Wow who would have thought that the President of the USA would have made such an insightful and rightfully so a video message for Ramadan, one of the holiest of holidays in the Muslim World. Muslim Americans are a growing and diverse population of this nation. Besides there are Billions of Muslims in the world towards whom, we Americans have not being kind post September 11, 2001. It is due time to set a tone of atonement for past mistakes and forge henceforth a respectful and dignified relationship with Muslims of this world. In Barak Obama, I believe, we not only stand a chance but have the perfect man in the leadership.
Bravo Professor President Obama…
First Oprah teaches Americans to pick up a book and read. Now our president is the Professor in Chief. From his rudimentary speech on race in the wake of Jeremiah Wright episodes during the presidenticial campaign of 2008 to his Inaugural Address last February 20, 2009, this president strives in tapping and inspiring the best in our heart and inciting our intellectual prowess and capacity to be better.
And I love it!
He frustrates the heck out me in his pragmatic and even-keel ways. I wish he could be a disciplinarian when circumstances call for and set straight those whose agenda is to see him fails. That being said, I still thank the heavens for him in the wake for the last regime that played on and benefited from the worse of fears and barbaric ways.
wa Alaykum as Salaam!
It has just dawned on me that President Obama, who is visibly Black as the First USA President, does not carry a name like Jefferson, Jackson, Johnson, Washington etc. To simply put a White Slave Master’s Name.
It was weird how out of nowhere this string of thought pop up in my head. I found it a bit fascinating and tried to wrap my brain around this light bulb that just turned on. So I decided to process in hope of finding a meaning in this idea.
All can think of is that how our names were beating out us a la Kunta Kinte during slavery. How we were branded, killed and terrorized badly enough so we forget our Names. The trauma suffered, hunt us still to this very day. And God knows how much many of us have struggled to overcome this stigma. The sense of being nameless and lost hence belong to no one and nothing.
Many who were intuitive enough to sense what was waiting on the other side of the Atlantic chose their fate and willingly jumped, others starved themselves to death taken with them their Name. Intact.
I may be over dramatic about this and making a big deal out of nothing but I could not help but find the irony and yet another profound meaning in the presidency of Barak Hussein Obama. The leader of the free world and yes he is Black.
This is an event that most had thought they would never live to witness and yet it is here and not only there is Black President in the White House, his name is OBAMA, an AFRICAN NAME. How Wonderful is that?