Friday, July 31, 2009
Friday FISH FRY: Obama... American for Beer: "The Kiss and Make Up Session Seen Around The World"
I never thought I'd do this but today is that day where, quite frankly, I just don't give a F**K!
Dear President Obama,
Let me start off by saying that I am touched that someone of your stature would take time out of your day to address issues that have received national attention but are not national issues by nature. I do believe that we have a President that I, personally, can relate to and have full confidence that he can feel my struggles as well as the many young black men that have endured institutionalized racism, discrimination, and outright prejudice.
Now that I've gotten that out of the way... It's time for your FISH FRY.
With regards to your intervention or as I am now calling it, "The kiss and make up session seen around the world", I felt that it was over the top and relatively extra for a President and Vice President of the free world to give rise to such a miniscule news story. Furthermore, I very seriously doubt that if you and Prof. Gates had not had any prior relationship to this incident, that you would do the same for any other random black man that has been victimized by discriminatory police procedure.
Dr. MLK, Jr. once said, "An injustice anywhere is an injustice everywhere." This quote is applicable on so many levels. First, I do honestly believe that this particular news tory is a microcosm of a larger issue. The media has made an example/circus out of it and as well, so has the President of the US. Everyday there is some form of discrimination taking place and not just in the black community but in the latino community and even in the white community. Although these incidents do not receive such national attention, they are still injustices and should be addressed on the same platform.
But, it would be ridiculous to call in the millions of Americans who have been victimized by discrimination to the white house for beer... now wouldn't it?
I applaud your efforts to unite Americans by this single act of kindness through a display of camaraderie and civil discussion. However, I do not believe that this solves anything for either men. With that being said, I do not want my President to waste his time on such an isolated incident when North Korea is pointing nuclear weapons at us, the Senate has a Democratic majority but still won't pass the President's bills to ultimately improve life for all Americans, and we are STILL at war.
And can somebody tell me why we are STILL at war? Thats a whole other discussion within itself.
Overall, Mr. President, I think you are a stand up guy. I would love to have a beer with you and discuss my daily frustrations as a black man in America but somehow, I just don't think that will ever happen. Thats not to say that you are just too busy for me because obviously, you can set aside time for your old college professor and the officer that arrested him. I'm just saying that maybe you SHOULD be too busy to set aside the time for me, Prof. Gates, Officer Crowley, or any other American that has been discriminated against in such a manner.
President Obama, please don't make me fry your ass up anymore. I didn't want it to come to this. But just as Prof. Gates' issue is a microcosm of a larger issue, so is the way you have handled this one incident.
Today's FISH FRY is brought to you by the good folks over at the white house who, obviously, have nothing better to do at this time and are probably reading this along with you all.
Also, in part by North Korea who apparently wants some attention too: