I’ve been really excited about the elections this year. My heightened interest has been for the obvious reasons, but also because there are so many other people participating that otherwise would have not. There is something special in the air this time around! I don’t consider myself to be a Democrat or a Republican, but I do think that I’m an Independent – a person with my own personal views and opinions that doesn’t simply vote based on a party affiliation, but based on political platforms that best serve my interests.
It’s interesting because Clinton and Obama aren’t much different in their platforms, so we as voters are truly left to pick from those two candidates based on the person and his or her character. This is one time in history that we have an African American male that can actually become arguably the most powerful person in the world. There is actually a person who can being more light to issues the African American and other minority communities face, but are often forgotten about or not considered at all. We potentially have a candidate that could push an agenda through the House and the Senate relatively easily because he is widely seen as a unifying entity. In other words, there is finally a Black man that could represent and lead not only Black America, but all of America and create better relations with other world powers.
I am very excited about the infinite possibilities that electing a person as Obama could do for the USA and the World. What I am not excited about is the fact that no matter how much positivity emanates from the African American communities (doctors, authors, lawyers, professors, pastors, corporate executives, athletes, musicians, etc.) there will always be something that somehow finds its way into mainstream media and perpetuate lowly thoughts of us. A lot of people make music just to make money and aren’t sensitive to the ill effects that may result from detrimental music. A hit single or record means that you are sub-consciously programming people with the message that’s in your music, whether it be good or bad. Music and video media has the unparalleled power to morally shape the conscious of the world and shape their views about women, politics, clothes, cars, etc.
A lot of people may not see anything wrong with the following video (obviously if you look at the number of people in the video), but I think it’s truly sad. Nationally we are on the verge of the possibility of our first African American president of the United States and in a hood near you this is going on: