What it means to be black is a debate...

What it means to be black is a debate built upon limits

There are 32 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Oct 28, 2007, titled What it means to be black is a debate built upon limits. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

For all the talk about whether U.S. Sen. Barack Obama is "black enough" to win the support of African-American voters, one question that has barely been addressed is this: Just what does it mean to be black? To ...

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Let the church say AMAN

Naperville, IL

#21 Nov 3, 2007
I am so glad someone said it. Dr. Searcy said it perfectly. I say Aman and Aman again :-). I give this article five stars. Dr. Searcy you have my full support, go forward and continue to educate the masses.
Let the church say AMAN

Naperville, IL

#22 Nov 3, 2007
Great Article Dr. Searcy! It is what it is, the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the pure truth. Congrats and I hope to be reading more of your work in the future.
Say AMAN Somebody

Naperville, IL

#23 Nov 3, 2007
Great article Dr. Searcy. It is time our people face the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I see the makings of a book :-), but not until you finish educating the wonderful students at CSU.
AMAN Somebody

Naperville, IL

#24 Nov 3, 2007
Great article Searcy. It is about time the truth is spoken. I see the makings of a book, but not until you are finish educating the wonderful students of CSU.
LES

New Albany, IN

#25 Nov 3, 2007
MJH wrote:
I agree the article is poorly written, riddled with clich├ęs and stereotypes, and debates points no one is arguing (nobody cares how Condeleeza Rice speaks or dresses--she is simply incompetent, which I must admit I find somewhat embarrassing.)
The point the author misses is this: Does Barack Obama champion issues specific to the black community to the degree that will allow us to overlook his lack of experience and qualifications, and give him our support and our hopes that he will work effectively for our community. I will not just give him the benefit of the doubt because of the color of his skin. I could not overlook Clarence Thomas' lack of qualifications either, just because he was black.
Obama does not campaign as the black candidate--which is good. He is a reasonably intelligent, personable man and an effective speaker. However, if he were white, everyone would have dismissed him long ago. The insult is expecting us to support him just because he is black. That is not enough.
It gets a little tired reading about people browbeating the messenger. I am glad to hear there are people on this forum that will vote issues and not color. But let's face it- there will be people that will vote color. Some will never vote for a black man, no matter how qualified. Some will vote just because he is black. Others will feel they must because we have never had a black President. Don't blame the Tribune for the peculiarities of the American electorate. That is what makes it a story.
I am pissed

Westmont, IL

#26 Nov 4, 2007
It's amazing that the writer left out one of the more prevalent criteria for "being black," that being - hating whites, blaming whites, discriminating against whites, having no respect for whites, the English language, the law, so much to the point of condemning someone like Obama for not being "black enough" simply because he hasn't chosen a life of crime or irresponsibility and instead has acquired an education and has followed the laws, become a lawyer and is now campaigning for the Democratic presidential nominee.
Martha Bojan

Elmhurst, IL

#27 Nov 4, 2007
Dr. Searcy, How accurate, how necessary to say, and how sad that it is necessary. Perhaps some day, when all of the stereotypes are at last erased, what will finally be left will be each of us weighed individually based "not on the color of our skin, but on the content of our character." That is true identity ... and real equality.
Kennybeads

Elwood, IN

#28 Nov 6, 2007
Great points ...Prof. Searcy! I believe that being "black" has tremendous socio-economic overtones...I believe the dynamics in defining what is "black" would change if/when dark colored or those seen as black (ice tea) gain the upper hand economically! not as individuals but as a people...this ill of separation in our society... persists because none of us has fully accepted the fact yet that....people are people...regardless of your color!...America is still perpetuating lies about intellect, sex and work ethic to keep folks divided...and in the end...you are considered better only because you have the economic power...which enables you to flex your physically power...through weapons and the ultimate suppression of folks who are astectically different!
Sean

Seattle, WA

#29 Nov 8, 2007
Thank you, well written and well said. We need to wake up before we get trapped in this 'coma state that we are living in people!
Trisha Anderson

Minneapolis, MN

#30 Nov 14, 2007
This hits home, sky write it, PLEASE!
NATALIE P

Brooklyn, NY

#31 Nov 19, 2007
I AM SO HAPPY THAT SOMEONE HAS FINALLY ADDRESSED THIS PROBLEM THAT WE HAVE BEEN HAVING IN AMERICA FOR DECADES.
WE AS A PEOPLE AND AS NATION SHOULD TAKE THIS AND ENTER IT INTO OUR EVERYDAY LIVES. WE NEED TO TEACH OUR CHILDREN AND GENERATIONS TO COME THE THINGS THAT IS ADDRESSED. I AM SO PROUD OF THE PERSON THAT WROTE THIS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH THIS IS THE BEST READ THAT I HAVE HAD IN A VERY LONG TIME. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR GIVING THE PEOPLE AN UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT IT TRULY MEANS TO BE BLACK.

LOVING MY BLACK ALWAYS AND FOREVER NATALIEP
Muchene Xppression

AOL

#32 Dec 17, 2007
This was excellent. I agree 100% with this article. I think as a race of people we need to forcus on what a person is saying instead of what a person looks like. Is this not what we've been fighting for all our existence in these United States of America. Not to be judged by the color of our skins but the contents of our minds and hearts. When we will truly overcome?

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