Barack Obama, first president to come of age in hip-hop era

There are 30 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Nov 7, 2008, titled Barack Obama, first president to come of age in hip-hop era. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Barack Obama was in his last year of high school in 1979 when hip-hop broke out of the ghettos of New York on its way to becoming a national phenomenon.

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underground rap

United States

#1 Nov 9, 2008
all I can say is WOW still taking it all in

http://www.rapmonster.com/lildee
truthurts

United States

#2 Nov 9, 2008
There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs-partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.
>Booker T. Washington
My Opinion

Mount Prospect, IL

#3 Nov 9, 2008
Yes, when a black man is the President of the United States, those who continually whine about whitey keeping the black man down will finally have to face the fact that it's time to shut up about it.
yomomma

Omaha, NE

#4 Nov 9, 2008
I just feel that racism will never end if all we focus on is "the first african american" to do this or to do that. We need to focus on the person and not the color. This article only keeps the "color of a man's skin" issue alive.
dobbsfox

Chicago, IL

#5 Nov 9, 2008
As a vehicle of social change and commentary, today's hip-hop is irrelevant. Most of it is a 21st century minstrel show, a marketing tool for white fantasies about Black People.

The "Black CNN" stuff was true for about five minutes. Record labels don't want trouble. They just want guns and bling.
Chris

United States

#6 Nov 9, 2008
Hey Kot, another good piece, as expected. I teach History at an all-black high school, and will be referring to this piece in our lessons this week.

Also, keep putting Dero in his place.
Racism isnt dead

Lake In The Hills, IL

#7 Nov 9, 2008
Obama/Biden vs McCain/Palin, what if things were switched around?..... think about it.
Would the country's collective point of view be different?(10/8/08)
Ponder the following:
What if the Obamas had paraded five children across the stage, including a three month old infant and an unwed, pregnant teenage daughter?
What if Barack Obama had finished fifth from the bottom of his graduating class , like John McCain did, instead of being selected as President of the Harvard Law Review?
What if McCain had only married once , and Obama was a divorcee?
What if Obama was the candidate who screwed around on and then left his first wife because she'd been in a severe disfiguring car accident, and she no longer measured up to his standards?
What if Obama had met his second wife in a bar and had a months-long affair while he was still married ?
What if Michelle Obama was the wife who not only became addicted to pain killers but also acquired them illegally through her charitable organization and initially lied about it?
What if Obama had been a member of the Keating Five?
(The Keating Five were five United States Senators accused of corruption in 1989, igniting a major political scandal as part of the larger Savings and Loan crisis of the late 1980's-90's which cost taxpayers over $3 billion in investments and bailout. McCain was one of those corrupt senators.)
What if McCain was a charismatic, eloquent speaker?(wha'?)
What if Obama couldn't read from a teleprompter?
What if Obama was the one who had military education/experience that included many discipline problems and a record of crashing four planes ?
What if Obama was the one who was known to display publicly, on many occasions, a serious anger management problem ?
What if Michelle Obama's family had made their money from beer distribution and been convicted of felonies for associating with organized crime figures and corruption ?
What if the Obamas had adopted a white child ?
You could easily add to this list. If these questions reflected reality, do you really believe the election numbers would be as close as they are?
This is what racism does . It covers up, rationalizes and minimizes positive qualities in one candidate and emphasizes negative qualities in another when there is a color difference.
Educational Background :
Barack Obama :
Columbia University - B.A., Political Science with a Specialization in International Relations.
Harvard Law School - Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum Laude, first black ever elected to be President of The Harvard Law Review
Joseph Biden:
University of Delaware - B.A. in History; and B.A. in Political Science.
Syracuse University College of Law - Juris Doctor (J.D.)
vs.
John McCain :
United States Naval Academy - Class rank: 894 of 899
Sarah Palin:
Hawaii Pacific University - 1 semester
North Idaho College - 2 semesters - general study
University of Idaho - 2 semesters - journalism
Matanuska-Susitna College - 1 semester
University of Idaho - 3 semesters - B.A. in Journalism
Education isn't everything, but this is about the two highest offices in the land as well as our standing in the world. You make the call.
Maredith

Chicago, IL

#8 Nov 9, 2008
All this about Obama breaking barriers. How about Joe Biden becoming the FIRST Roman Catholic to be vice president? Isn't that worthy of at least a mention somewhere in the major media?
The media couldn't wait to trash Romney's Mormon roots or Sarah Palin's evangelical connections. But the Biden story is positive. How come no focus on it?
Derrick

Chicago, IL

#9 Nov 9, 2008
For "racism," who cites the education of presidential candidates. Are you saying that because Harry Truman never attended college that he was a failure? Or that Lyndon Johnson, because he graduated from a small teachers college in Texas was less able than a Harvard grad? Or that FDR was a law school drop-out that he couldn't perform as president? You say that education isn't everything. Apparently not, so why the knock on McCain and Palin? Your guy won so why not celebrate it instead of carrying on the vicousness that marked so many of the Obama supporters.
Spanky

Chicago, IL

#13 Nov 9, 2008
So the "N" word is used "a little too much"? And didn't you love the fact Obama is there to personally say whichrapper he likes, but when it's time to make a critcal comment, it's his handlers.
Stand up and grow a pair BO
Reality

Glen Ellyn, IL

#14 Nov 9, 2008
After the economy is on track (no more bailouts), the "wars" are under control (we're not spending billions), and unemployment is under 2% Obama can work on "what's wrong about hip hop". Until then, it doesn't matter.

Since: Nov 08

Las Vegas, NV

#15 Nov 9, 2008
I'm not black, and I voted for Obama not because of his skin color, but the power of his words and the issues that matter to me....why did you vote?
Chicago Yikes

Chicago, IL

#17 Nov 9, 2008
Derrick wrote:
For "racism," who cites the education of presidential candidates. Are you saying that because Harry Truman never attended college that he was a failure? Or that Lyndon Johnson, because he graduated from a small teachers college in Texas was less able than a Harvard grad? Or that FDR was a law school drop-out that he couldn't perform as president? You say that education isn't everything. Apparently not, so why the knock on McCain and Palin? Your guy won so why not celebrate it instead of carrying on the vicousness that marked so many of the Obama supporters.
visciousness? did you really say that in reference to Obama supporters? Having been at the Denver and Grant Park rallies, I'd have to say not only is that a false statement, but utterly ridiculous.
It's the right wing republican wack jobs, spewing this racism, viciousness, and hatred.
both events i attended, were peaceful, loving, and positive. nothing like a redneck republican douche bag rally
jeff

La Grange, IL

#18 Nov 9, 2008
no chance...this country is too stupid to change..gimme gimme gimme..til the bond market goes apesheeeeet. iceland is our future
hip hop brainless pimps

Chicago, IL

#19 Nov 10, 2008
Nothing is going to change out there, lifestyle entertainment will be more exaggerated.
Obam a rama

Chicago, IL

#20 Nov 10, 2008
Get your groove on you OBama backers cus it's gonna be a bumpy ride from here on out.
beba

Frederick, MD

#21 Nov 10, 2008
My Opinion wrote:
Yes, when a black man is the President of the United States, those who continually whine about whitey keeping the black man down will finally have to face the fact that it's time to shut up about it.
Agree on that! Soon there will be no reason to label anyone a Minority - we are already too diverse a country and world for that be relevant.

On hip-hop - I love the beat and sense of poetry, but hate the choice of words. So demeaning and hateful.
lemmings and sheep

Elgin, IL

#22 Nov 10, 2008
He da man, cool breeze!
Crack Barry

Wheaton, IL

#23 Nov 10, 2008
BO waqs elected because of his quasi-blackness. Some pencil necked white dweeb spewing his crud would have been dumped on his ear. Don't give the race don't matter cramps. Hip Hop does not matter. Nor does the black economy. Russell Simmons kiss my lilly white behind.

“Thank you, come again!”

Since: Dec 07

Chi Town

#24 Nov 10, 2008
For once I have to agree with Simmons. Obama's victory is not going to being the catalyst that will put an end to ignorance in hip hop. Unfortunately that's an entirely different beast and it will have to be slayed by other means.

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