Happy MLK Day everyone. I won't be doing my usual "day of service" chores because I am a bit under the weather. But to all the folks (black and white) who will be out and about in impoverished neighborhoods today and putting in work on behalf of your fellow citizens, my hat comes off to you.
Anyway, I am glad to see that president Obama is finally stating publicly what we all knew that he thought when he is alone with Michelle. That some people here in America hate him ---and his policies---- simply because of the color of his skin.
Not everyone Obama hater falls into this category. I am sure that there are people on both ends of the political spectrum who disapprove of his policies and his leadership on its merits. But we can usually differentiate those voices and the type of criticism that they bring from the foam at the mouth, spittle on the chin, racists, who actually call for his assassination because of the color of his skin.
Of course, Obama, ever the politician, had to play both sides of the coin. He went on to say....
“'Now, the flip side of it is there are some black folks and maybe some white folks who really like me and give me the benefit of the doubt precisely because I’m a black President,' Obama added."
Ahhhm, I don't think so Mr. President. Black folks, maybe. White folks, on the other hand, not so much. Trust me; you are not getting the "benefit of the doubt" because you are black.
I am quite sure that you know better, but hey, you have to keep playing the game, so play on. You are, after all, the president of all the people.
Speaking of playing the game, congrats to the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks for making it to the big game. (I see you big sister. You and the folks in the Northwest must be really proud of your Hawks.) Everyone is talking about Richard Sherman and his talk and taunt after his big play to win the game.
Personally, I love a little swag in my football players, especially defensive backs. I would love to have Richard Sherman playing for my birds. Having said that, he went a little too far with the butt slapping and embarrassing of Michael Crabtree on national television right after the game.
Sherman is no dummy. He is a Stanford educated guy who has actually worked to cultivate this image and brand for himself. It helps that he is a hell of a football player.
Of course, as is always the case, the racists will come out. (They already have. Just read some of the tweets in the link. ) And they will make this all about race rather than the makeup of one very talented football player.
I am sure that Barack Obama can relate.
The days leading up to the Super Bowl should be interesting.