Obama Video of the Day – 9/12/2007

AkinScribe 5 does it again!

Today’s ‘Obama Video of the Day’ comes from that talented YouTube-r ‘AkinScribe5’, and it came to BWFO just in time…

Just this week, I had a conversation with three of my very intelligent, very enlightened colleagues – they shall go nameless of course.

It was really more of a friendly debate, two against two – two arguing that Senator Obama is electable and worthy of the presidency, and  two arguing that the Hillster is the better candidate. I’m fairly certain I don’t have to tell you which side I fell on (stupid grin).

The real fireworks started when one of the ladies remarked that one of the ‘real’ reasons she didn’t want to see the Senator elected is because ‘they gon’ kill him, and I just couldn’t stand to see that!’ Sigh.

I cannot begin to tell you how many times I’ve heard that from black women and a few men as I’ve worked with BWFO. Obviously, in light of our history in this country and what we’ve had to endure at the hands of racists, their concerns are understandable; I’ve allowed myself to think the same thoughts at times, and undoubtedly, Michelle Obama has had the thought run through her mind a time or two. Ironically, the very next day after my conversation with my colleagues, I stumbled upon AkinScribe5’s latest Obama video – watch it for yourself:

An amazing coincidence? Maybe not. Maybe the Lord God at work. Out of Michelle Obama’s own mouth – she refuses to allow thoughts of losing her husband sway her from doing what she knows in her heart is best for the country. She gave her consent to the Senator to throw his hat in the ring for the presidency because as she put it, she was ‘tired of living in fear’.

There is no better way to say it – my job is done here, except to say that we could and should learn a lot from this strong black woman. It is so easy for us in our lives in general to let fear prevent us from taking the steps to do more, be more, and give more. Michelle Obama is making the ultimate sacrifice of her time, her family’s quality of life, and yes, her peace of mind, in light of the fact that there is a very real danger that some lunatic will try and hurt her husband. But as I watched her in this video, I saw visions of Coretta Scott-King, the wife of Medgar Evars, Winnie Mandella, and the host of other remarkable black women around the world who knew with out doubt, even if not without fear, that the cause to which their husbands were called was greater than that fear, greater than their hopes, and greater even than their simple dreams of a long life with their spouses. And because she has given so much to the cause of moving this nation in a better direction, it means that no matter what happens this next election year, Michelle Obama is my hero for life, and another shining example for the young black women in this nation to live by.

So to my colleagues I say, suggesting that we should allow fear to prevent us from doing everything in our power to elect Senator Obama, is like saying that we would some how undo the entire civil rights movement itself if we could only get Martin Luther King Jr. back. The idea is ludicrous and counter-productive; I don’t believe either man would even entertain the thought, and most remarkably, neither would their wives. So as black women, it is time for us to beat down our fears like they owe us child support, and wrap ourselves in the hope of a better future for our families, our communities, and our nation. It’s the only way that change will come, and isn’t that what it’s all about?

About Patricia Wilson-Smith

Patricia Wilson-Smith is a freelance writer and author of the romantic comedy "Duped By Love". She is a regular contributor to She Unlimited Magazine, and covers special events as a special on-air correspondent.
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One Response to Obama Video of the Day – 9/12/2007

  1. Ethel says:

    Please email the Congressional Black Caucus. They are planning on allowing Hillary Clinton to speak at one of their meetings. It is against their rules. Please let them know they are not supposed to take sides in the elections. They are planning on allowing Hillary Clinton to speak during one of their meetings. This is against their policy.
    Their email address is congressionalblackcaucus@mail.house.gov . Here is the link to the news article.


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