This whole Gates thing is driving me crazy. It seems that everywhere you turn everyone has an opinion about Obama and Gates and was this a good move or a bad move for Obama to comment.
Well, the first thing I would ask people to recognize is that people’s opinions are based upon their perspective and their life’s experiences. You can say John F. Kennedy or Bill Clinton or any other President would not have commented on the issue that deals with Professor Gates and the Cambridge Police. But, what people need to realize is that President Barack Obama is no ordinary President. He is not the same as the past 43 Presidents because he is the FIRST African American President. Therefore, he has a different perspective than any other President who preceded him.
Barack Obama is the FIRST President of these United States who has ever been racially profiled. For the most part he is the first President who did not come from a privileged background and most definitely is the first President who understands that gut wrenching feeling when the police pull up behind you and turn on those lights. It does not matter how much money you make, if you have a Harvard degree or are a common man driving a bus, only Black Men can really relate to that feeling.
So, I say to the entire media world. Stop expecting President Barack Obama to do and be the same as the other Presidents who preceded him. He is different, he brings to the table a completely different life perspective. He brings a completely different life expectation. Yes, his daughters Sasha and Malia will have advantages that many others will not share or understand, but they will also share some commonalities that only Black folks can and will relate too. That is because he is the FIRST Black President. We can hope that things will change, and will get better. But today, Barack Obama is a man who grew up with the same challenges and deals with the same racial identity issues all Black Men have had to deal with and he will govern and give his opinion from that place. That is why we voted for him, that is why we supported him and that is why we can relate to him because he is US. And when he says that Officer Crowley acted “Stupidly” that is what we all say and said, and that is why we are reminded he is one of US.
Because when Barack is done being President, just like Oprah Winfrey was reminded in England and just like the media reminded Michael Jackson when he questioned it, “It does matter if you are Black or White”.
Â So, whether you agree or disagree, now more than ever I really need your input. I need to hear from you. I need to know what is going on in our community. I also need to know what other stories we need to tell, and what is on your mind. I really do want to hear from you, I want you to “Talk to Danny.”
God Bless You,
Danny J. Bakewell, Jr.
President & Executive Editor