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Reasons I’m Sad to See the First Black Presidency End

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  1. Mikee says:

    Whatever good was accomplished in having a president that looked like you (and I concede there was some good in it) was more than erased by policies that decimated poor people and people of color disproportionately. In one line, calling babies in the womb a mistake, he probably doomed thousands of babies of color to their death by providing air cover for those wishing to do away with their internal inconvenience.

    BTW brother, I don’t know which white people you’ve met, but I don’t know a single person who disrespects President Obama because he is the antithesis of what they imagine a black man to be. If anything, they grieve over someone who is so obviously talented doing so much harm to society and America’s reputation in the world.

  2. After the recent POTUS election African American evangelical Christians interpreted the election in Biblical terms. One would have thought that African Americans (regardless of Christian profession) in the United States were ancient Israelites soon to live in Egypt under a Pharaoh who knew not Joseph. Did they think that soon they would be back on the plantations? Or that Jim Crow would be re-instituted? That they’d be riding in the back of the bus? That they would have to pay a poll tax? Did the think the 1964 Civil Rights Act and all the laws and regulations that have followed would be undone? Or that their children would be sent to separate and unequal schools?

    Moreover, they were painfully disappointed that their white evangelical (supposed) brethren had voted for Trump. And they were wondering why these same “brethren” could not at least don sackcloth and sit with them in the ash heap to mourn.

    But it was an election! Just an election. Trump won. Hillary lost. Had Hillary won, would I have been justified to do a “Job” and to expect that Black Christian Democrats would appreciate my despair? As a matter of fact, I went to bed on election night rather than watch the returns, fully anticipated awaking to a President-elect Clinton, very possibly a Democrat majority in the Senate, and the expectation my last years would be spent watching the country go to hell. But I didn’t expect Jemar Tisby or Thabiti Anyabwile to sit Shiva with me.w

    From the Blog “The Right Not To Be Upset”

  3. Cynthia Mathai says:

    What an impactful picture you painted when describing your son’s 8 years.These 8 years!
    I grew up in Kenya and lived in Zimbabwe in my youth, so I took it for granted that those in power (and in poverty) looked like me. My skin color was never a reason to believe certain professions or accomplishments were out of the question for me.
    I have a growing appreciation the longer I live in the US for positive representations of black and brown people in mainstream culture.

    As a woman of color, what you wrote about Michelle Obama struck a chord. Her grace and poise, her love and support of her husband, her love for her children and dedication to raising them well, her intelligence and personable nature, made her a role model to many. As a woman of color, I know experientially that what Michelle represented mattered tremendously to black womanhood in America.

  4. Jonathan McGuire says:

    I’m a reforned Christian white man who didn’t vote for President Obama either time, disagreed with nearly every policy position he held, disagreed even more with his understanding of the constitution and the power of the presidency, and am generally relieved that his chosen successor did not win in November (an event that, hopefully, will at least stall the march of leftward progressivism in the USA).

    But I agree with you that it was a good thing to show to the world, and to our own youth, that the USA elected a black man to the highest office in the land…twice! There is a fine line between a Christian recognizing the value of seeing ethnic diversity in the White House and a Christian affirming the agenda of those who promote identity politics. But, for now, I still see the majority of us on the safe sofe of that line.

  5. Clinton says:

    Good post. I am a Christian black American man. It was good that Barack Obama was elected and it was good for the country in some ways. No, I definitely didn’t agree with most of his policies and am vocal against his stance on the healthcare law and more government regulation and his administration’s stance on gays and how they sided with secular groups against Christians. I don’t agree with the term African American because it is politically correct rather than getting down to where we are really from in the continent of Africa. I think that with him being elected that racism didn’t change, that it became worse. But we should trust God as Christians, not the government.

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