Finally, the race for the White House and the presidency of the United States is now known based on the date of the calendar. So too is there a decision on the many proposals facing the citizens of Michigan and the residents of Wayne County. I will be glad that all of the suffocating commercials have come to an end. There are be no more sound bites coming from either side with regard to what the next four years will be like; though neither one of the candidates have done a great job of convincing people to vote for them or even put forth an agenda of things that will be different than the past four years.
Most importantly though, November 7, 2012 will bring about an end to the many shallow and narrow-mindedness of black folk that think that a vote against the incumbent was all about racist attitudes of white people that voted against him or fellow blacks whom they want to persecute for having a differing opinion about the guy.
It seems as if race has always been an issue in this country and will continue to be one. However, I find it strikingly interesting that so many want to act as if it is a new phenomenal that reared its ugly head on January 20, 2009.
For the incumbent to win or lose on November 6,2012, the outcome will be no different than the outcome of November 4, 2008 when many went to bed; only to wake up on November 5, 2008 with a false sense that this country was any different than the night before when history was made in the United States of America.
Someone that I know recently stated that a black person should be ashamed of themselves for not voting for the black president. That statement in and of itself borders on the most ignorant that I have ever heard flow out of the mouth of a human being, while the person fails to understand that we all will be voting for whomever we want. The statement also goes to show just how bankrupt the political clout of the black vote is. I have yet to hear a Jewish, Asian, Hispanic, Greek, Middle Easterner, Indian or any other race chastise their own for daring to do something different than the majority of their racial make-up. Additionally, the statement was so blatantly stupid that it carries with it the perception that as a people, black folk are the epitome of the group think phenomena.
My only hope is that the same energy by blacks that is used to criticize other blacks for their lack of support of the President was used to figure out what is wrong in their many neighborhoods. Having someone that looks like you in a leadership role does not mean a thing if the energy used to keep him in office is not as important too many to change their neighborhoods, educational systems, family structure and their lack of political clout for the better.
It is widely known amongst those that know me that I never had any intention whatsoever of casting another vote for Barack Obama. I then took the stance that I will not be casting a vote for either of the major party candidates that will appear on my ballot. That is my right to do so and in no way dismisses my participation in the election process. And please folks; spare me the, “So many people gave of themselves to give me the opportunity to participate in the voting process”. My not voting for President in no way disenfranchises me from being a participate in the voting process, just because I choose to not vote for President.
So for me, November 7, 2012 is a day that I have been encountering for many weeks now since I have already checked out of the selection process for the next President. The only difference is that once it officially arrives, there will be no more talk about who is best for the job since the people would have spoken based on who they feel is the person to lead this nation over the next four years and most importantly; no more darn commercials to ruin my viewing pleasure.