When I Meet Young People who Want to be an Obama
By Irami Osei-Frimpong (August 5, 2019)
The problem isn’t that Obama bought a 15 million dollar house. What else are you going to do with the money?
The problem is:
a) that you all thought he was ever going to do anything for Black people that would jeopardize the family buying a 15 million dollar house.
b) he did it as a public servant who could have pushed for policies for Black communities, but pushed for policies that led to a 15 million dollar house, instead.
When I meet twenty year olds who want to be Rev. Jeremiah Wright. I am heartened. Ella Baker, I’m down. When I meet twenty year olds who want to be Huey Newton or Fred Hampton. I am heartened. Bayard Rustin. Same deal. When I meet 20 year olds who want to be Angela Davis. I think, right on. I hope they read her older stuff. However, when I meet twenty year olds who want to be Barack or Michelle Obama, I’m always sad, and I back away, with my hand on my wallet.
I also keep my kids away from those people.