September 4, 2009

Struggling with Politics

For a while, I have been struggling...
Struggling with the fact that something wonderful happened in November 2008 that my Great-Grandmother and Grandmothers did not live to see.

A man who is of African decent became president of the United States.

President of a nation where when they were on this earth people who lived here mistreated them and made them feel like second-rate citizens...

Side note: Please do not be angry that I did not mention all of his heritages. I mean no offense or disrespect.
It's just for me and other black folks, when past obstacles have come along, no one really cared that I am also of English, Irish, Cherokee, and Muskogee (Creek) decent.
They just didn't...sad and unfair but true.

My current struggle is that many people that I love, really dislike our president. And in my opinion can come across very disrespectful. Although they may not say it, body language and tone speaks volumes.

Do I agree with everything our president proposes, no. I pray that God gives him wisdom and I vote when possible.
Do I praise God that my son now has a living historical figure to be one of his heroes, yes.
He is learning that newsworthy black men can be more than just an athlete, criminal, or very, very occasional superhero.

I struggle...I struggle trying very hard to pray for our leader, hold my head up high as a black woman and mother, and walk in love.

peace everyone


  1. This is a powerful post! I agree that we need not mention the other aspects of his heritage - that didn't seem to matter during those terrible times in history.

    I find that no matter who is in office they are a target. But I feel the hurt even more with Obama because it is a wonderful history changing time and I wish people would save their criticism for some real issues.

    I feel that he is someone my son can be inspired by as well even though we are a country away. I understand this post Gerri and what you are struggling with.

    Thank you for sharing these important thoughts!

  2. Thank you Gerri for a honest heart felt post. I agree wholeheartedly. and it made me ponder if I have been critical of the man and his positive advances for his life... and I'm not. Look, he is a wonderful husband, loving father, great role model, is following his dreams... this is to be commended, and I do...
    I do know I have had and continue to have issues with some of his policies and some of his proposals, BUT I have had them with former Pre Bush also... To me its not the person, but America is about challenging the issues, thats politics... anyway... again thank you for your insight... you make sense... Ps Karl

  3. Great post. I feel much the same. So many of my friends do not like his proposals and disagree with him on everything. I just choose to not get involved in political discussions. I don't think anyone can disagree that he is an amazing role model...and represents the ability to chase your dreams and make them come true. I believe he is a good man...but our country is in such a difficult time. Like every president faces, not all the people will like them! And that's OK. Don't take it personally ;)

  4. I'm nervous about those in our country who want to condemn, challenge and belittle our President. I believe in my heart that he is a good man who wants the best for our country. It is an amazing moment in our history with this groundbreaking presidency. I pray for our President each day. What a difficult position he is in.

  5. you have a beautiful heart Gerri, i completely agree that you have to seperate the man from his policies and not slander the man but speak against his policies. sometimes i believe it is hard for both sides to step back and see the two for what they are. he can be a good man, and still not be someone you want representing you. you have to recognize the reasons you don't want him representing you and base your oppinions on that, not on him as a person.
    every president is ridiculed and attacked, it is part of what they take on when they become president. i think that they prepare themselves for it, and expect it. it may not be right but it is reality. but at the same time that is one of the beauties of our nation we have the right to speak what we are thinking and feeling even if we are 100% wrong. i wouldn't trade for the other option where we can't ever voice our oppinions against our government without being imprisoned.

    great post!

  6. i celebrate this accomplishment with you for the sake of what you said, but am continually saddened by the missed opportunity of promoting 'bi-racialness', like seems disrepectful to the other race, being caucasion, and the mother and grandparents who raised him to refer to him as 'black' rather than 'bi-racial'...however, i can completely appreciate the fact that it happened and what a milestone for our nation it was...blessings...

  7. politics?, sometimes they can be crazy, race is still a very big issue in this country, I praise God people with not see black or white but the heart of men, but who ever is in the presidential office of this country will be slandered, most politicians are puppets now a days, by time the get to office they owe so many favors they are basically extensions of the corporate powers that placed them there,

  8. Gerri -- Our country should be very proud that we have "a man is of African descent" as president.

    It shows a remarkable change and has forever broken a barrier that existed. It is wonderful that you and your son get to experience this.

    On the other hand, any president who steps into the mess that exists in our nation today is going to struggle. There will be naysayers as well as supporters. And often the naysayers are sadly louder.

    You are doing the right thing...pray for him and be proud of him as we all should be:~)

  9. On the days when I get so discouraged at the things that are said about our President, the hatred that I some times hear, I try and remember that he is the only President that my children have ever known. That their first experience on politics was centered around going out and campaigning for him. That gives me some hope that the next generation will not carry the feelings that the current generation harbors.

  10. I found your blog through Kelly at My Voice, My View, and I'm glad I popped over to read this post.
    While I don't agree with the president's policies many times, I do see the great power that having a black man in office brings to many black children who, like you said, have not had heros to look up to unless they were athletes or superheros.
    Thank you for reminding me that when I don't agree with our president's policies, that I should just pray all the more for God to give him wisdom and knowledge and discernment to run our country. That is very important.

  11. I also found your blog, in a roundabout way through Kelly at My Voice, My View. I agree with all that you said. I always remind my Christian friends of Romans 13
    "Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves."

    Of course, I don't believe we don't have the right to express our opinion. Our Constitution gives us the right to do so, but in the long run, anyone in authority over us deserves the same respect we owe to God.

  12. This is so much how I feel. Although I do not agree with all of his stances, I am thankful, so very thankful that my son can grow up seeing a leader of his skin color. I think it is powerful and wonderful and I am thankful!

  13. This is so much how I feel. Although I do not agree with all of his stances, I am thankful, so very thankful that my son can grow up seeing a leader of his skin color. I think it is powerful and wonderful and I am thankful!


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