No, White Friend—You Weren’t “Embarrassed” by Barack Obama

I read this article and was like wow….. this man is deep.

This post is not my traditional religious post, but……God first and I will give him all the Glory even in my social / political awareness posts.

The article is entitled ” No, White Friend—You Weren’t “Embarrassed” by Barack Obama”
May 26, 2017 / John Pavlovitz


I added the link, only for the purpose if anyone wants to read the comments or other materials by Pavlovitz.

Below I will copy and paste his entire article because it speaks fully of what many have been saying. At the end I will conclude with my own individual narrative.

His article begins now:

I remember the day after the Election, a friend of mine who happens to be
white, remarked on social media that he “finally wasn’t embarrassed of
America and our President.”

I sprained my eyes rolling them and they have never fully recovered.
Since then I’ve heard this sentiment echoed by more white folks than I can
count, especially in recent months; supposed relief at once again
having a leader who instills pride.

Since I don’t have the time to ask each of the individually, I’ll ask here:
So, you were embarrassed for the past 8 years, huh?

What exactly were you embarrassed by?
Were you embarrassed by his lone and enduring twenty-five year marriage to a strong woman he’s never ceased to publicly praise, respect, or cherish?
Were you embarrassed by the way he lovingly and sweetly parented and protected his daughters?

Were you embarrassed by his Columbia University degree in Political Science
or his graduating magna cum laude from Harvard Law School?
Maybe you were embarrassed by his white American and Black Kenyan parents, or the diversity he was raised in as normal?

Were you embarrassed by his eloquence, his quick wit, his easy humor, his
seeming comfort meeting with both world leaders and street cleaners; by
his bright smile or his sense of empathy or his steadiness—perhaps
by his lack of personal scandals or verbal gaffes or impulsive tirades?
No. Of course you weren’t.

Honestly, I don’t believe you were ever embarrassed. That word implies an association that brings ridicule, one that makes you ashamed by association, and if that’s something you claim to have experienced over the past eight years by having
Barack Obama representing you in the world—I’m going to suggest you rethink your word choice.

You weren’t “embarrassed” by Barack Obama.
You were threatened by him.
You were offended by him.
You were challenged by him.
You were enraged by him.

But I don’t believe it had anything to do with his resume or his experience
or his character or his conduct in office—because you seem fully proud
right now to be associated with a three-time married, serial
adulterer and confessed predator; a man whose election and business
dealings and relationships are riddled with controversy and malfeasance. You’re
perfectly fine being represented by a bullying, obnoxious,
genitalia-grabbing, Tweet-ranting, Prime Minister-shoving charlatan
who’s managed to offended all our allies in a few short months. And
you’re okay with him putting on religious faith like a rented, dusty,
ill-fitting tuxedo and immediately tossing it in the garbage when he’s
finished with it.

None of that you’re embarrassed of? I wonder how that works.
Actually, I’m afraid I have an idea. I hope I’m wrong.
Listen, you’re perfectly within your right to have disagreed with Barack
Obama’s policies or to have taken issue with his tactics. No one’s claiming he was a flawless politician or a perfect human being. But somehow I don’t think that’s what we’re talking about here. I think the thing President Obama did that really upset you, white friend—was having a complexion that was far darker than you were ever comfortable with. I think the President we have now feels much better.
Because objectively speaking, if what’s happening in our country right now
doesn’t cause you great shame and doesn’t induce the continual meeting
of your palm to your face—I don’t believe embarrassment is ever
something you struggle with.

No, if you claimed to be “embarrassed” Barack Obama but you’re not
embarrassed by Donald Trump—I’m going to strongly suggest it was largely
a pigmentation issue.

And as an American and a Christian committed to diversity and equality and to the liberty at the heart of this nation—that, embarrasses me.

My commentary:
This man’s article right here was spot on to what many were thinking. What irked people about President 44 was the color of hi skin more than anything else. He did nothing of the sort to embarrass the nation to want to rid him of it. President 45 on the other hand. ….. (insert raised eyebrows here). I will leave you to believe and decide what you must, but I knew I needed to share this article.
I like the Author am embarrassed to where we are today.
I myself am an American, a Christian whom is passionate about equality and diversity, I myself of Latin background, whom is brown, I myself whom is a mother to mixed children am embarrassed to where we are today as a nation, yes like the author I am embarrassed too.
God Bless you all.


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