Obama Tells Black Community to Stop Bitchin’ and Go to Work for Him

26 Sep

Obama to Black Community: take off your head scarves and wave caps, put away the jug of Kool-Aid and grape drink, stop frying that chicken.

by Yvette Carnell

I just finished listening to President Obama’s speech at the Congressional Black Caucus dinner and I’m still reeling with anger. Honestly, I’ve never been more afraid for my country or my people than I am now.

In his speech, Obama told the mostly black audience;

Take off your bedroom slippers. Shake it off. Stop complainin’. Stop grumblin’. Stop cryin’. We are going to press on. We have work to do.

As writer Charing Ball noted, Obama may as well have said “take off your head scarf and wave caps, put away the jug of Kool-Aid and grape drink, stop frying that chicken.”

Of course, black people aren’t wearing “slippers”. To the contrary, we’re fighting, without any help from the executive branch mind you, to keep our heads above water in this recession.

But President Obama isn’t speaking to us, but about us – to conservative leaning independents. He’s speaking to the stereotype that they hold, that African-Americans are lazy critters who aren’t capable of self-actualization.  And it was remarkable to hear Obama bark patronizingly at an African American crowd, then watch the crowd answer in applause. In a word, heartbreaking.

Basically, the most risk averse President in modern history is telling us to put our ass on the line for him. He’s telling us to put on our marching shoes even though he never marched for anything during his days as a “community organizer”. The only thing Obama knows about marching is what he read under a palm tree in Hawaii, and he’s lecturing us?

The man who capitulates at every turn and invalidates progressives as the “professional left” has the nerve to demand our loyalty? The man who answers the whining of the Tea Party with strong and deliberate action has the nerve to admonish us for our criticisms?

Instead of helping us navigate our way through a Wall St engineered recession, Obama has relegated us to the 1960’s.  Truth is, if Obama had fought for something- anything- then maybe there would be less of a need to march.

And at least when folks marched in the 1960’s, they marched against the escalation of the Vietnam War. Meanwhile, Obama ESCALATES war and wants us to march for him? He wants us to put our beliefs on the backburner for his careerist ambitions? For his legacy? For the continuance of a purely symbolic victory?

For those who are prepared to accept Obama’s call to arms, just know that Obama won’t have your back. If you strike out marching and get arrested (or worse), Obama will look on you with the same indifference that he looks upon the  “Occupy Wall. St.” protesters. Unlike JFK, who protected black protesters with the national guard, Obama hasn’t even acknowledged the Wall St protesters, let alone protect them. He won’t bail you out or expunge your arrest record. And you won’t pass the background check for that new job you had your heart set on. That’s change you can believe in only if you’re stupid.

Saddest of all, though, is that Obama would never have told the Jewish community or Wall St. bankers to stop complaining and go march. He is, of course, respectful of and beholden to those constituencies. But he has no problem adding a little base to his voice and chastising us like toddlers.

I know Obama’s new to this, but the job of a politician is to ask for our votes, not berate us and give us our marching orders. He works for us, not the other way around. He should get busy doing his job. Maybe if Obama had fought for something other than his own skin, we’d fight alongside him. Maybe if Obama had honored those who marched during the Civil Rights movement by working on their behalf to save Social Security, Medicare, and other safety nets, maybe I’d stand at his side. But Obama is a careerist politician who only stands up for himself, and he’s a man who defends himself by debasing all African Americans and our legacy.

From where I stand, Obama doesn’t even like us, much less have our best interest at heart. This is what a compromised and conflicted black man looks like. Let us learn from this, so as to avoid making the same mistake again. In so far as hope goes, that’s all we have to cling to.


26 Responses to “Obama Tells Black Community to Stop Bitchin’ and Go to Work for Him”

  1. PghRich September 26, 2011 at 4:58 am #

    Since the writer did not leave a name I would have to guess that this was posted by Glenn Beck or some other right wing biggot.

    There is no way a Black person could pen this trash.

    • @YvetteDC September 26, 2011 at 5:28 am #

      My name is at the head of the article. Scroll up. Reading is fundamental.

      • PghRich September 26, 2011 at 5:53 am #

        It was NOT on the 1st page of the post…I did see it after I posted my comment.

        would you please tell me how you can say those things about another BLACK Person ?

        I have been reading some of you post on your blog and you appear to be a very intelligent you lady.

        What with the Obama hating

    • Black_Diamond September 28, 2011 at 12:42 am #

      Amen!! LOL

  2. Bro. Charles September 26, 2011 at 5:40 am #

    WOW! Let me get a copy of Obama’s speech at the Congressional Black Caucus dinner. What is his vision of “change” and leadership plans for Blacks in the inner-cities steeped in senseless violence, drugs, poverty, gangs, guns, fratricide, Black inferiority, joblesness, and mass incarceration–partly due to the 25% graduation rate of young Black males. Yes, I totally understand that personal responsibility plays a role in our present condition but so does government, business, education, civic, media and faith based entities that facillitate ignorance, poverty, economic exclusion and discrimination every since the Emancipation Proclamation days right on through the civil rights era to present. Tired of the race card then lets put an end to institutional racism for starters. I don’t know about any “marching” that I’m supposed to be doing, but I will keep “steppin” to generate support in collecting the 50,000 plus signatures to Obama and local government including people in power, for our “Nonviolence Pro Mentorin of At Risk Youth Petition.” This initiative speaks truth to power while sending a message to our precious youth living in fear for their lives that we love them and are willing to unite and fight for real “systemic” chanhe!



  3. David2001 September 26, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    President Obama’s speech sounds like one of hypocritical Bill Cosby’s rants to the black poor. Many (not all) black people had enough sense to realize that Cosby wasn’t speaking to black people. He was simply saving his own behind with whites. As the writer stated Obama’s speech wasn’t meant for blacks but for whites. President Obama would never have got elected if white independent AND LIBERAL voters thought he would treat black people equally. IMO when it comes to racism there is a fine line separating white liberals and conservatives. That’s the reason this President disrespects and keeps black people at arms length, to pander to those people. I’m sure the president’s white advisors are saying to him if you want to keep that white support just keep talking like Bill Cosby.

    • Yvette Carnell September 27, 2011 at 3:43 am #


    • Black_Diamond September 28, 2011 at 12:50 am #

      And as long as you (=Black people) continue to have this view, then black people will stay lagging behind in society.

      I agreed COMPLETELY with everything Bill Cosby said a few years ago.
      I also agree COMPLETELY with everything Obama said in this speech.
      And not just because I’m black.

      Black people (We) need to FINALLY take responsibility for their (our) rottenness and stop blaming white people.

      “The man” did NOT place that weed in your hand.
      “The man” did NOT send you to the corner of the street to hang out.
      Dont give me that BS.
      Is there still racial discrimination in education and jobs? Heck yeah!
      But is there a lot of personal responsibility that black folk should take? UM, HECK YEAH!

  4. Edgriff September 26, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    What are you talking about, how do you make such an analysis. I don’t agree with everything the President does or say but now is the time to back him and the country. Chicken, jug of Kool Aid wave cap huh! When did he said that?


  5. Bro. Charles September 26, 2011 at 7:39 pm #

    I’m back! I took the time to locate a transcript of Obama’s speech to the CBC. I applaud President Obama for his efforts here. As someone involved in the “struggle” for many years, I find nothing troubling or wrong with what Obama said in the second and third paragraphs, when viewed in the proper context.

    Obama stated: “I don’t know about you, CBC, but the future rewards those who press on. With patient and firm determination, I am going to press on for jobs. I’m going to press on for equality. I’m going to press on for the sake of our children. I’m going to press on for the sake of all those families who are struggling right now. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I am going to press on. I expect all of you to march with me and press on. Take off your bedroom slippers, put on your marching shoes. Shake it off. Stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying. We are going to press on. We’ve got work to do, CBC.”

    For the record, I do not follow Obama blindly! I criticize him publicly when warranted. In this speech before the CBC, i believe him to be sincere and he should be given the benefit of any past doubt. That does not mean that Obama gets a free pass for simply being–Black while President. Some would argue that he is not being Black enough!

    • Bro. Charles September 26, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

      Correction: I was quoting from the second and third “last” paragraphs printed from the ending of Obama’s speech.

  6. Anonymous September 26, 2011 at 10:07 pm #

    Yvette, if you are not going to support the President against the current opposition, you are your own worst enemy.

    • Yvette Carnell September 27, 2011 at 3:41 am #

      Uh-huh. OK.

    • Black_Diamond September 28, 2011 at 12:54 am #

      These dumb people dont even know when they are voting against their own interest….

  7. Anonymous September 26, 2011 at 10:37 pm #

    LOL…This the most absurd read I’ve come across…aside from fictions comics….LOL


    • Black_Diamond September 28, 2011 at 12:55 am #


  8. Anonymous September 26, 2011 at 10:42 pm #

    Blacks trying to make a name by bashing their own….pathetic…..Yvette U are your worst enemy…try something that suits you…Journalism…Isn’t for you…
    When someone degrades their own…They degrade themselves…….
    “Even an educated mind is Horrible thing to waste”

    • Yvette Carnell September 27, 2011 at 3:36 am #

      There is no “name” to be made in attacking the power structure and its titular head. In case you haven’t read the polls, most African-Americans agree with you. They actually believe Obama has their best interest at heart even though Obama has done little in his first term to demonstrate that he has respect or affinity for his core supporters.

      The folks who are making a name for themselves during the era of Obama are his pitbulls -people like Melissa Harris Perry and Al Sharpton. No journalist’s career is ever advanced by attacking the White House.

  9. Anonymous September 26, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

    Open your mind:


    Read the article. Watch the video. Read the comments.

    • Anonymous September 26, 2011 at 11:23 pm #

      Wow. The hate runs deep among the conservatives. That link is the most appalling thing I’ve seen in a while. the sad thing is that the misguided author of this blog is contributing to the feeding frenzy of the rightwing.

      • Anonymous September 27, 2011 at 12:42 am #

        How is a history of fighting for equal rights appalling?

      • Yvette Carnell September 27, 2011 at 3:40 am #

        Funny. I voted for President Obama (still have the “Are You Fired Up” t-shirt), but because I don’t support him anymore, I’m a conservative? Maybe I just think more than you.

        Unlike Obama apologists, I don’t have an undying affection for the man. He’s a cute guy with a beautiful family but I’m over it (you should be too). This is about politics and politics is about exchange. I’ll leave you to your love affair…

      • Black_Diamond September 28, 2011 at 1:06 am #

        Em, so Yvette…. you voted for Obama because he was a cute guy with a cute family? And now you’re over it?

        Okay, well that explains alot about your superficial empty-headedness. Some of us actually know the issues, and always have.

        I will be supporting Obama in 2012, not just because I agree fundamentally with all his positions (fiscally, socially, foreign policy, etc)….but also because I will most certainly NOT support a Republican. Any Republican.

        Republicans are hiding behind fiscal conservativeness – when the true reason why they want smaller government is because they are tired of paying the way for poor Black people… Some want to cut social security, others are suggesting people without jobs should pay taxes (“broaden the tax base” is what they say – rather than raise taxes by 4% on those who make >1 million)…

        OBAMA 2012.
        YES WE CAN.

  10. Rosetta Cotten-Fairley September 26, 2011 at 11:49 pm #

    I am extremely disappointed by President Obama’s remarks. I was in total shock. I wonder what the First Lady thought of his speach!!

  11. PghRich September 27, 2011 at 7:20 am #

    To Yvette and the other Obama hater, West,Smiley & Watkins…..Please Please Please tell me and the others who as you put it blindly follow
    President Obama.

    Please tell us Who will you give us as an Alternative. Do you believe that anyone of those right wing biggots on the other side will do more for you than President Obama HAS DONE.

    Even the handkerchief piaazman is not the answer, just listen to some of his comments.

    So until you come up with an alternative for the current president shut the hell up

  12. PghRich September 27, 2011 at 7:30 am #

    For those of you not old enought to know handkerchief HEAD negro were the uncle toms that white folks used to disrupt the civil rights movement back in the day

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