Obama is so P.C. (politically correct) he makes me think of Boris Johnson as a revolutionary.
I know – black people have no need to moan about racism anymore in this ‘post-racial’ world of ours. We have reached equal racial status now. Whether black, white, Asian or Jewish, none of us have to deal with the consequences of prejudism anymore. Why would we dare say anything different? Apart from the facts that black men are 26 times more likely to be stopped by UK police or that black and Asian people are the poorest in the UK or that someone named Leroy Chukwuemeka Patel might not find it as easy to get a job as John Smith, we have a black president in the US, now let’s shush.
Women have nothing to moan about either, in this post-feminist world of ours. Yet we do, we are just never happy are we? After all, do we really need to have equal pay for equal work, and what’s so wrong with being responsible for household, kids and a career? At least a few of us in some countries make it into parliament. Almost is good enough no?
Don’t get me started on homosexuals! Now they really need to shut up. Sure, they might not be entitled to the same civil liberties like the rest of us, but who needs marriage, or adoption, when you can be openly gay in Soho or on TV?
The worst group is Africans. I mean when should we stooop taaaaalking about slavery. It ended aaaaages ago. Colonialism and that whole divide-and-rule thing, too -that’s all over now! Western regimes have stopped exploiting the African continent! The only people still financially exploiting Africans are Africans themselves, well, and maybe the Chinese and Barclays Bank, but that’s it?
Then there’s those terrible stories of all those children dying in war zones like Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine. It’s tragic of course, but even their families probably realise that the war against terrorism is for a collective greater good.
Oopsy daisy, perhaps this post is about as P.C. as the foreign etiquette advice the British Tourism authority (Visit Britain) has issued as a behaviour guide for the 2012 Olympics, but truth is that whilst the world’s richest, most powerful countries are becoming increasingly right wing, with the recent example of the Tea Party aiding the Republicans to win the US mid-term elections, we simply cannot afford to be so P.C. anymore.
Returning to president Obama, who of course is the US president and not the world president as this post might imply. He’s had more global support than most other leaders, and although grassroots’ left views don’t have clout anymore, likely because cultural and social issues are small potatoes in comparison to financial issues, it was at least partially the ideologies of a grassroots’ left anti-war revolution that got Obama into the white house in the first place. Hell, he himself is a revolution. As such I feel that he has a responsibility to stop being so P.C., stand up and voice concerns of minorities.
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Hi! I’m Minna Salami. I’m a writer, blogger, columnist, lecturer and speaker and the founder of the feminist blog, MsAfropolitan, which connects feminism to contemporary culture from an Africa-centred perspective. I’ve been listed alongside Michelle Obama and Angelina Jolie as one of “twelve women changing the world” by ELLE and my work has been used as a resource and case study at universities around the world. Like what you just read? Sign up above to receive new posts directly in your inbox.