Monday, July 14, 2008

Defending Islam and the Strong Black Woman, not Barack and Michelle


Just when I was feeling confident that I would not entertain the thought of writing another commentary about Barack Hussein Obama until he became our next president, The New Yorker, a well respected and high volume magazine, goes and does something STUPID-but attention grabbing to bring me out my political literary seclusion. I have been writing, of course – but I have tried with success to cut Barack some slack. Like so many are doing. Guess I have morphed into a true follower. Yeah, Right!

I have questioned his opinions and positions enough. I am tired now, and have concluded that he is best for the country at this very moment in history. Nonetheless, I am pretty much no longer in his corner: An Obama Congregate. I stopped blindly supporting him a few months ago. I just could not live with my conscience any longer. That inner self told me, ‘Muata, you are not wholeheartedly with Hussein. Although, he is black, he ain’t what you stand for, Black Nationalism/Black Panther-ism – therefore, you should withdraw your full support. Give him your vote because John McCain is definitely not your cup of tea. At least Barack speaks of that played rhetoric that we need: Change.’ I have a bright red BarackToVote t-shirt that I am selling!!

So here I was, at my desk, in defense mode. Ready to attack The New Yorker magazine staff. Knowing that some ‘important black people’ have criticized them already I still wanted to have my say. So in the comforts of my sacred space, and sitting below a beautiful portrait displaying the crucifixion of Jesus, it became my turn to set a blaze. But, my comments will not resemble the typical ones I have read. The ones defending Barack Hussein Obama and questioning if the caricature is grotesquely offensive or not. No, I have a beef of substance to share. One that affects millions, and not just the potential First Man and Lady of the United States of America.

Islam is the second largest world religion (a close third is us Non-religious/Agnostic folk), and it was on a pace to be the fast growing at one time. It is a revered and righteous way of life in the Middle East and throughout other parts of the world; unlike America’s Sunday morning hour of shouting, muteness, and mis-information. The core of its faith is to accept, surrender, or submit. Definitely an honorable religious practice. The tenets are respectable and its adherence comes from all walks of life.

With that brief sermon of support for Islam, I have silently wondered why in the world the Western media continues to distort and rip a part Muhammad’s vehicle. Well, I know why – but I am sick of it! Could it be that Islam is a threat to Jesus’ Mercedes, Christianity? I would not doubt it considering Mercedes drivers need a lot of insurance (protection) since their car is so ‘delicate’. Much like the religion: touch-and-go and fragile. Ouch!

Characterizing Hussein in a robe and turban indicates to me that it is Islam that they are attacking. Not, Barack. How? Well, since the right-winged media, several overly zealous politicians, and desperately panicky talk show hosts (Sean Racist Hannity) have position Islam as a radically violent religion an unnecessary phenomenon has occurred throughout the world: Islam is Evil and the American Public Enemy #1.

Islamic garb, when intended to negatively characterize someone, is used subliminally to send the message of fear. FEAR anyone who boldly wears symbols of where they stand in their faith, spirituality, and/or political disposition. Much like us knowledgeable brothas and sistas who wear Che Guevara t-shirts. Fear those Marxist! Are the looks we get. Unfortunately, the long flowing gown and head piece speaks volumes to that irrational and foolishly acquired fear.

Fear is the tool used to coral people. Mislead them, and purport negative images and beliefs. Sometimes those mismanaged beliefs blossom into actions that are used to kill people. Just ask any living survivor of the original Black Panther Party. That older version of Hannity, J. Edgar Hoover, mastered the art of smear with deception. The BPP I know was NOT a “communist organization with evil intentions” – one would have never known that if Mr. Hoover was the lone voice of criticism. And, this is where I would like to end: Criticism.

I am not sure what your thoughts were when you first eyeballed the “satire”. When you used your critical power to criticize. Several ideas went through my mind. A pressing one was the idea of the cartoon creator to depict Michelle Obama as the black female rebel. The Assta Shakur-type: The afro, machine gun toting, and the black power fist bumper. Everything about the characterization of Michelle reads: ‘This black woman is too much for us (the white system of control) to handle. She is the loose cannon. Contain, that Black B*tch.’ Sorry, but that’s what they, the Richard Bruce Cheney’s of the United States, are saying about a woman who is just strong-willed and confident. Why can’t these special gifts (strong black women) of our race be viewed as positive enhancements instead of a threat?

Black women are strong. They are the backbone of the black community. And, no black woman or girl should be ashamed of standing on the right side of justice with strength. That’s what the Angela Davis’s of this world are/were: Creatures with Backbone. Courage. Not afraid to say what needs to be said! Michelle Obama does just that which is the reason she, in too many white circles, is referred to as that Black B*tch.

I say, ‘keep on being what they call you, Michelle. You are the strength we need all over this weak nation!’ Not just in that hypocritical and deceit-filled White House.

http://news.aol.com/elections/story/_a/satirical-obama-cover-stirs-controversy/20080714093009990001?icid=100214839x1205802684x1200267757

Written by Muata. Inspired by the blaze in the fireplace. Let it burn!!

12 comments:

Muata said...

Reader Response (my 15yr old niece):

i think this is another ordinary political cartoon. the problem is that many people are obama supporters and they take it personal. when i look at it, i know this is not true. i honestly think people are blowing this out of proportion. even though this political cartoon is not right, i believe we should get a laugh from it. i mean i laugh when i read the cartoons of george bush so what's the difference!

-Lulu

Muata said...

Reader Response:

This is bullshit. I can't believe they would publish this crap.

-AM

Muata said...

Muata Responds to AM:

They don't care. They knew that they would be 'protected' by freedom of speech,
freedom of expression, etc.

An additional insult: the picture of Osama in the back ground. Like the Obama's support that lunatic.

-Muata

Muata said...

Reader Response:

Just another tasteless expression of fear of the unknown...but there is NO WAY Iim going to defend The Obama-nation at this point.

-L

Muata said...

Reader Response (my 15yr old niece's friend (teeager too):

You should let your uncle know the reason that the New Yorker publishers put it on the cover. Although I admit it is very easily interpreted as very offensive to Obama, it is actually meant to be offensive to conservatives. Other than the dress, I don’t see how it could be horribly offensive to Muslims. There is a bit of offense to them in there, but the Obamas are made more to look terroristic and not like devout Islamic followers. The Muslim community is abused in today’s society, but I think this is the lea st offensive thing towards them-it implies more of the terroristic theme without showing pictures of religious garb that would have affiliation with anyone. The terrorists do wear the head=2 0gear, and so it is vital for the satire. Most Muslims should realize that this is not an insult to their culture or religion, it is just an insult to the terrorists that happened to be part of the religion.

-Emilia (Lulu's friend)

Muata said...

Reader Response:

Is that what you thought? Really... I mean really?

-KH

Muata said...

Muata Responds to KH:

Yes, that's what I thought. How about you, KH?

-Muata

Muata said...

Reader KH Responds to Muata:

Well... I'm a bit surprised that you seem (I said seem) to be looking at this through the eyes of black nationalism. If Obama were to run for president on that platform he would lose very quickly. Matter of fact he wouldn't even have made through much of the primary. He is, as pastor Wright pointed out, a politician. If he were not a politician he would never win.

He can't appear to even give the hint that he is placing his race as a priority in this country or he would be defeated very quickly. So I've looked at it from this perspective. What if he were white? Would I still vote for him? Yes. Because he is correct on foreign policy. That is vital. As for most of the programs he is pushing... nope! Can't pay for them without taking more of your money.

As far as I am concerned as a black person, I am happy to see that we can actually have someone of color run for president and have a real shot at winning. As a United States citizen, he is the lesser of two evils.

I don't know how you could have a person run for office and stand for what you say you do. That person can only scream at Washington, who ever the president is and seek results. By the way, Obama is not offering a new politics. He is offering a different policy. He is definitely a politician.

I know you won't, but I wish you would stop lumping in every Christian with the prosperity gospel. I don't teach it and the church I pastor would tell you that we are very against materialism. We would also fight for the right of a Muslim to believe what they want same as you or anyone else.

As far as Islam goes in this country, come on man! If a white man lynches a black, you start looking at all white men with suspicion. That's natural.

-KH

Muata said...

Muata Responds to KH:

Gotcha.

I do realize that Barack cannot be a Black Nationalist, and win. Black Nationalism is just my preference. My political disposition. That's all.

I do need to stop "lumping" all Christians. I will begin to use "most", "some", or "the ones I know".

Islam should be viewed as what it is: A religion of PEACE. Not what these pundits are decrying.

-Muata

Muata said...

Reader Response:

I laughed out loud when I read your comments re: the symbolism of Islamic dress, and how American media would equate it to fear. It made me think about all the SUVs that I used to see around town, proudly displaying their "W".
> Guess we should've been afraid.....very afraid. Also made me wonder whether those same $4 gas complaining, can't get rid of the SUV, in between jobs, house about to be foreclosed on, "W" wearing folks were still feeling good about their man....Iwant to ask, "how you doin'? how'd "W" work out for YOU? I laughed even louder when I read the line about the Che Guevera t-shirt! Most American born citizens don't even know who Che Guevera is, so their not fearing that you're a "Marxist".....a pot head maybe, but definitely not a Marxist.

-AE

Muata said...

Muata Responds to AE:

I hate to rub it in, but I told those Bush supporters he would worsen the climate in America. But, some believe he is a victim of circumstance. Basically, he was just the man in the seat at the time when Babylon was supposed to go through this period of BIG uncertainty. Anyway, I am trying not to poke too much fun. I still live in this hell of an environment.

-Muata

Muata said...

Reader AE Responds:

True that....me, too. "W" didn't cause this mess all by himself....he had a little help from the Democrats. Especially Clinton, when we consider the impact of the trade deals and multinationalistic policies that favor foreign countries that he put into motion....that's one of the key reasons so many companies began "offshoring".

-AE