Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Best Blogpost I've Read on Obama Yet

From Adrienne Marie Brown on RaceWire. I especially appreciate her description of her friends' reactions when she displayed 'hateration' towards the Obama whirlwind-slash-political-phenomenon.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, if people (especially progressives) who are working on Obama's campaign don't have a commitment to continue to fight for fair and free elections, to work together to build LOCAL power from the grassroots, and to hold him accountable to his campaign promises if he wins the Presidency, then really, I would be happy not to hear one more word about the so-called 'miracle' of his campaign. I'm not a hater, but I am a bit of a cynic, having been involved in political work for the better part of the last twelve years. Hey, call me crazy, but I just want real change, not media glitz and empty promises.


ludovic said...

Umm, why do the folks in his campaign have to have that commitment. Why can't we take the opportunity and follow the millions of folks who have been inspired by him?

I left a more detailed comment to AMB's piece over there.

Rona Fernandez said...

I'm glad you commented, Ludovic. I don't expect ALL folks to have that commitment, just progressive folks who claim to be asserting or wanting to build leadership in communities of color. If we are leading, let's lead, or at least 'follow' with a more critical perspective / analysis to offer, which from what I've seen of most progressives' public takes on the Obama campaign, is sorely missing. Especially in regards to race.