Amos and Andy in ~ Black Responsibility ~
By Rev. Clenard H. Childress, Jr
The Presidential campaign of 2008 has had more theatrics than Broadway could ever hope to produce. The invidious candor of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright; the spurned homosexual lover, Larry Sinclair, holding press conferences with accusations of Obama's cocaine use; the crocodile tears of Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, and her downing shot glasses of whisky at the local saloon in Indiana. Clint Eastward, eat you heart out! We have had Bill Clinton talking about being the victim making it even more ironic it's about someone else playing the race card. Once again, Hillary, never wishing to be upstaged in any way, surpassed her husband's performance with her last portrayal of being a, "Barack Obama supporter." She would have us believe she really wants him to win the presidency -- truly a nominee for the Tony Award for best leading female actor.
Never to be outdone is Barack Obama with the supporting role now being played by Jessie Jackson. They are starring in the resurgence of that old African American comedy team of Amos and Andy. In reality, it is Barack Obama and Jessie Jackson, attempting to "scam" White blue collar voters in order that Barack Obama may gain their confidence.
The play is called, "Black American's Responsibility." In this play, Amos -- Barack Obama -- pretends to chide African Americans about their responsibility; that they need to be, "pulling themselves up by their own boot straps." Andy believes this is the way White blue collar voters think and what they would want him to say to Black America. Amos, on the other hand, doesn't care about accountability in the Black Community but has been reading the polls and knows his lead is shrinking. White blue collar voters are not coming onboard and others are even jumping ship. Amos also knows those same White blue collar voters are leery and suspicious about his partner, Andy -- Jessie Jackson -- and that Andy is also seen as a Civil Rights icon from a period in history White blue collar voters don't want to be reminded of.
They both get together and come up with the plot to endear Amos to White blue collar voters to end the mutiny. Andy agrees to go on Fox News -- conservative territory -- and pretends that he doesn't know the microphone is on. Andy then makes supposedly secluded remarks stating that, "Amos talks down to Black people!" He even has the "audacity" to use the "N" word. This of course ensures the leaking and airing of these comments on the Mainstream News Media thus portraying Andy as he would want to be perceived by White blue collar voters. Fox takes the bait, swallowing it hook, line and sinker, for they are perceived as the "fair and balanced" reporting source and America is stunned. Andy holds press conferences to intensely mask the scheme and repeatedly apologizes for his ill advised comments. Fox allows the scheme to reach the primary target: White blue collar voters while Amos guides his candidacy more towards the center. Amos, being totally set up by Andy heads to the NAACP Convention in Cincinnati and continues the scam knowing the National Media will recite his current political theme of, "Black Responsibility."
Here is a segment of that speech. "I know some say (Andy) I've been too tough on folks about this responsibility stuff. But I'm not going to stop talking about it, because I believe that in the end, it doesn't matter how much money we invest in our communities, or how many 10 point plans we propose, or how many government programs we launch, none of it will make any difference if we don't seize more responsibilities in our own lives."
Are you listening West Virginia? Are you listening Kentucky? Ohio can you hear me! Minnesota, how about you! Amos and Andy, aren't you forgetting you're talking to a people that "cling to Guns and God?" By clinging to God, and their faith, they couldn't possibly be in agreement with your values and humanistic agenda. They are cautious about shedding innocent blood and want to retain the proper definition of marriage to remain as being between one man and one woman. I personally hope you are right that they cling to God, because it's dangerous to try and scam a people with an affinity for a loaded rifle with no religion. What they are afraid of, is what I am afraid of, and it has absolutely nothing to do with color, but everything to do with content.
For you see, I have watched your performances and I am grieved. I would like to remind you of another play about, "Black Responsibility." This play has also had a resurgence thanks to Phylicia Rashad and Sean "Puff Daddy' Combs. It is called "A Raisin in the Sun" by Loraine Hansberry. I think Amos and Andy need to go see this Broadway classic because it reminds Black America of the importance of Dreams, the importance of values, and along with these, personal responsibility.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. described Lorraine Hansberry as, "a women whose creative ability and profound grasp of the deep social issues confronting the world would remain an inspiration to generations yet unborn." This Dreamer also said, "The Negro cannot win if he chooses to sacrifice the future of his children for immediate comfort and safety." We see the insight of that comment in, "A Raisin in the Sun."
Walter Lee Younger has passed on and his family struggles to fulfill the dreams of their Father. It is a dream deferred but Walter Lee says before his death, "Seem like God didn't see fit to give the Black Man nothing but dreams -- but He did give us children to make those dreams seem worthwhile." Mama lived on to make sure Walter Lee Younger, Jr. and his sister lived out those dreams. In the process, Walter gets so caught up in wanting 'things' he begins to lose the values of his Father. Mama finds out that Ruth, Walter's wife is pregnant and is going to have an abortion. Mama, knowing the importance of Black Responsibility, approaches her son to tell him. At first he refuses to believe she would do such a thing. Ruth interrupts their conversation unexpectedly and says, "Yes I would!" get an abortion. Mama says to Walter, "All right son, now be the man your Father was! I am waiting for you to tell your wife that wants to destroy your child, that we are a people that gives life and not destroys it! If you be a son of mine, you will tell her!" When Walter gets up to leave distraught without saying a word, Mama says, "You're a disgrace to your Father's memory."
Black Responsibility for that generation, and for Mama, was to protect your seed and cherish your child. Barack Obama's answer for this "Mistake" would be to rush her down to Planned Parenthood to destroy the child and destroy the seed. In order to insist on Black Responsibility, you must also demand the values that go along with that responsibility which makes us both accountable and responsible for our actions; values Amos and Andy have both discarded. Sadly they have become a disgrace to our Father's memory, a man who stood on the cusp of history and said, "I have a Dream..."
Rev. Clenard H. Childress Jr.
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