Thursday, February 21, 2008

Is Obama too Hip for his own good?

I saw this question on AOL while doing my morning read. It always amazes me when an African Americans make it and other races use certain terminology to discredit their achievement. In this context, it seems like ‘Hip’ was meant to be attached to its cousin ‘Hop’, seeking a negative connotation. Are writers discussing or casting polls on Hillary or McCain being too ‘Hip’ for their own good?

I guess this topic really touched me. Last night I had a dream about Obama visiting my neighborhood (not here on Wisteria Lane., but in Ga. , you can actually take neighbor out of the word because it’s really the hood). In this dream Obama was far from ‘Hip’, referring to their negative connotation. He was poised, articulate, and well dressed. What impressed me most in my dream was that he was tangible. An educated- working class- average Joe…with a dream. A dream often discredited by the lack of experience. A dream so big that other ‘average Joe’s’ support and fund the cost. A dream, which embraces the famous speech of Dr. Martin Luther the King.

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

People are actually taking a stand for what they believe in, Obama mamas, others Baracking the vote. This is far from a movement John Dickerson, its a revolution. Does this make Obama too ‘Hip’ for his own good? No, it makes him too 'Hip' for their own good!!! 'Hip' being defined as- familiar with or informed about the latest ideas, styles, and developments. Considered aware of or attuned to what is expected. ‘Hip’ meaning- for the people by the people…now put a beat with that!!!


Montreal Thomas said...

Okay, okay, okay...I wouldn't say he is too "Hip", but I would say that he has definitly been a 3D version of the Revolution. I might have missed the Dr. King marches, or the Bob Marley rallies...but i'll be damned if I miss the Obama address to the nation as the President of the United States of America. I'm not a voter, not because i'm not active, but because I know how the voting process works...its flawed...but I don't want this to be a 'race' for the 'races'. Even though there are white people backing Obama, I want blacks to see what whites see. Take the color out of it and look at the mans personality, demeanor, charisma, and delivery of speeches...IT IS HYPNOTIZING!!!
People...are you ready for a black president...if betta get cho popcorn ready!!!!!

Tracia said...

Alright then Sister Soldier...I'm feeling it. You know I am a real big Obama supporter and totally pumped about this election process. Even so, I want to quit my job and work for his campaign full-time. Well if they pay well. LOL. I love his politics...clean, ethical, and inspiring...a true leader. Not claiming to know it all but able to bring people together with special talents, high expectations, and a great work ethic. I agree with you...we have not seen such an inspiring leader since the Late Dr. Martin L. King. He was considered "Hip" and supported by the younger generation in his day. They can call Obama whatever they would like...Hip, Hop, Funky, Cold, and/or Medina! He is that and so much more...they can call him Mr. President, November 2008! Peace and lets keep it going. Great job Kristin!

LadyWritesTheBlues said...

Okay,I knew I loved this spot for a reason. Preach sista! I totally agree! Did you see the debate last night? He's killing it! Adding you to the blogroll!

TravelDiva said...

I wholeheartedly agree! They can't handle or define Obama, his success or his supporters.

Eb the Celeb said...

Depends on who ya ask and on which day! Some days he's not hip at all and looked at as a house negro and then other days he's talking about listening to Jay-Z