I think one of the reasons I don’t blog consistently is that I always want to wait until I have time to write elaborate posts. I will no doubt continue to write those longish posts, but I’ll also try to mix it up with some shorter pieces that simply call your attention to interesting stuff out there.
One piece worth checking out is John Ridley’s latest post on his Visible Man blog at NPR.org. In the post, Ridley reflects on Michelle Obama’s recent remarks that the reason African Americans have yet to show overwhelming support for her husband’s presidential bid is that they possess a “fear of possibility.” She added that eventually they would “wake up and get it.” I don’t want to oversimplify the gist of Mrs. Obama’s comments nor take them out of the intended context, so please read the full interview before passing judgment. Nevertheless, Ridley raises some thought-provoking points about Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, the loyalties of black voters, and the politics of race in America. He concludes with this salient confession:
Like most black people, emotionally I want Barack Obama to be president yesterday. However, also like most blacks, I’m awake enough to know that Obama deserves to be evaluated on his merits, not just on the color of his skin.
Any reflections out there about Michelle Obama’s statement, Ridley’s response, or the Obama campaign in general?