Never one to shy away from controversy, the fiery Chicago-based Nation of Islam leader, Minister, has issued a direct and personal challenge to President Obama in his upcoming second debate with Republican Party challenger Willard : “Man up!”
Holding forth in Charlotte, N.C., last week, the good minister pulled no punches in his unsolicited advice to our dear leader:
“Mr. President, you’ve got to realize you’re fighting for your presidential life,” said Farrakhan. “You’re fighting for your vision of the Democratic Party and the country.”
Farrakhan’s speech was held in commemoration of the 17th anniversary of the 1995 Million Man March held on the Mall in Washington. Interestingly, his message to the gathered men then is the same as he is offering to Obama now: “Man up.”
This time, though, Farrakhan spoke more directly about the endemic white racism/white supremacy which has plagued America from before its foundation right up until this morning. Naturally, Farrakhan took the Republican Party to task for its never-ending, not-so-subtle attacks against President Obama based solely – yes, I said solely – upon Obama’s inconvenient skin color.
He went further, though, than mere racism/white supremacy by stating the rather obvious: The “political” in America is -- and really always has been, at least surreptitiously -- now openly controlled by both big money and racial interest seekers – and not necessarily in that order. "Race" has, likewise and in tandem with capital, been simply a smoke screen or divisive "wedge" to make sure all of us poor folks never realize our common plight. You know, the old, tried and true, and apparently trusty "divide and conquer" play. Willard Mitt Romney is just the latest incarnation of the “useful idiot” -- useful for those who really own and run this place. His outright lies, half-truths, and coded messages sent to the lowest common denominators among whites were not missed nor misunderstood during the last presidential debate.
But the Minister's main message was for the president himself. Could it be, he wondered, that Obama’s somnolent, quiescent, and self-described “polite” responses to Romney’s outrageousness was due to the fact that…well, the president might actually have agreed with what the Republican lackey was saying? Hmmm.
Let’s hope not. The minister offered a plausible excuse for Obama’s otherwise inexcusable behavior:
“Feels like your champion didn’t show up for the fight,” Farrakhan said. “If you lose the first round or two, you go to your corner. It’s called ‘adjustment time.’ Every good fighter knows how to make an adjustment. You don’t get lost.”
Farrakhan got to the meat of matter in describing and naming what he called Obama’s all too apparent “trepidation.” To wit: had the brother been as aggressive toward Romney as Romney was toward him, white folks, including especially, "white liberals" would have dropped him like the proverbial hot potato.
“You can’t go out there and beat up on a white man. You’re going to lose the white vote,” said Farrakhan. Such a public display of anger, or mere intense disagreement...well...at the high level at which those two are competing...it's a little bit deeper than a black guy dominating a white guy on the basketball court or football field. We're talking serious power here...real power.
This, according to Farrakhan is a possibly fatal misunderstanding of white people on Obama's part. His lack of a spine probably turned them off, or at least that proportion of white folks who support him, as much, if not more so, than his shuckin' and jivin' (and obviously practised) timidity.
In any event, Romney now leads in states and cities where he should not even be competitive. The election is now back in “steal-able” range for Republicans – all because of Obama’s over-cautious, make-no-waves, go-along-to-get-along, self-deprecating, obsequious and overly deferential approach to every damn thing -- especially white conservative, right wing Republicans whom he doesn't seem to understand never have and never will "accept" him.
On the contrary, the good Minister Farrakhan argued that Obama would have looked better, sounded better, been better off by simply showing Romney and the country that he -- and not Romney -- really is the President of the United States of America.
Plus, and finally, Obama needs to show his true “base” that he is, yes, president of the United States of America, and that that includes black America, as well:
“You aren’t going to win any more white votes by being kind and gracious,” the Minister said. And then, he delivered the money quote: “Be a little black!”
For the most part, I have to agree with Minister Farrakhan. Obama -- President Obama -- must "show the blood of your daddy." The Republicans already think he is less than, other than, cannot possibly be whom his resume says he is.
Thus, here's another piece of unsolicited advice: Mr. President, stop trying to make friends and influence people with gentility, kindness, concilliation, compromising and self-defeating humility -- especially to folks who tell you daily to your face that you are at best a fluke or an accident of George Bush, or, at worst, you're patently illegitimate.