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It’s All About Being Black

One month has passed since the election, and I continue to read and receive theories and complaints pursuant to why people voted for Obama.

The most common opinion is that people voted for him because they wanted something for nothing. With that opinion firmly entrenched in the minds of many, the publicly unspoken sensus plenior of that reasoning is that it refers, by and large, to blacks.

Race-mongering exists because there is a zeitgeist that gives credibility to it. The message must be that we are Americans, not hyphenations, and that the colors of America are Red, White, and Blue, not black.

But that, in large part, is fallacious because it stems from a flawed supposition based on ignoring the obvious. There is no way for me to quantify what I’m about to say – because there is no way most black people would respond honestly in an empirical study.

The major and most prevailing reason the great number of blacks voted for Obama was based solely upon the color of his skin. They voted for him because he is black. Color of skin trumps all other issues.

If the person is, as Jesse Jackson and others frequently say, “really black” the mindset of that person’s politics is a given. But that is secondary to the color of the person’s skin. Sure there will be those who will disagree with me. But they are either ignorant or in denial or both.

Color of skin is the talisman from which a mindset unfolds in the black psyche. The bona fides of same are then evidenced by speech, demands, and victimology. And while it has become popular for blacks to deny being motivated based solely on color they darn well know they’re being disingenuous, i.e., lying through their teeth.

You put a white boxer and a black boxer in the ring together and 95 percent of blacks will root for the black boxer based purely on the color of his skin. And that would be the case even if the boxer were a complete unknown.

Who honestly thinks the black performers, athletes, and actors have a clue about financial and/or foreign policy? Does anyone really believe people who had to graduate college to learn how to write a check understand the first thing about austerity and economics? Not a chance. The only thing they understand is that he is black. I had a young black professional woman tell me “we have to support Obama because he is black.”

It is my opinion that we overlook the greater problem by arguing that blacks voted for Obama because they thought they were going to get something for nothing. And I say that fully cognizant of the fact that black groups in Detroit are telling Obama that they are responsible for him being reelected, ergo, he owes them. That, in my opinion, is quid pro quo and not to be confused with my original point.

This validates my position on race. As I told a class at the Bob Dole Political Institute at Kansas University: “we will not move beyond race until we move beyond race.” The problem is also as I’ve said many times, that blacks do not want to move beyond race.

They may not like my saying it, but their actions and words prove me right. They do not like my saying that they cleave to victimology like a baby does its mother’s breast, but at the very first hint of insult, real or perceived, their, plaintive, cry is, “it’s because I’m black.”

It’s tiresome making this point again and again, but it must be made until people begin to grasp it and modify their behavior in ways that oppose the retreat from modernity.

Saying that Obama won because he promised to give them something is a silly and thoughtless waste of energy. Those advancing said nonsense at the same time they are asking how to get blacks to understand Republicans are better for them – present a conflicted argument that’s tantamount to a trapezist on a badly frayed wire.

All politicians promise to appease their support groups with give-aways. Has everyone forgotten Bush’s State Of The Union messages? Have they forgotten Bush’s “compassionate conservatism” which was an amnesty give-away to illegal aliens? Romney was pro give-away to college students.

It is paramount that conservatives understand that if the truth upsets people – consider what fallacious condemnation does.

Race-mongering exists because there is a zeitgeist that gives credibility to it. The message must be that we are Americans, not hyphenations, and that the colors of America are Red, White, and Blue, not black.

That is our battleground because every time we capitulate, concede, and/or embrace a position based on color of skin the message that is sent forth is that blacks are different because of their skin color. That is the message that provides fertile ground for nefarious race-hustlers to plant and harvest seeds of evil malcontent.

And as long as that argument takes precedent, race will be the great divider and albatross around the neck of America.

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70 Responses to It’s All About Being Black

  1. Ricardo Parham April 7, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    They don't make black men like you anymore,I bet your mother is ashamed to call you her son.Pathetic!

  2. papajohn704 December 24, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    In the past, i had posted my experience in Education for 30 years.
    I had stated that there were times in class when I would ask a question
    or bring-up a topic and my black students, who knew the answers, would not engaged
    in discussion because their friends would accuse them of being white or acting like a “Tom”. Sometimes this lack of discussion was cited as “Keeping it real”.I have fought this outrageous phenomenal of “dumbing down”.for all these years and now some person says That Tim Scott and RG3 are not real people who, have in spite of their
    hardships should be celebrated by their accomplishments.
    How dare anyone else who tries to demean or tear down these gentlemen as well as others who dare to be great and live out their GOD given talent.
    Now, I’m 70 years old and wondering who will stand up and demand that all human beings
    are to be given their dues and respected for their endeavors.
    If you are not an encourager, a supporter or a tutor get out of the way.

  3. Melanie Lee December 18, 2012 at 1:42 am #

    Here's another question: why didn't the Republicans run Colin Powell, the hero of the Gulf War, for President?

    And here's another question: does anyone question the validity of White people voting for White candidates?

  4. Jeep Zea December 17, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    Would the black community vote for Allen West? No, because he is a strong Conservative. As Keith L. Tolbert said, he's not the "right kind" of black.

  5. Bahb Peters December 12, 2012 at 11:43 pm #

    poppycock….;0) Ha! I suppose him being a Democrat had nothing to do with this past election. Don't go by me….what do I know? I can't write a check and I haven't a clue about foriegn policy….it appears that YOU and YOU alone Mr. Massie are the only American-American (new black btw) capable of such wuthering heights… is an honor to finally meet you…tell Jesus Mary and Joseph I said Happy Holidays….;0) Ha! Give me a break!

  6. Black People Can't be Republican December 12, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

    It's true many blacks voted for Obama simply because of skin color, but you can say the same about any demographic, pretty much. If Hillary Clinton runs for house, many women will vote for her because of gender alone. If Marco Rubio becomes a viable presidential candidate, many Latinos will vote for him to "support our own." The same with a gay candidate. It's not just black votes. Some whites voted for Romney to "get rid of the black guy."

    • Al Andry December 21, 2012 at 12:56 am #

      I'm a conservative who happens to be black. I have either campaigned against or voted against Bill the 2nd time, Hillary, John Edwards, Gore, John Kerry, and a whole host of democrats including Obama. At no time did ethnicity nor gender have anything to do with it. Voting for or against anyone based on their ethnicity is bigoted and dumb. No one's ethnic heritage will make them a good or bad leader, and if they rely on or use it to gain office, they have already laid the foundation for failure. It is nothing short of racism for 93% or more of blacks to vote for Obama. Most people will not accept that, but its the absolute truth. Prior to Obama coming on the scene, the overwhelming majority of them were flunkies for Hillary. Remember how Jackson and Sharpton supported Hillary and dissed Obama? Their views were basically that he wasn't really black or black enough. When he kicked Hillary's butt, then Sharpton and Jackson jumped ship. I found it amusing.

    • Robert Knodt December 22, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

      I agree, Al. To vote for a candidate based on race or sex is racism and sexism, plain and simple.

  7. Mrs.JWB December 12, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    thanks again for speaking truth for anyone to hear Mr. Massie.

  8. jackie December 12, 2012 at 12:54 am #

    Liberals voted for 0bama because he’s liberal … but mostly bcs he’s black. Black liberals voted for 0bama entirely because he’s black. I’ve heard blacks say ‘you gotta vote for the brotha’. It was the most racist phenomenon I’d ever seen … voting in an incompetent person, regardless of how he destroys the country … because it proves that Americans have unchained the poor pitiful black race. We’re letting them off their leash to see if they come back to the yard! See how good the black man speaks? Like a normal person!

    It was the biggest handicap and entitlement giveaway in history, this presidency. All based on the low opinion LIBERALS have for blacks.

  9. Ray Comfort December 12, 2012 at 1:38 am #

    another sad fact is that Obama isn't even the right kind of black! He is so far removed from urban blacks that come up from the mean streets and rural, often poor black families that have had to tuff it out…..he lacks the black experience and furthermore he does absolutely nothing worthwhile for black America(besides foodstamps and free telephones)……I fully expected that he would help the black race with a lift up……he's a smug person with an elistist attitude that really seems smitten by being black.

    • Bahb Peters December 12, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

      thinks you've lost your mind…it appears you think I'd rather vote for Lil Wayne because he has a black experience??? Never mind our POTUS went to college…according to you I want a President from the 'streets' dude….lastly to all you people….we didn't vote for him because he is what you call black….I was struggling between him and Hillary for God's sake….and this 2nd tim around it wasn't any competition from the Democratic side so this article is a waste of time. I love when white folks try to tell me what it's like to be an American-American (BTW…the nw black) Lastly….Einstein….food stamps are gobbled up by white folks!!! Duhhhhh….;0) Ha!!!

    • Ray Comfort December 13, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

      look honey, he's an elitist who panders to black America and has no frigging ideal what it is to be black in America. He relates then he ignores…….as a Christian, I have the distinct feeling that most Americans would have had no problems with him reaching out to blacks, especially because of the large disenfranchised group that they are. Unemployment and low education levels and jails for that matter are disproportionatly black! BO can't relate and won't relate to them in any other way than food stamps and free phones! You must be an exception! As a white male, I'm on my way to extinction!

  10. Alessandre December 11, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

    There are 40 comments left to read & I can’t do it because most of them are similar things. Perhaps we need to look at this from a spiritual perspective.

    We live in an age of advertising. Advertising sells dreams. People who don’t own TVs, read “news” sources filled w/ adverts, listen to non commercial sources of music, etc. are affected by advertising. Those who watch TV, read the popular “press,” listen to commercial radios, etc. have no other lives. Beginning w/ Oprah, blacks & whites have increasingly bought into the “dream” big time. So along comes a dream man, ‘their’ dream man & they vote for him based on nothing at all the 1st time &, the 2nd time, in spite of an horrendous record. Could they want to cling to their dream as long as possible?

    Blacks didn’t win the election for BHO. Catholics & other whites made a huge difference. We may be “post-white male” but whites still make up the majority in this country & even w/ fraud, had all whites voted for Romney along w/ the rest of the conservatives, he would have won. I have white friends who voted for BHO because they believe in him. Their personal finances are much worse than they were 4 years ago but they believe in him. I’ve tried to disabuse so many blacks & whites of the belief that Obamacare will provide them w/ free insurance because though they feel they can’t afford health insurance, they earn too much. But they don’t believe me: Obamacare must provide coverage for them because they need it. These are not people living in reality. They are living in their imaginations, in dreams.

    BHO is an advertisement that still works. People are still buying him in the same way they buy Big MACs. Looks like food, tastes good, has a great brand, cheap (& that’s important), so it must be food. That they could cook a meal for their families for less money & offer more nutrition isn’t a consideration. Cooking requires real work & real work isn’t part of the dream. The Big MAC nourishes the dream though it doesn’t do a good job nourishing the body. Dreams trump reality unless & until one is steeped in reality & learns how good it is. People will die rather than relinquish their dreams. Farrah Fawcett died of colon cancer that was caught early & was almost certainly curable because she wouldn’t give up her dream of being a beautiful woman. She spent huge amounts on “natural” cures rather than give up the image, the idea, the dream of what it meant to be a beautiful actress & now she’s dead.

    Is it any wonder Hollywood & the media lust after BHO? He’s their idol; he’s like them. He did nothing & became president. That others did quite a lot of work has been hidden. Neither do they care that he keeps selling his soul. At least on the surface, he’s living large & enjoying every minute of it. As is his wife & children & coterie. He appears on their favourite TV programs, in their favourite magazines – next he’ll be on their breakfast cereal. He’s fake, a dream – less nutritious & substantial than a MacDonald’s hamburger bun.

    What will turn it around? A rude awakening. Some have a kernel of self reliance & strength that will help them. Others will need as much help as we can give them. Many may be “foolish virgins” who bring no oil for their lamps & we mayn’t be able to lend any of ours. Some may be bad servants altogether. But there are the wise amongst us who have been trustworthy & continue to be: there is much wisdom at this site & a few other places. We must listen to that wisdom, trust God & be as prepared as possible to love God & serve people, even those who are asleep right now. And we must realize we’re facing a sickness in the soul of the American people not a black issue nor a white issue but a deadened soul issue, a fallen human being issue. All we can do is keep our lamps lit & have lots of extra oil (spiritual strength), do what we can to encourage souls to come to life now & prepare to help those we can when God’s alarm clock rings.

    • ray comfort December 11, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

      wonderful analogy with the Big Mac! It’s so funny that you use the lamp oil scripture to turn to, in the frustration of it all. It has often entered my mind to keep my lamp full with plenty on store to be ready for the day He arrives. Ya know, I was re-affirmed after the election that end times are really upon us and thought a bunch about it, in the year preceding. Praise Him for keeping us on track.

  11. Gary Thomsen December 11, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

    In regards to Reid, Pelosi, Obama, Clinton etc., let me just say this. The Democrats of the old South (slave owners) held to the black inferiority position for two reasons: money and power. The modern Liberal Democrats hold to the (inferior) blacks needing help to survive position for two reasons: money and power. Any questions?

  12. sam c December 11, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    Mychal, I just read your previous article concerning Jaime Foxx on SNL. I had my TV on and was just listening to it as I prepared for bed, I got so PO’d I changed channels. I have no desire to watch SNL ever again. I stopped watching David Letterman because of the way he critized George Bush. Katie Couric was such an ass when she interviewed Sarah Palin. I can fine better people to watch or just read a book.
    I am a senior citizen and live alone in the country. I get so angry when I watch the local news and hear that another person has been shot and killed, or some idiot has broken into someones house and pistol whipped the occupant. I cannot understand why these folks don’t try to better themselves. We have just wrapped up a fundraiser headed up by the Faternal Order of Police to make donations for Christmas presents for the area children. Don’t these folks know how to take care of their own?

    I have become a prejudice person. I don’t consider myself a racist. I was raised better than that.

    The gov’t in the county next door to mine went totally black this election year. The schools are in the toilet. No control with the students. Parents chastise the teachers.

    I understand the Christmas parade in my county this year had the marching band and the dancers with their butt cheeks hanging out and acting as if they had a pole in the night club. THen parents wonder why their girls get raped, turn to street walking or just having several kids not even knowing who the father is.

    Then the working folks have to support them for the rest of their sorry lifes.

    I have asked the major newspaper here how much money we pay out annually for
    entitlements, such as housing, food stamps, wic, free phones, medicaid, child tax credits and the rest of the ungodly entitlements they get; but they are so damned
    Democratic they won’t print it.

    What I can’t understand is why Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Joseph Lowery, Andrew Young, Julian Bond and the rest of those gold diggers don’t get off their asses and help their blacks.

    Those po ‘ole blacks think us whities owe them something from the slavery days. Well in my opionion if they got their 40 acres and a mule they wouldn’t know what the hell to do with it.

    They have received their reparation to damn long. It’s time everything was taken away. Their childern need to be seized from them and not given back until they get a job and start acting like the parents should be.

    Don’t you know Dr. Martin Luther King is probably spinning in his grave?

    The only consolation we probably have is that these idiots that voted for Obama for what ever reason is going to reap what they sow. Senior citizens pay taxes along with
    the upper 2%. They are not going to live forever. When the goose that lays the GOLDEN EGGS dies all is said and done.

    I fell sorry for my children and grandchildren.

    I’m afraid God has taken away the hedge of protection that the United States once had. We have become such a godless nation and I believe we are going to see some
    bad times ahead.

    Thanks, Sam

  13. renee December 11, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    Mychal, this issue of race is forever destroying our culture. Guilt ridden white liberals such as the Clintons, Nancy Pelosi, Joseph Biden & Harry Reid are more than happy to continually fatten up up their bank accounts with the aid of academically challenged minorities, preferably from the African-American & Hispanic communities.

    For nearly 40 years, these political clowns have remained in office, virtually accomplishing little to nothing of merit other than to corece members of these two groups into blaming all of their personal ills on “white America” while forcing hard working tax payers into subsidizing their substandard, morally reckless and irresponsible lifestyles! High crime rates, homocidal murders of young black men by other black men, illigitimate children, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, obesity, low ball, free gov’t education, sexually-transmitted diseases, lack of decorum, inarticulate, ghetto speech patterns and a poor attitude towards life are all the end results of 50 years of Democrat promoted policies which continue to debilitate many blacks.

  14. Holly Taboada December 11, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

    As much as I agree with this article, I can't share it on Facebook. I, ofcourse, would be slated a racist.

    • Ted Nelson December 11, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

      Nah, you wouldn't. See, you have a picture of the guy that wrote it. You can't be cited for something you enjoyed reading. So if you agree with something and you friends don't like you for it you don't have a race issue, you have a friend issue.

    • Bahb Peters December 12, 2012 at 11:39 pm #

      funny how I keep hearing this cop out…..folks afraid of being labeled may need to dig a little deeper within themselves because those thoughts never crossed my mind all the years I have been voting for white candidates (democrats) ;0) Ha!!!

    • Holly Taboada December 12, 2012 at 11:55 pm #

      Oh it's not a cop out ~ it's a fact. IF I POST THIS STORY ON FACEBOOK ~ A BLACK PERSON WOULD LOOK AT IT AS RACISM.

      • Lisa January 21, 2013 at 8:04 am #

        Any why the hell do you care if anyone thinks you are a racist for posting truth? THAT is exactly part of the problem. Seems to me you’re not racist…but a coward, you are.

  15. Henry Yip December 11, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

    A friend of mind (older than me by 12yrs) (Viet-Nam vet also) told me that Barry would win the election, and I told him(rather heatedly) BS! The next day Barry wins.Then my friend said to me it was because Romney hated woman, he hated blacks and latinos, he is rich and that he is a Morman. I asked where did he get all this information, he said it's all over the news.

  16. Sharri Slater December 11, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    Obama just had a bigger line of BS & lies that people believed. A black man like Allen West, or Cain, intelligent, and loves America, Blacks call them an Uncle Toms. Why? My only gues is he represents hard work to success, a platform of truth blacks don't want to hear, plus Obamas croonies did everything they could to eliminate every black man that challenged him. They tried to ruin Cain too. I believe Obama is afraid to come up against another strong black man. West and Cain would creamed Obama in a debate. The polls were bogus set up by the media, preparing the public for the voter fraud Obama had planned months before the election. Fraud has been proven. I don't see how blacks can be happy with their choice. Higher taxes, higher food prices, higher casoline prices, more people of welfare, more unemployed, more homeless than ever, and Obama has put our country on the brink of destruction. Wars that could evolve into America's destruction cause by Obama's dumb decissions without Congress. And the Muslim brotherhood becoming more powerful through Obamas sneaky dealings in backroom negotiations. Our Whitehouse filled with communists. Is this what you rteally want. Me, I choose the freedom our country has known before Obama and all his over 200 regulations, governing legistlations, and anticipated government control.

  17. Marilyn December 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    Mychal, I’m sure you are right about blacks voting for blacks. That’s a given. But, I also want to say that a number of whites did not vote for color but voted because they have been on the “system” for many years – work once in a while – can’t make good money to pay their bills then go right back on the dole and live in HUD housing. As I have said before, I had one employee who was sharp and I wanted to promote her in the business and give her advancement in pay. She refused because she made a better living on welfare so couldn’t afford to “earn” more money. She was a single white mother. I’m sure she voted for Obama. Then, there are the many blacks I’ve read about who want nothing to do with Obama. They feel he is a tyrant and leading Americans such as themselves down the rat hole. So, I think we have a mixed bag here. If anything, I believe the vote was sold out. I think a lot of the votes were fraudulent – not counted correctly and devices set up to nominate Obama/Biden no matter the voter touched the Romney/Ryan button. It has been proven that a number of voters voted twice if not more for Obama. Court cases are being heard and those caught are being sentenced to jail time. I hope those who voted more than once are shaking in their boots right now, afraid they will be caught. I hope that the confiscated voting machines will be proof that the machines were indeed ‘tinckered’ with and those responsible will end up in jail or worse.Alabama has the right idea; Obama should never been allowed on the State ticket for a U.S. President. I hope they win their case because this will promote other States to follow suit. It behoves me to say that the Presidential Election was won by fraud and must be proven. Also, until all Military ballots are counted, the Electroal College needs to hold up on their ability to vote. There was too much confusion about the Military votes being lost, unable to get the absentee ballots to the over-seas Military and those that were timely, seemed to get lost at sea or by some air planes that delayed their missions to get the ballots back to the Unted States and to proper States. The Military stationed Stateside did arrive in their home of State but we don’t know that they were properly counted. There was a time when blacks did vote for “white” presidents. To come back to today’s topic: With this present administration bent on dividing the races, I do agree that a lot of blacks only voted for a black president. The young black man who was questioned on the street interview about who he would vote for said he would vote for Obama/Ryan-Good team…I’m sure he voted.

  18. Pamela Ellis Hall December 11, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

    The black people who voted for Obama voted for him because he's black and also because he is a Democrat. It's so sad that so many Americans can't see beyond race or being such victims while…. the government is falling apart. I believe between all of the minority legal and illegal votes and the entitlements that they demand… America is doomed.

    We probably won't ever live to see another Conservative president in office which is sad. Chicago politics have taken over our political system while the radical Muslims wait in the wings to find the exact moment to strike and take over our country! WAKE UP AMERICA before it's too late!

  19. Glen Teel December 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    Romney Wanted to put everyone back to work. 51% said No way.

  20. Ted Nelson December 11, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    Sad but true to an extent. I kinda wish the average black voter knew that Romney's father was a supporter of Dr. Martin Luther King. I constantly see images of Dr. King hi-fiving Obama on facebook. What most don't understand is that Dr. King was for freedom. President Obama is for total equality on a socialist level that will remove all the freedomg Dr. King was working toward.

  21. Camille Nelson December 11, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    Not in celebration but in disbelief that millions of Americans voted to seal their fate by voting for Obama. May we all come together and pray. Black, White, yellow, pinkish..yellow, and tattooed skin just makes a portion of what a person actually is. It's to bad the master manipulator, our president knew that you would lean one way or the other. He knew that white liberal voters would go to the booth for him plus he figured on having ninety nine percent of the black vote. Ha ha. I chuckle now but I'm sure in the coming years we will see the true Barrack Obama. I'm not dooming Americans but get ready for some of the worst years of your
    life……Lol.Celebrate the victory now, but the spoils of victory will be a muslim nation under Allah….

  22. Miriam Lindenberg December 11, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    Hey sir.

    Now I could be wrong -and I haven't read enough of your work to really know you. But I wonder…just wonder if Black folks aren't as shallow as they seem. I mean, its pretty clear that most of their values are quite conservative. Yet, they vote time and time again for democratic.

    I wonder if the reasoning could be that no matter who's in charge, they are always going to live their lives as they want it. And to have a Black man in the white house, well, you gotta admit, its very validating to many. To see that a Black man can achieve this or that contrasted in a world where they have had to fight for validity as being human, validity as being capable, validity that they can lead..anything. Its a vote for themselves. And the fact that he's on the democratic ballot -another validating source and the games in the bag.

    Don't get me wrong. I am totally not pro-Obama and I worry where he's going to lead America. But in the short run, this would be my guess. I mean to say: I don't think people are shallow. they may have constricted mentalities in which they only think of the immediate future, thinking they don't have much control of global affairs or don't even care about them, but I think there is reasoning behind most people's behavior.

    • Tikva Cohen December 11, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

      Miriam I think you should write for the NewYorker or some other highbrow magazine. Start submitting for starters to the editors of the publication this article is found. I am serious- I love "constricted mentalities" et al. I often enjoy reading your take on things. Please please consider it. You get to the emet, you get down sister really down and honest! Chanukah Sameach!

    • Miriam Lindenberg December 12, 2012 at 12:08 am #

      Thanks, Tikva!

    • Miriam Lindenberg December 12, 2012 at 6:36 am #

      omg! I didn't realize my comments on that blog comes onto my facebook page!!

      • Editor December 12, 2012 at 9:00 am #

        Miriam: If you use the regular comments all the way on the bottom, they DO NOT show up on your facebook page.

  23. Jo December 11, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    I look at the riots in Egypt and have to figure that those people (mostly young) really know what the government is all about. Our society, young AND old do not. How can we educate people about the debt and deficit, the taxing and spending, the earmarks and the corruption in congress and the administration???? I’m totally baffled that this administration by-passes not only the legislative branch, but the judicial branch as well in decisions. Who will and when will SOMEBODY read the constitution and claim the balance of power as legitimate. How can he get away with it and what can the common people do about it. I’m really too old to riot!
    Michigan Reader who appreciates greatly your point of view.

  24. Gary Terashita December 11, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

    Thanks Mychal for your unvarnished commentary, you are by far the most refreshing discovery for me this year.

    On this topic, I'd like to add one possibility. In a recent church class I taught on Christian citizenship, we came to this thought. Barack Obama was not elected or reelected based on merit of any kind, he won the political equivalent of American Idol. It doesn't take long for the analogy to fully form in the rational mind.

  25. Ben December 11, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    Excellent analysis. Many, many whites, the “useful idiots, also voted for 0bama because he was black. The mantra “racism” has been very effectively used to influence stupid people. It is the promise of a false “pseudo sophistication” , “I voted for the black man”, that this dumbed down socialist education system has created. They knew they could use it to achieve their Marxist objectives.

  26. Laura George December 11, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    Blacks sold their souls to Democrats long ago for a promise and a song. Entitlements to which they feel they are entitled to because their ancestors were slaves (most don’t have a clue that there were also white slaves, most of which died young so didn’t produce offspring) LBJ was a rabid racist and saw the great opportunity to not only buy the black vote (with other people’s money) but to have a race card that was better than four aces in a poker game. They have been indoctrinating and victimizing blacks ever since, using political correctness (invented by Marxists), the Liberal media, Hollywood, and the teacher’s union. It’s Al and JJ’s job to keep the wound open and tender as an exposed nerve ending, ready to leap in and play the card whenever their Democrat masters need it, for what? Entitlements. Which destroys the family, the father, the mother, the children, the community and society. When will they ever learn? In 200 years? Just like LBJ said? As long as blacks keep voting for evil Democrats, the black community is doomed to get worse and worse. The sold out the party that freed the slaves and gave them voting rights and civil rights, Republicans. KKK killed both black and white Republicans. Blacks were forced, intimated and coerced into switching to the Democrat vote..

  27. Alan Aszkler December 11, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    I do agree with the premise, yes Blacks voted for Obama because he is black and he is going to continue the government giveaway programs. In my recent Article on American Thinker my premise is that the GOP needs to learn how to attract voters in a changing culture. I like your idea about promoting we are all Americans as Americans. So do you think a more culturally correct approach to attract Black voters will work?

  28. jeannebodine December 11, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    Very thoughtful post. I think there is a lot of truth to what you say (although I’m not black, so what do I really know :D). I think a lot of the “free stuff” as an explanation for the win was defensiveness by the people who predicted a Romney win. I believe it’s going to take a while to understand what really happened. Certainly I think the data-mining & GOTV was huge, especially on college campuses and in urban areas.

    Frankly, I’m still in shock. I live in an inner ring suburb of Philly (completely mixed race) and I really thought PA was turning. I think there was a lot of fraud where I live although not enough to turn the election, of course.

    So glad to find your blog!

  29. Cindy Haase December 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    I'm trying to understand this whole "black" thing from a philosophical standpoint. First of all, I believe we have to look at some things. This country was founded on rugged individualists, not by a bunch of groupies. This country prides itself on individual achievement and accomplishments. There are those from all colors who have come here, managed to see what is available and choose to aspire and achieve. But there are far too many who continue to turn up their noses at American exceptionalism, ingenuity, individuality, as their tribal (herd mentality) prevents them from doing so. Deep down I believe there is real resentment by many (and I'm unsure if its jealousy, fear or something else) that they are even here. Could be that they don't have a clue how to integrate into the American way of life in the first place or maybe they really aren't the least bit interested. And with Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton seizing on this fact and shamelessly taking advantage of this by furthering and perpetuating this mindset, in lieu of instilling the rewards of achieving something on your own, they are duly implicated as those persons having created insurmountable obstacles. This herd mentality is accepted/embraced because there are those who know no other way of living as they do not know how because I believe it is a lack of knowledge/education and/or desire. Until we enlighten/educate people to understand and appreciate the fact that a country still exists today (America) that offers opportunities and the freedom to pursue our dreams, and until people denounce and decide they don't want to be "herded" anymore by those people and institutions (public schools come to mind) whose only real goal is all about enriching their bank accounts, empowering/elevating themselves to lofty heights they neither deserve nor are fit for, on the backs and minds of those they keep firmly underfoot, then and only then will we see real progress in moving forward as a country. There are those who have made a personal decision…they are still willing to count themselves in the category of being slaves. They have agreed to this by opting out of the American dream, instead relying on others to lead and make decisions for them , thus choosing and perpetuating lives of ignorance and hopelessness. Why? Until these people choose to acknowledge they are still in bondage and decide to throw off their bonds along with their "bond holders", then and only then will they move forward.

    • Alan Aszkler December 11, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

      Cindy Back in the 70's after the summer of love and the race riots I attended one of the few integrated high schools in the country and at that time the Black students were in the process of assimilating. E very body worked after school to make money and many of the high scholl parties were integrated. However as the great society began to take hold by the end of the 70's with MLK gone the message of self reliance faded…Check out what Johnson said about the passing of the great society……

    • Cindy Haase December 12, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

      Alan, thank you for your thoughts. You brought up a good point about what transpired after Dr. King was murdered. He had quite a following and was able to unite a group of people while he was alive. Things then spiralled downward after that. Countries are shaped by people and events, both good and bad. I believe Dr. Martin Luther King to have been one person, if he had lived, who would have made significant contributions toward promoting peace and harmony in the African American community. Interesting just when you're on to something, how the outcome can change, dramatically. Food for thought. Now, today, we have those loud and angry self-appointed spokespeople for the African American community who are more interested in dividing and ratcheting up the rhetoric than bringing people together. They then go on to attack those who stand up to this class warfare by labeling them as rascists. We have had a culture war going on now for many years within the African American community for the very soul of these people. But I believe that more and more of us are waking up to this realization.

  30. SunnyVee December 11, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    I agree with you Deb, and would like to add that too many voters buy the DNC talking points from the media and believe it as gospel.

  31. SunnyVee December 11, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    “The message must be that we are Americans, not hyphenations, and that the colors of America are Red, White, and Blue, not black.”

    AMEN!! AMEN!! AMEN!!! I am so very wearing of hearing all the labels, and most recently, “middle class”, “working class”, and “the rich”. As if we all fit into boxes and act accordingly. Obama is really becoming adept at using his Marxist language and constructing a classist, communist society in this country. And it saddens me and terrifies me, all at once.

    Also overlooked in this election are two things: 1) the number of non-blacks who voted for Obama because he is black; 2) Obama’s dismal record of failure. Having spent more than all other presidents combined, with not a care or consideration as to cutting back on runaway spending, but only increasing it, I am still shocked at how he was not voted out in a landslide.

    I am still licking my wounds from the election, trying to figure out how to overcome the loss, and how we might differentitate a majority of the Republican leadership from the leftist Democrats. We are in a hole of our own making, and now we’ve got to live with it.

    • SunnyVee December 11, 2012 at 11:05 am #

      OOPS! Typo in first sentence after AMEN—should be WEARY! I guess I need to type with less passion…

  32. Keith L. Tolbert December 11, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    I have to disagree with you, Mychall. The black people who voted for Obama did not vote for him because he is Black. They voted for him because he is black AND he is a democrat. If being black was the only criteria for gaining the black vote then Alan Keyes would have been our President from 1992 through 2000; and this country would have been extremely better off.

    You can't just be black; you have to be the RIGHT KIND of black to get the that kind of black vote. Sad, isn't it?

    • Johnny Blade December 11, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

      Agreed… black democrats are just as happy calling a black republican names as they are a white one, they just use different words.

    • Rebecca Staunton December 11, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

      @Keith: your comment is very insightful. It is a shame that such LADIES such as Condi Rice, Mia Love, Alveda King and more are not taken seriously and swept under the carpet like dust bunnies because they aren't the "RIGHT KIND". I believe also the exact rational as you stated along with Mychal Massie's commentary hit the nail on the head.

      You referred to Alan Keyes, there is also Allen West, Coilin Powell, who have been been referred to Uncle Tom. Another tragedy and waste of intellect, understanding, and awareness of what this country needs.

      I also believe that many of the whites voted for Obama because they wanted to prove they aren't "racists" and refused to look beyond the media presentations seeing the facts, the substance and character of Obama as well his record of the previous four years.

      The greatest tragedy is the American voters, not matter the ethnicity have become shallow and vote based upon the pundits of main stream media, Hollywood and fail to learn about the character and substance of the candidate. The race card has been played more during these last two elections and a wedge has been driven AGAIN which also includes the class card.

      How many failed to even investigate the history of Romney and the character of this man formed by his father George Romney. It was a tragedy this information did not come to the forefront during the election. As Governor George Romney was involved with Rev. Martin King's movement and was the first Governor to raise the minimum wage. Rather it was easier for the public to believe the statements such as "if Romney was voted in the black man would be put back in chains."

      I hope the movie Lincoln will be an encouragement for many to learn more history starting with Lincoln and then through the history of the KKK and even into which party initially fought the Civil Rights. (My father's Great Great Grandfather was an abolitionist and was involved with the underground railroad, Lawrence Brainerd, St. Albans, Vt.)

      I pray for the day that color and religion is not an issue, when we look through color blind glasses seeing the true character and substance of a person, after all, if the skin was removed from each and every one of us, we'd all be the same, muscles, fat, bones, etc.!

      Attached is a Youtube video which speaks for itself.

    • Donna Newell December 17, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

      Mychall says, "If the person is, as Jesse Jackson and others frequently say, “really black” the mindset of that person’s politics is a given." It is apparent to me that being "really black" is more than just skin color – you have to embrace the current black culture, which includes being democrat. If you don't, you really aren't black. So Alan Keyes, Herman Cain, Allen West, etc. don't count as being black because all they have is the black skin color, the very thing that is supposed to denote their "race".

      All this says to me that most cries of "racism" are not really about race, but about culture. If members of a particular race choose to define themselves by a set of actions and beliefs, that is a choice, and if I choose not to agree with many of those actions and beliefs that does NOT make me racist. I wish we would review what King said in regard to judging someone not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character – the color of your skin is what you are born with and have no control over, but your choices and actions that make up your character are things you do control, and others don't have to agree with them or condone them.

  33. Keith L. Tolbert December 11, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

    I have to disagree with you, Mychal. The black people who voted for Obama did not vote for him because he is Black. They voted for him because he is black AND he is a democrat. If being black was the only criteria for gaining the black vote then Alan Keyes would have been our President from 1992 through 2000; and this country would have been extremely better off.

    You can't just be black; you have to be theRIGHT KIND of black to get the that kind of black vote. Sad, isn't it?

  34. Keith L. Tolbert December 11, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    I have to disagree with you, Michael. The black people who voted for Obama did not vote for him because he is Black. They voted for him because he is black AND he is a democrat. If being black was the only criteria for gaining the black vote then Alan Keyes would have been our President from 1992 through 2000; and this country would have been extremely better off.

    You can't just be black; you have to be theRIGHT KIND of black to get the that kind of black vote. Sad, isn't it?

  35. doublesmith December 11, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    You’re so right as usual, Mychal. Sad that a people only sees merit in a color and not character or leadership. Remember they reelected the mayor of New Orleans after Katrina and his total lack of ability in handling the aftermath of that disaster. I believe one of the most popular things he said was something about New Orleans being a “chocolate” city. I’m certain we all know what he meant by that.

  36. Nancy Ross Assaf December 11, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

    Mychal, I very often repost your articles to my Facebook page, but I cannot do it with this article. My liberal colleagues would be livid that anyone would mention that voters supported Obama because he is black. Most of my liberal "friends" are white, and they voted for him because they do believe he is the antidote to everything that is wrong with our country, that is, former President Bush and the Republicans. They honestly believe that Obama is fair and honest. As a Conservative, I'm worn out trying to persuade people that the tax and spend Party is the wrong thing to follow and that Obamacare Tax will kill the last vestige of personal freedom we have. It's been integrated into every public school system for the last 50 or more years, and even the older ones among us have been brainwashed into accepting the communist/socialist theories as righteous. All I have left is my Bible and my prayers, and I'm workin' that as much as I can for the sake of my children.

    • Lolo December 11, 2012 at 10:31 am #

      @Nancy…post away!!! Mychal said “blacks voted for Obama because he is black”. That is the truth. Mychal said nothing about why white voters voted for him.

    • Sue Christoph Thiel December 11, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

      Totally agree with you Nancy, liberals are still so high from the election that they wouldn't see a freight train if it ran them over. There is no discussion with people who voted for Obama. They simply and clearly have their heads in the sand and nothing is going to change that until they get their butts kicked over the next 4 years…I am like Nancy, I am praying a lot for my friends and family, working hard to help my kids financially because they are really going to need it..and myself for retirement (maybe), I'll have work with and around the systems that have been –and are being created –to the best that I think I can change anything at this point in time is a waste of my energy..

    • Rebecca Staunton December 11, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

      Sue Christoph Thiel: AMEN

    • Sharri Slater December 11, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

      I agree, some people just don't get it. They will be forever dumb.

  37. Ken M December 11, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    Substitute the word “liberal” in for black and you would be dead on target.

  38. Colleen Quinn December 11, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    An older friend of mine is black & was upset that her family did not see through Obama's lies & etc.. Her son, who is a biz owner voted the 1st time for Obama, then as biz got worse, & regulations, etc. he said he would not vote again for Obama. Then when he did vote for Obama the second time & his mom said "what the heck?", he said "we gotta support him cuz he's black, we have to give him a chance to turn it around". She said 'after 4 yrs of this crap you think it's going to get better? Especially w/his Chicago style politics?" She didn't get an answer….

  39. John December 11, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    While I agree with you on this, how can we correct the situation? One way is to make it mandatory to pass a simple test to be able to vote, to ascertain if you know the issues and the candidate’s positions! I can easily determine the ACLU’s response to that one. But isn’t it true that most people, regardless of the color of their skin, do not vote on the merits of the candidates but by what they offer them in return? How do you fix that? I am a white, third generation Italian and am proud to say that I would have voted for Herman Cain if he made it through the brutal Liberal vetting process. And I’ll bet none of those same Liberals would have been able to “cast the first stone.” Alas, I fear I am a minority in that I listen to the issues. Maybe we should vote like the TV show, “The Voice.” Just listen to the speeches and not see the candidates. I enjoy your essays, they are a breath of fresh air in the stale fog surrounding Washington, D.C.

  40. Mary Ann Allen December 11, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    Sad but true, and now we are all held hostage by voter stupidity.

  41. Don Mosely December 11, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    Brilliant observations. What would have happened with the black vote had Herman Cain been the Republican nominee? My guess would be the average black would not vote for him, or J.C. Watts or you sir. The pigmentation argument is difficult to refute, however the ‘gimmie’ vote is the mindset for most that voted for Obama., black, brown, yellow and white. God help us, in my opinion we have lost the country. It is sad that 99.9% of the black vote would not listen to you or Herman Cain.

    • Lolo December 11, 2012 at 10:36 am #

      @Don…you are spot on. And I am treading lightly when I say this, but Mr. Massie and Mr. Cain are without a doubt more “black” (skin color) than the sham that occupies they White House

    • SunnyVee December 11, 2012 at 11:11 am #

      Having worked on Herman Cain’s campaign, I agree totally with you, Don! I have no doubt that it was liberal blacks who were behind his demise as a candidate. They destroy that which they fear. And I would also like to add Allen West into the list you created.

  42. Larry L. Wells December 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    Good article & interesting perspective. Read it while remembering that the author is also black.

  43. Carlos De Souza December 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    Barack Hussein Obama is not a "black" but a "mulatto".

    • Barbara Veague Stricker December 11, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

      some how that fact gets ignored…..oh I know why!!! it's the truth!!

    • sam c December 11, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

      Anyway you look at it; he’s black.
      You don’t see mulatto on the census.

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