photo by pacific john, flickr
I have been angry for a week now and I have heard from you. Y’all gave me much to consider and digest. Wrestling with this has been very, very difficult and gut wrenching. At times I’ve felt that I just needed to let my anger go, embrace the moment, and savor this history making candidacy for all that its worth. Conversely, I’ve thought that this brotha is little more than a Democratic and neoliberal version of Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell, the doublemint twins of right-wing imperialist deception.
Appeasing skittish and racially ambivalent whites that deliberately insult the integrity and prophetic vision of the black church doesn’t work for me. Disassociating from Jeremiah Wright by telling a nationally televised audience that you would not have felt comfortable enough in your church of twenty years to stay if your pastor hadn’t retired just doesn’t work for me.
I want to support this brotha so badly, but I have gone as far as I can. I can’t do it anymore and feel good about it. I’ve decided to vote uncommitted in the North Carolina Democratic primary in protest. Moreover, as of today, I formally withdraw my support of Barack Obama for the Democratic Nomination for President, my bitter opposition to Senator Clinton notwithstanding, and will leave the Democratic Party to become an Independent.
In case you were wondering, I have been this way for a number of years and refused to support Bill Clinton because of his lack of candor and respect for the black community on the Death Penalty in 1992. I actively supported Jerry Brown.
The vast majority of you will never agree with me, I concede that, but I am a race man through and through and this is about respect. If a politician doesn’t respect us, they can never really represent us. It’s just that simple. I’ve made no decision about the fall. I’ll let y’all know. But for today, I decline to support Barack Obama.