Affirmative Action. Dig this quote Andrew plucked out:
We're all wondering why Obama is where he's at. How he got here. Everybody in this room is stunned we're in this position.
Let me posit a working theory here--if you truly believe that black people get a leg up in this society, that Barack Obama is only where he is because he got into Harvard Law because of east coast elites favoring him over some salt of the earth hard-working white guy, then you would be stunned. I don't think the AA piece works solo, but it does work in consort with all the other factors I listed below. Basically the word has been--from McCain down--Obama is not worth you respect, or your concern.
This is why I tell my son--over and over--not to give a damn about people verbally slighting him. When time comes to show and prove, all the disrespect in the world doesn't hurt the disrespectee--it hurts the disrespecter. Electoral politics are about showing and proving--no amount of Affirmative Action can get you to the presidency. You have to compete and win. If you're the sort of voter who shows up at one of these dead-end rallies, who likely believes that Obama never deserved the hype he got, that he was only a big deal because he was the "black guy," then, yeah, you are liable to be stunned when he Buster Douglasses that ass. When you're on the canvas searching for you mouthpiece wondering, How the fuck, did I lose to a nigger...
UPDATE: Video of Tyson-Douglass, for the unitiated. The background is Tyson took Douglass lightly, and Douglass basically trained like a mad man. Also his mother had died, like, the week before, so he was ready to go. Tyson, on the other hand, had grown sloppy and he underestimated Douglass, and paid for it.
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