Burn Your Brown Bags!

I am a newbie blogger, welcome to my very first post! As a journalist by day I report and write for a living so have been reluctant to get into blogging too. But I just couldn’t keep my mouth shut anymore about the Black attack. Specifically it was this week’s news that Harold Ford thinks voting for Barack Obama is akin to suicide. According to the Associated Press: “It’s a slim possibility for him to get the nomination, but then everybody else is doomed,” Ford said. “Every Democrat running on that ticket next year would lose — because he’s black and he’s top of the ticket. We’d lose the House and the Senate and the governors and everything. I am a gambling man. I love Obama. But I’m not going to kill myself.” That’s what drove me to this blogging point.

When it comes to Black folks, as a Black woman I am all for independent thought (need more), challenging our own (need more), diversity of views (we definitely need more), and speaking up (our silence  — that’s what’s killing us). I am also a realist — which means that my cynicism runs deep through my veins.

Still, there is something down right sad when even Black politicians have so little faith that Black folks can or will succeed that they are willing to tell the world that it is better to vote for the other guy, or in this case gal, because any Black man — even articulate ones — can never win.

It was bad enough that Obama’s candidacy has brought brown paper bag parties out of the closet with everyone from Cornell West to Debra Dickerson debating his Blackness. But the level of the lack of respect for ourselves that we must have that we have so little faith, is truly, well, ghetto.

Welcome to ghettonation.



Filed under musings, politics, rant, society, that's so ghetto

10 responses to “Burn Your Brown Bags!

  1. Welcome to the Blogosphere Cora. I heard your interview on NPR, and will definitely be buying a copy of your book.

    Please keep blogging!

  2. Cora (may I call you Cora?),

    I am terribly saddened by Ford’s attitude.

    Personally, I think Obama is the best of the Democratic field (my second choice being Bill Richardson), and I will enthusiastically support him. After all, the realistic alternative is Hillary Clinton, whom I wouldn’t vote for on a bet.

    Kepp blogging, friend, you’ll be surprised at how good it might be for you.



  3. Conundrum

    Hey Cora,
    I am so glad to read some of your very insightful and informative blog entries. I was not aware that Harold ford Jr. made those statements. I am shocked and saddened your point is well taken, if we cannot hope to see our brothers and sisters successful what does that say about ourselves. Harold Ford Jr. might just be disheartened after his recent loss during the midterm elections. I believe Obama’s run is historically significant and necessary, but he seems to be getting the most criticism from black leaders in our own community. I guess if they overwhelmingly support him they might disappoint some of their own alliances with white constituents. As a young black man i sometimes feel as though we have sometimes lost the vision of community and a unified goal.

    Obama 08

    My two cents.

  4. LB

    The possibility of Obama running for President both delights and terrifies me. How exciting that an African American may finally win this opportunity! But what if he wins? He is stepping into the biggest mess since Richard Nixon resigned. The future of this country may well be economic collapse following the demonical spending spree of the Bush administration. The terrifying thought is that Obama will be blamed for the collapse he may inherit!

  5. Aly Adair

    Cora: I published an article, referenced below, on Associated Content where I referenced your work. I think you are right on and so do a couple of others who commented on my piece. Thank you for your courage to stand up and tell the truth. Best wishes.

  6. Bubba

    “Truth is, I am waiting for the day when someone who is hurling racist and sexist insults – because this will happen again on another day – will have to actually think about how to express such hatred because the words wouldn’t be those that we already use everyday.”
    You’ll just have to keep waiting. In the meantime, honey could you explain to me the difference between classical physics and quantum physics. It’s a essay question I have for my physics class. Oh sorry; It’s a white guy science question.

  7. Henry Bemis

    Yes, the paper bag test again. I’m not sure if some of us are myopic or just taking a steady diet of crazy pills, to keep pushing the monolithic black community card is just ridiculous. We forget that our communities are as diverse as, well, any other diverse community. This moot argument just shows the depth of our, on occasion, stupidity. Especially the academics. Wouldn’t it be nice to see the hip hop scholars delve into their real academic fields and do some actual work.

    I grew up in the 80’s and 90’s, mid-sized town, part of Jack and Jill, listened to new wave and big hair music, and never had an identity problem.

    All of a sudden we don’t know who is black and who is not. Or even what blackness is. Please. That’s just crazy talk. Oh, by the way, you book is wonderful. Thank you.

  8. The Nation Is Ghetto

    Ghetto from my perspective is an urban style, culture and way of living with everything from the western world flipped with a sort of crazy feel to it. Stereotypically, it could be offensive if altered by a person from a different race. The reading of the chapter was quite interesting but I wouldn’t agree with the author. Even though I do support the incredible damage the “Ghetto Lifestyle” is having on the country today. Presently, ghetto is a mindset, behaviour and most importantly a way of life.
    Today’s way of dressing, talking and manners of doing things is highly glorified compared to the olden days which it will be considered stupid and unendurable. The clothes, the music, the language of “ghetto” have become welcome in America and we should all be ashamed.


  9. Thanks for interesting post

  10. Antalesha Ballard

    Cora Daniels book, Ghetto Nations is a wonderful book. She not only gives a variety of example actions of ghetto, but also many definitions of ghetto. The definitions exemplify Daniels awareness of the many meanings of ghetto. Many people, particularly black Americans misunderstand ghetto actions and Daniels gives good example through the stories in her book.

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