Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Pardon me while I whip out...my papers (guest post by @CitizenOjo)


Today, I treat you to a guest post by my blog cousin @CitizenOjo, you can find him over on The Desultory Life & Times of a Public Citizen. That whole birth certificate brouhaha hit home to him. Here's why...

I saw the following statement on Twitter last week “April 27, 2011, the day the United States lost." In case you don’t know April 27th was the day President Barack Obama finally showed us his birth certificate. Gasp!!! The long national nightmare is over!!!! Finally Obama has proven that he is not the “Manchurian Candidate” he is portrayed as. This should be the greatest thing? But if it is, why do I feel so down about the whole situation? 

I’m no Obama Fanatic by any stretch of the imagination. I fell off the bandwagon awhile back and I’m not planning on chasing the wagon train back down. I don’t hate the man. I actually think he is a nice person that wants to make America a better place. I just don’t like some of the people that he surrounds himself with and some of the decisions that he makes. I know racists are mad as hell that he’s in the White House. Black racial apologists are mad that he lives there too. 

This malarkey about a birth certificate is a distraction that is all about RACE. This fiasco has brought out certified nut job provocateur Orly Taitz and Carnival Barker Donald Trump. Taitz, who can barely speak English, thinks that Obama’s certificate isn’t real because it says African and not Negro. So this white woman is an expert on black folk’s birth certificates? Did she take classes for this in college or learned it while hanging out in “The Hood”? Yes, you are hearing **crickets** in the background!!! And Trump…..oh boy!!! He was doing so well when he was known for firing people and fighting Rosie, after I dissed Oprah I’m kissing up to her now, O’Donnell in the press. Not only does he question Obama’s heritage but he thinks Obama is unintelligent. Again, you are hearing **crickets** in the background!!! So now we are questioning the admission standards for Ivy League Schools? I wonder how Trump really feels about Dr. Randal Pinkett, season 4 winner of The Apprentice, the Rhodes Scholar who attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Side Note - To all the black folks that attended Predominately White Institutions and laughed with disdain when I told them I attended a Historical Black University: “No matter how hard you try to fit in they still don’t respect you either!!!” 

Are you still wondering why this mess has got me felling sad? My son was born in February 2011. After he was born, I told my wife that this was our greatest creation. I love that kid to death and I pray for him every night. But something was bothering me before we left the hospital. I kept obsessing over the birth certificate being correct. And I was adamant about picking it up from our local government offices as soon as possible. I didn’t understand why I was like that until this week. Obama, my son, hell maybe even me. 

Our existence and dignity has been tied to a sheet of paper that tells where and when we were born. American has again proven that any person that doesn’t look 100% caucasian is still a number on a piece of paper (ala’ 3/5ths person rule). I guess I didn’t want my son to have his citizenship questioned because he was unable to produce a birth certificate from 2011. I wanted to prove that he belonged. And even though I already knew he was a citizen, it wouldn’t matter unless he had that paper. So when Obama finally showed his birth certificate, I figured out why this spectacle had me so bothered. I use to laugh at all those Birthers on tv for being brainwashed. In the end I had realized that the Birthers had brainwashed me too.

Well good people, what did you think about the birther nonsense? Do you think Obama should have provided additional proof? Did you think there was a racist element to the entire attack? Do share your thoughts...

29 comments:

taut_7 said...

if i was obama i wouldn't have released the full version of my birth certificate. i doubt this country would have let him become president of the country without a thorough background check. and especially since he's not caucasian, you know the powers that be went over his documents with a fine toothed comb. in my opinion anyone who questions the validity of his birthplace (i.e.-trump) makes themselves look racist. did anyone question the birthplace of bush. it could have been said that bush was actually born in mexico but no one did. know why? because no one has an issue with a caucasian president.

Kema said...

I hope that the only reason that he released his birth certificate was to have material for the correspondents' dinner. That was the most/only appropriate place to address that foolishness for 2 reasons: 1) the press had played a big part in why this story had gained so much traction (I guess we should not be surprised when anything that goes on in Lindsey Lohan's life qualifies as "Breaking News"; 2) Trump had to be exposed for the fraudulent media whore that he is and the media has given him exactly what he wanted.

If Pres. Obama released his long form birth certificate for any other reason, IMO.....it is sad. Black people have played a huge part in building and making this country great, so it is just as much ours as any other American. McCain, who was actually born outside of the US, had to go through a process to see if he qualified to run for president....but no one talks about that. If we keep jumping through hoops to prove ourselves, the hoops will never disappear. Its up to us to stop jumping, cause Lord knows the media cannot avoid the circus.

jake said...

I hate that he felt he had to show it. That was irksome. But in light of the Bin Laden situ, it was perfect timing. It made that whole birther issue seem petty and mean spirited - which it was.

Leon X said...

In light of the past weekend's events, Donald Trump's crusade looks mighty petty and small.

Queen of Me said...

The man's ability to stay classy in an any situation is admirable. There's no way I wouldn't have been waving the certificate up and down and screaming (a la Dave Chappelle) IN YO FACE! IN YO FACE!
I'm sorry, what was the question?

derek love said...

I thought it weakened Obama to show the certificate... and then he went ham on terrorists so... it's all good.

JohnKinPDX said...

I thought the only way to shut them down was to show for once and for all. I didn't think it made h look weak, I thought it made them look stupid. So much time wasted on smoke and mirrors.

CaliGirlED said...

"Side Note - To all the black folks that attended Predominately White Institutions and laughed with disdain when I told them I attended a Historical Black University: “No matter how hard you try to fit in they still don’t respect you either!!!”....They don't believe it, but it's so true!

I was mad that my President showed his birth certificate. But after I saw his presentation at the Correspondents Dinner, I was GLAD that he did. He got them GOOD!!! They will forever be GOT!!!

CaliGirlED said...

I'm an AMERICAN bitches!!!

CaliGirlED said...

The way I see it, he took them all out, like he was holding a machine gun and letting loose!

Grace said...

The only way to shut them up was to show it. Then again, they'll just find something else to obsess over.

Grace said...

Chele, are you going to write something about Bin Laden?

Court A said...

I kind of wish he didn't release the full version. Now "they" are just saying it's a forgery. I think I read the group who's lawsuit was originally thrown out by the courts is now filing an appeal on the grounds they want a forensic expert to analyze it. O...k. Please stop wasting out tax dollars.

"Side Note - To all the black folks that attended Predominately White Institutions and laughed with disdain when I told them I attended a Historical Black University: “No matter how hard you try to fit in they still don’t respect you either!!!” ----TRUTH. *slow clap*

I also went to my fire-proof trunk to make sure my birth certificate was there, safe and sound. I don't want no problems. :/

Jadaloves said...

"Side Note - To all the black folks that attended Predominately White Institutions and laughed with disdain when I told them I attended a Historical Black University: “No matter how hard you try to fit in they still don’t respect you either!!!” ----TRUTH. *slow clap*

I REALLY get tired of reading BS like that. Me nor my friends went to a PWU because we wanted to fit on or be accepted by whites. We went cause that's the University we wanted to go to, period. The misconceptions about PWUs and HBUs need to stop.

As for Obama I hate that he showed it, but I'm glad he finally shut them up. Now he can worry about more important issues facing our country.

Court A said...

"I REALLY get tired of reading BS like that. Me nor my friends went to a PWU because we wanted to fit on or be accepted by whites. We went cause that's the University we wanted to go to, period. The misconceptions about PWUs and HBUs need to stop."

If you weren't laughing with disdain then this comment isn't directed toward you. Those that went to HBCUs went because that is the school we chose as well. That doesn't take away from the fact it happens just because it isn't you. I had one of my best friends tell me I was going to get a lesser quality education *eye roll*. She now wants to be an HBCU Chancellor. And was calling me to help her pass her chemistry class so she could graduate. Whatever's clever.

CaliSlim said...

I'm over the whole "us" vs. "them" issue. Bottom line, there will always be ignorant people fighting for ignorant causes...that's what makes America so great right?

But at the end of the day, we needed "them" to even get our President elected. The ignorant chickens eventually come home to roost. As evidenced by the past week.

JohnKinPDX said...

Look, a brother needs to keep a passport and birth certificate somewhere in his house after the age of 21. You just never know.

Deb B said...

It's never enough, NOW folks want "proof of death" on Osama.
Barack could cure cancer and they'd say he dissed autism.

Jason P said...

Right?!

Jason P said...

You know this

OneChele said...

He's dead. I'm good. Nuff said.

Monica said...

These chuckleheads will never be satisfied. They'll claim it's a forgery. They'll claim he paid someone off to change the info on the certificate. They will just find something else to complain about or fabricate. I betcha they are already working on ways to not fully credit him for getting Osama.

He has announced that he's running in 2012. He's a better person than I could ever be. When my term is up, I'd be like,"Kiss my ass haters" and not look back.

Rob said...

What's amazing is that he is stillso optimistic about making an impact and affecting change.

Annette Evans said...

I think it was just the diversion he needed (showing the B.C.) to get the space needed to handle the real business. GO POTUS!

CaliGirlED said...

I think it's because he went in knowing full well that they would attack him like this. And so while he may be a little tired and a bit annoyed, he's good. On to the next term!.... We on the other hand, are flipping out behind all this unnecessary harassment. LOL

sol_dier said...

IMO. the president won this battle, in a war which was lost from the moment it begun.
A war of legitimacy in the minds of bigots. It is a battle he will never win and one which he has never tried to. (for that I salute you President Obama you strategic genius)

Remember when they declared him unfit because he used a teleprompter? They rilled their base up so high that many forgot that this man has more experience speaking to a crowd than most of the last 10 presidents.

Opposition Issue: Obama's teleprompter'
Opposition Battle Strike: invite him to the Republican dinner to try to humiliate him.
Actual Outcome: They are humiliated as he goes toe to toe with and corrects them on their own policies.

Opposition Issue: 'Citizenship/legitimacy'
Opposition Battle Strike: Ask the occupant of the highest office to produce his papers.
Actual Outcome: They are humiliated as he lets them work themselves into a fever pitch and then shows proof

He does this on issue after issue. They create a false economy, repeat lies over and over again. He refutes ONLY when he senses they have played out the final straw of a particular 'thread'
Then he shuts it down, retreats and goes on about the business of the presidency without malice.
He still represents them, talks about their needs, wants, desires/issues and it KILLS them. it makes them look small and they hate it. They will do anything to get him to shout, lash out but he won't. He doesn't need to because their hollaring makes them play their hand every single time.
No wonder they call him uppity, it must make them feel like belligerent children.

I've been watching this man operate, I like it. It was the opposite of what I thought I needed to do in life. Now I see what he is doing and I see the results he gets. Dude stays #winning. I want some of that.

Obama, Will Smith, Jay Z (amongst a few others) = Men who give me pause. They all keep evolving and don't say much about what they are doing until after it has been done.

sol_dier said...

and he lets them obsess for awhile doesn't he. That whole birther stuff went on for years.. he coulda shown it anytime, but why bother.. let them work themselves up for a few more years.. keep them distracted :)

Kim said...

A common statement from me these days is, "Be happy I'm not the president. I wouldn't not have showed a darn thing and would have said it in that manner. I don't think i would last long as president just in general...lol

Reggie said...

Alabama State University....class of '89. I'm proud too!!!

I think it's sad that he felt that he had to show his birth certificate. Anyone with sense knew that wasn't really the problem and that they'd then move on to something else. It's sad. It's like a Nazi storm trooper said "papers please"......and they didn't even say please.

If anything he should have held out until a week before the election and then only shown it when they didn't ask.

Personally, I'd like to see what Trump is hiding under that combover, I'm sure it's something unique.

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