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My Response to Adolph Reed's 2010 Essay "Obama No"

Updated on June 19, 2013

Our Dream, Your Nightmare

Dear Mr. Reed,

After reading your essay, "Obama No," I became even more proud, and inspired by the journey and accomplishments of my President, Barack Obama. Public knowledge of, dare I say "racist," attitudes like yours, proves that my President, Barack Obama, a black man, has and still is capable of succeeding in America, despite the racist opposition, inequality, and hoops of bigotry blacks are forced to jump through in order to make a decent living, and secure the personal liberties granted to us by the Constitution of the United States. This is why President Barack Obama is able to make a connection with black people on a level that is beyond your comprehension. It is because we understand the obstacles he has had to face, and despite all the opposition, he has received the highest ranking in the nation. This astounding achievement has been one of great inspiration for blacks everywhere, and I am sure that this achievement will inspire more blacks to take the inescapable risks necessary to secure a better future for not only blacks, but for all Americans, and be a voice of hope for the American people. One would expect you to think that there is "something disturbingly ritualistic and superficial" about President Barack Obama's supporters because you do not understand our common plight, nor do you share our dream of equality for all Americans. You, Mr. Reed, are part of the problem--and the problem is that America does not extend equal opportunities to blacks in an effort to secure our personal liberties which are granted to us by the American Constitution, and to go against the American Constitution is a "character flaw," especially when you are an American. And seeing as how religion presented the first code of ethics, which aided in the development and construction of the Constitution as we comprehend it today, any opposition to the code is, and should be considered "sin."
President Barack Obama stands for equality. Equality in America is a dream, but like my President Obama says, "we got to have hope." This dream is the same dream Langston Hughes wrote about, and Dr. King and Malcolm X preached about in their sermons. This dream, of ridding America of attitudes such as yours, is as equally rooted in the hearts of black Americans, as your fear of an educated, intelligent black man, and his ability to reform policy to create a truly united nation. This dream infused our ancestors of the Civil Rights Movement with courage to stand up and speak out against the injustices they suffered, and invoke change. Our loyalty and support of President Barack Obama would seem "cultish" to someone who has no desire for unity, and is resistent to change.
When I first learned that a black man was campaigning to become president, I did not believe he could succeed either, Mr. Reed. I had faith in President Barack Obama's policies and capabilities, but I was afraid that America was so deeply rooted in racism, that regardless of his abilities and policies, he would be assasinated before he was allowed to exercise his rights as president of the country, prove his talents and capabilities, and show his loyalty to the country. I even feared for his family being present, on the stage, after Obama won the election, but now my faith in my country has been renewed, and I have faith in you too Mr. Reed. I truly understand why all the talk about "transcending racial boundaries," and the "idea that an American electorate could actually support a black candidate," is disturbing to you and what you stand for because it is the opposite of the new direction of renewed hope that President Obama wants to lead the country toward.
I can not answer your question about where we will be when President Obama's campaign falls because currently it is still standing strong; but I will tell you where we will be when the Fall of November 2012 rolls around-- at the polls, re-electing President Barack Obama, our dream, your nightmare.

Proud President Barack Obama Supporter,
LaWanda Felton-Bannister


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      Chris 4 years ago

      Dear Ms. Felton-Bannister,

      Adolph Reed, Jr. is a black political scientist. He is not criticizing President Obama from the right, as a white Republican as you seem to assume, but from the left.


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      LaWandaDenise 4 years ago

      I am aware of Reed's ethnicity. What does that have to do with anything?

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      LaWandaDenise 4 years ago

      Reed's belief that President Obama is all about an "image" moreso than "substance" is proof to me that he has little faith in the capabilities of his own race. This translates to me as racism.

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      Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Racism isn't just about race. It's the attitude that ANYONE is inferior because of their skin color or the belief that one race of human beings is more deserving somehow than another race.

      I've been discriminated against just for having red hair. In Hawaii, I was discriminated against for being white and not Japanese.

      The biggest problem is that some people can't get past the external appearance and understand the human inside.

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      LaWandaDenise 4 years ago

      You are so right. I understand that racism is not simply black and white....but I am not as concerned with other races because I imagine it will take my entire lifetime to find out the truth about my race.

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      LaWandaDenise 4 years ago

      Certain individuals are not worth an internal look.....I haven't the time to figure out which ones are worthy from those that are not...if there is no immediate benefit for me then there is no need for me to waste my time looking at someone internally. People seem to think that blacks should automatically respect the opinions of other blacks just because they were educated in white institutions and receive accoclades and praise for offering their opinions that correlate with that of the white majority; Doing otherwise for these individuals, like Dr. Reed Jr., is a threat to their financial welfare and status. It is obviouse that Reeds opinions are shaped and formed by and I'm guessing, a private white school and an ivy league college education; I would expect him to go along with the only thing that he knows. Ivy league colleges and private white institutions can not teach a black man what it means to be black. The best and most accurate research would be the life of an average black man, because a white man's education is not affordable for average blacks and our government has maintained this division since segregation...same evils operating in organized ways.

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