Presidential Candidate Barack Obama told the world a few minutes ago that he is "outraged" by Rev. Jeremiah Wright's speech to the National Press Club.
I found it hard to watch Obama. He uncharacteristically stuggled for words as he distanced himself from the man he recently, and famously, defended by saying "I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother."
What a crock.
Obama will sell any aspect of his mediated Blackness if it will quell the fears of white voters who stand between him and the presidency.
I find it telling that Obama said that "(t)here's been great damage" in his relationship with Wright.
This is a man who postures his campaign around the often repeated assertion that he seeks commonality and not division.
Are we to understand that his self-described "spiritual guide", the very man who married him and baptized his children, has so offended his political sensibilities that he must be caste aside?
Is Wright, like Minister Louis Farrakhan, too Black and real to fit into the white induced sensibilities that define the substance of Obama and his delusional integrationism.
I believe so.
What we are seeing is Obama jigging to the expectations of whiteness yet again.
What he essentially did today was to warn Black America, in the person of Wright, that it cannot offend whiteness if it wants to be admitted to the integrationist American 'dream'.
Whiteness in these terms is the dominant default value that cannot be overridden, ever.
And so Wright is every Black man, woman, and child in America. The message from Obama is to behave accordingly.
This is not a credible message because Obama is not a credible candidate drawn from struggle.
He is, as I have repeatedly said, a duplicitous ass-kissing sell-out and Wright is right to call him into question, whether by intent or not.
There is, afterall, nothing that Rev. Wright said that has not been repeated in Black households, and others, all over the US and the rest of the world.
That Obama is now "outraged" has more to do with his ambitions than with his acceptance that there is a vibrant struggle critique of whiteness and its related excesses in Black churches and Black life.
But that aside, it is interesting to see how Obama is falling from grace precisely because whites can't really elect a Black man to the White House even though so many want to believe they can.
This Obama trip has been about whiteness and its indulgences. It felt good for long enough to act like race and racism, and its persistent place in America, was transcended in the personhood of Obama.
That trip is now over. Whites have sufficiently proven to themselves that they can embace the right kind of Black man and still not spoil their whiteness and their interests in racism.
And all the while a whole grip of people of colour bought this delusional sh*t. Some still do.
But these good folk will again know that America is all about whiteness and its unavoidable racism, period.
And Obama will find out that he can't overcome the colour of his skin, and its history, despite his white grandma.