a TRUE role-model for your children!