You know, sometimes I think the masses of people of color have lost their collective minds! Upon going to your local grocery store, taking a stroll down the street, or hell just leaving the house, you can see Negroes with Barack Obama paraphernalia. Now this shouldn’t be surprising being that the majority of people of color’s time is utilized worrying about the release of the next Tyler Perry god awful shucking and jiving, “praise da Lawd” movie, accumulation of Facebook fiends (with questions such as “Where were you on Inauguration day?”); but in paying tribute to Malcolm X on his birthday, I have to vociferously denounce pictures of African giants such as Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X (it ends there because you know they’ve never heard of Amilicar Cabral, Chris Hani, Kwame Nykrumah to name a few other liberators of humanity), and the placing of Barack Obama on a t-shirt, as if he is the extension of these men and the African liberation struggle.
Look to “make it plain”, as Malcolm was fond of saying, it was the deaths of these freedom fighters that made the masses gravitate and be stupefied by a guy like Barack Obama; someone who had no grassroots history in struggling for the masses, can be seen as “The Dream Fulfilled” (the popular slogan on many of these deplorable shirts). It was the assassinations of these men that the masses of people’s political development could be in such a state of retardation, to think that Barack Obama and Malcolm X are one in the same person. It’s ridiculous! It is also goes to show how ignorant and starved the masses of people are for any form of acknowledgment (Monique’ winning an Oscar for playing an incest perpetrating welfare queen isn’t “Black Progress”! Sorry to ruin the party). If you know Malcolm’s work, you will know that he predicted an Obama like figure accession, and that he would have been not only diametrically opposed to Obama; but he probably would have got to swinging if you tried to coalesce their ideologies for the purposes of fitting their images on a t-shirt. In remembering Malcolm, we remember a man that had love for the people, and would have ebulliently opposed the sweet Siren’s call of Obama’s slogan “Change you can believe in.” Happy Birthday Malcolm! Below Malcolm predicts the coming of a Barack Obama.