Friday, October 9, 2009

Obama's Nobel Peace Prize: Seems A Bit Premature, No? (from a HuffPo comment)

I got an Earl Ofari Hutchinson post notification and sauntered over to see what he had to say.  It was refreshingly and surprisingly palatable - for Earl.  Since I was there, I read Jason Linkins' post and decided to read the comments.  Shouldn't have.

I came across this one from LALAW and immediately bristled at the blatant attempt to manipulate Dr. King's Nobel acceptance speech, in order to somehow justify Obama's getting the gold:
In 1964, when southern schools were still segregated, Martin Luther King, Jr. won the Nobel Prize. He died in 1968 and schools in the south were still segregated until a year after his death. When he won the award, he said, in part:

"I accept the Nobel Prize for Peace at a moment when twenty-two million Negroes of the United States of America are engaged in a creative battle to end the long night of racial injustice. I accept this award in behalf of a civil rights movement which is moving with determination and a majestic scorn for risk and danger to establish a reign of freedom and a rule of justice.

I am mindful that only yesterday in Birmingham, Alabama, our children, crying out for brotherhood, were answered with fire hoses, snarling dogs and even death. I am mindful that only yesterday in Philadelphia, Mississippi, young people seeing to secure the right to vote were brutalized and murdered. And only yesterday more than 40 houses of worship in the State of Mississippi alone were bombed or burned because they offered a sanctuary to those who would not accept segregation...

Therefore, I must ask why this prize is awarded to a movement which is beleaguered and committed to unrelenting struggle; to a movement which has not won the very peace and brotherhood which is the essence of the Nobel Prize."

Congratulations, Mr. President, on another great accomplishment.
Before I even knew it, my fingers were typing this:

LALAW...You conveniently ended your excerpt to seemingly conflate Dr. King with Obama. The very next sentence of the speech, along with others that follow, describe precisely why Obama can - in no way - be compared to the prescient MLK:

"After contemplation, I conclude that this award which I receive on behalf of that movement is profound recognition that nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral question of our time -- the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to violence and oppression...If this is to be achieved, man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.

...The tortuous road which has led from Montgomery, Alabama, to Oslo bears witness to this truth. This is a road over which millions of Negroes are travelling to find a new sense of dignity."

Since Obama's not familiar with that "tortuous road," I'm not surprised he's twisted that "new sense of dignity" into continuing aggression and "loving" the poor into destitution.

And the beat goes on...
Can't seem to stop letting revisionist get under my skin.  (Decided to see if their "Post to Blogger" thingy worked.  It did, but I had to edit it, adding a few words of explanation as well as a couple links.)

I went over to Cinie's earlier and "You Go Away For One Minute..." was definitely worth it!  We are more often than not on the same wavelength me and Cin (I busted out laughing when I saw the same Urkelbama that she'd let me have gracing her post!).  Succinct and dead-on as ever - she's ba-a-a-ck!!!

I'd dedicated this in my comment to my Sister-Friend over at her place, but I think all of us who truly believe in a better world - in spite of, not because of, the Changeling, could use it:

Okay, now I'm done with this whole Nobel Prize thing - except to say that with all this international, political "capital," - UNIVERSAL health care, a living wage, disparity in sentencing Blacks and Browns, reigning in the "stupidly" acting police, saying no to McChrystal, telling AIPAC and Israel to get their shit together regarding Gaza and the Palestinians, getting out of Gitmo - for real, stopping torture and renditions - for real, brushin' off:  the Federal Reserve, those banks "too big to fail" and insurance companies Jay-Z style, getting AFRICOM to really be 'bout it and for Chrissakes, stopping the state/federal-sanctioned foot-on-neck policies at our borders - all should be a piece of damn cake!

P.S.S.  What about Morgan Tsvangirai of Zimbabwe?  And Dr. Sima Samar of Afghanistan?  Hey, wonder if Ms. Magazine feels stupid as hell - writing about her and then doing THIS craziness!  -------> Obviously they weren't  even listening during the interview they, themselves conducted when the good doctor said:

"We need solidarity to free women—solidarity with women everywhere.  Women must support each other; we are our own class."

Just sayin'


ea said...

I think the Greens have it right--Obama got the Nobel Peace Prize for not being George Bush. Doesn't really matter that he acts like George Bush, I guess.

Deb said...

Greens and everybody else, I think, have it right. For reasons to numerous to mention, the Nobel Committee doesn't seem to see the similarity. Or do they? Who knows? Maybe they did the US a favor by giving him that prize. Maybe he'll be too ashamed not to finally DO something! Just kidding! I don't think he feels shame - ever.

Cinie said...

Rush Limbaugh is not George Bush, nor is Britney Spears. The list of people who are not HeeBee GeeBee is world-wide long, and they don't deserve the Nobel Peace Prize, either. Barack Obama won the Prize because attaching oneself to his successful AstroTurf marketing rocket is currently seen as the surest-fire way to boost one's profile. However, in this case, I'm convinced that the committee jumped the shark and sold out any credibility they might have once had, in an ill-fated momentary public relations ploy, unfortunately trading their well-earned past celebrity for future notoriety.

What's really scary is that so many people, especially black people, drank the Kool-Aid whether they saw through Obama or not. In fact, it's the ones who say, "Hey, he might not be the most qualified guy in the world, but, let's get our foot in the door this time around, and then work on getting a good candidate next time," that piss me off the most. All this global ado about nothing, and trying to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear for the sake of the illusion of progress, is going to come back and bite us all in the ass for years to come. And, it will be the well-meaning, misguided liberals and faux solidarity black image-over-substance folks who all know better, but make excuses for all the wrong reasons, who will forever bear the brunt of my wrath.

Nobel committee included.

You know, Deb, I read somewhere that the smartest person in the world is always the one who agrees with you. Of course, I think you're brilliant, even when we disagree. Finding your blog via Sugar's was like finding an oasis in the desert on the strength of directions from a traveling companion met along the way.

Bless you, Woman.

Deb said...

Cinie...Hey Doll! Welcome back! (don't know why you couldn't post before but I'm glad it's fixed!)

Blessings right back at ya Woman!! Can't ever have too many of them!!

And ditto on finding each other at Sugar's (homegirl's on Twitter now. She-e-e-et! I'm catchin' hell keepin' up with changes on what is apparently supposed to be simple-assed Blogger! Ain't no tweetin' in my old ass!), I couldn't believe I'd finally found a Black person, seeing clearly through the madness yet, NOT getting caught up in all that other ensuing madness, allowing for an entertaining-as-hell, well-researched and on-point "telling" that mirrors the views of many, and more often than not, my own. Beyond refreshing!

I agree with you and ea both on the reasons the Changeling got that shit. In addition to him not being "HeeBee GeeBee" (definitely a "statement" of sorts that lots of countries/people are making with their support of this Pinnochio), your following point is well-taken:

"Barack Obama won the Prize because attaching oneself to his successful AstroTurf marketing rocket is currently seen as the surest-fire way to boost one's profile. However, in this case, I'm convinced that the committee jumped the shark..."

However, it seems even the Axelrovian Astro Turf crew were somewhat taken aback by the "prize," stumblin' & bumblin' in their efforts to explain it. I could be wrong, and their performance was also Astro Turf, but I saw something. Not sure what, but, I saw it. Of course, they'll still take that gold (and cash) and put it in the "W" column - to use for later.

"In fact, it's the ones who say, "Hey, he might not be the most qualified guy in the world, but, let's get our foot in the door this time around, and then work on getting a good candidate next time," that piss me off the most."

How many ways can I co-sign on this one!!! I've been trolling comedy shows (re-runs and otherwise) in search of some comic relief from all the bullshit on TV. In the past week, TWO Black comics said exactly what you just said! One youngster I didn't know well, and Wanda Sykes. Wanda disappointed me on a couple levels (one of which I'd like to hear your take on later). I was happy she decided to stop wearing that heavy damn mask and come out, but along with it, came some "outing" of other things that hit me strangely and some that made me ask some serious questions of myself, but she also had me rollin'. I've got an unruly "Esther" and a love-hate relationship with Spanks took so I certainly can relate! :-)

As for the "brunt of your wrath," this Natalie Turner is sho 'nuf wit' ya!!!! :-)

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