This is a fresh, and likely accurate, view of Obama. Ikenga couples her knowledge of the complexities and history of the continent that is Africa with the mindset of Obama and his African family history. Very compelling and thought-provoking.
To me it also sheds light on how unlike most Americans Obama really is…namely how little he resembles the black Americans in this country. I have more thoughts on this after the excerpts.
Excerpts below….but read the entire piece at American Thinker.
Had Americans been able to stop obsessing over the color of Barack Obama’s skin and instead paid more attention to his cultural identity, maybe he would not be in the White House today. The key to understanding him lies with his identification with his father, and his adoption of a cultural and political mindset rooted in postcolonial Africa….
…The tropes of America’s racial history as a way of understanding all things black are useless in understanding the man who got his dreams from his father, a Kenyan exemplar of the African Colonial.
My friends, despite what CNN and the rest are telling you, Barack Obama is nothing more than an old school African Colonial who is on his way to turning this country into one of the developing nations that you learn about on the National Geographic Channel.Many conservative (East, West, South, North) African-Americans like myself — those of us who know our history — have seen this movie before. Here are two main reasons why many Americans allowed Obama to slip through the cracks despite all of his glaring inconsistencies:
First, Obama has been living on American soil for most of his adult life. Therefore, he has been able to masquerade as one who understands and believes in American democratic ideals. But he does not. Barack Obama is intrinsically undemocratic and as his presidency plays out, this will become more obvious. Second, and most importantly, too many Americans know very little about Africa. The one-size-fits-all understanding that many Americans (both black and white) continue to have of Africa might end up bringing dire consequences for this country.
and regarding what Ikenga dubs as the African Colonial (AC) and the African Colonial Politican (ACP):
The African colonial (AC) is a person who by means of their birth or lineage has a direct connection with Africa. However, unlike Africans like me, their worldviews have been largely shaped not by the indigenous beliefs of a specific African tribe but by the ideals of the European imperialism that overwhelmed and dominated Africa during the colonial period. AC’s have no real regard for their specific African traditions or histories. AC’s use aspects of their African culture as one would use pieces of costume jewelry: things of little or no value that can be thoughtlessly discarded when they become a negative distraction, or used on a whim to decorate oneself in order to seem exotic. (Hint: Obama’s Muslim heritage).
The African colonial politician (ACP) feigns repulsion towards the hegemonic paradigms of Western civilization. But at the same time, he is completely enamored of the trappings of its aristocracy or elite culture. The ACP blames and caricatures whitey to no end for all that has gone wrong in the world. He convinces the masses that various forms of African socialism are the best way for redressing the problems that European colonialism motivated in Africa. However, as opposed to really being a hard-core African Leftist who actually believes in something, the ACP uses socialist themes as a way to disguise his true ambitions: a complete power grab whereby the “will of the people” becomes completely irrelevant.
Barack Obama is all of the above. The only difference is that he is here playing (colonial) African politics as usual.
Also, understand this: the African colonial who is given too much political power can only become one thing: a despot.
Obama doesn’t understand much about the average African-American family in this country, nor has he ever come close to truly understanding the lives of their American ancestors. As this author points out, Obama doesn’t understand the first thing about America’s values/ideals…and, ever since he burst on to the scene, I’ve learned that Obama has very little in common with the average black American in this country, much less other America-loving citizens.
Of course, I know there are black and white Americans who believe in the Marxist view of the world and therefore adore Obama and his policies because of it. Many Americans have been forever living in the Democrat welfare Utopia — which, I will admit, keeps those Americans in a nice little dependent place that fits right into Obama’s plans for our country. They are a sure Democratic vote on election day.
However, in my mind, not much explains the average African-American’s adoration of Obama except that he is the first black President. His skin color is where the similarities end! Obama’s election as a black man is a momentous and a proud marker for our country, but his skin color is hardly a reason to elect, or continue to support, someone whose views and policies are so out of phase with the ideals and values Americans have fought and died for over the last 200-plus years.
Hopefully, Ikenga has helped us all understand that Obama doesn’t hold our ideals dear and why that is so. Obama’s world view is 180 degrees from the view that our founders had in laying out the ground work for the greatest country in the world….. and Obama’s formative years, family history and beliefs are not even close to those of the vast majority of Americans—black or white.
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