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The Sale of the President

December 7, 2011

Everything's for sale, I got 5 passports I ain't never going to jail...

Okay, so it was just announced that former Illinois Governor, Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison for attempting so sell President Barack Obama’s vacated senate seat. Blagojevich proclaimed his innocence and to be quite honest, I never expected a conviction out of it. Illinois politics rank as one of the most corrupt in our nation and the politicians there are so “slippery when wet” or dry, so you can’t criticize my pessimism.

I sat back and thought about how Blagojevich wanted to sell the hard work of a black man. (I know, some of you may cry foul on this one.) But let’s think about it. This seat was only a junior seat in the U.S. Senate but it was highly coveted and a huge price tag was being placed on it because of its historical nature. Obama received widespread media attention, popularity and made history. The seat was now coveted.

Where my mind truly went was how he got convicted over trying to sell the recently vacated black seat. (Is that a stretch?) Imagine if convictions over selling slaves were rampant back then? Imagine if there were more Amistad cases? Imagine if we truly valued justice in respecting the hard work of other people? In my book, “Rebuilding the Black Infrastructure: Making America a Colorless Nation” I mentioned that in January of 2010 reported that ousted Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich made a statement regarding himself as being “blacker than Barack Obama.” His validation to this claim was because, as a child, he shined shoes, grew up in a five-room apartment, and his father owned a laundromat in the black community. He went on to refer to President Obama as “this guy,” claiming everything thing President Obama says is on a teleprompter.

Well guess what Blagojevich, I believe you are right. You are now blacker than Obama. Now you can really say it, and we should believe it! We must be careful what we proclaim. All you need now is your hair braided, a couple of tattoos and a download of Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin” in your iPod. You have now joined the ranks of the 1 in 3 black youth that can expect to be arrested and the 43% inmates that are black. You are now a convicted felon and will have served your bid. You should be proud to have now joined the ranks of the true inner city black person for “sales”. Sadly, you had to go to jail to prove your point.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Carla Mills-Tatum permalink
    December 8, 2011 1:26 pm

    Great Article !!

  2. January 6, 2012 4:11 pm

    The chicken came home to roost. Blago got into office claiming to clean up the Chicago “gangsta” style politics but was actually one of them. You keep playing your dirty games eventually it comes to light.

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