Trayvon Inspired Obama to Act Like the First Black President
By Raynard Jackson
Columnist Raynard Jackson wrote an interesting article published on the Atlanta Daily World blog. In that article Mr. Jackson writes:
In 2004, at the Democratic National Committee’s presidential convention, I was mesmerized by Barack Obama, a little known state senator from Illinois. He electrified the convention and created a global buzz among those who watched on TV. In 2006, I was proud to see him elected to the U.S. Senate from Illinois.
In 2008, I was even more proud to see a Black man elected to be president of the United States. Americans throughout the U.S. celebrated this historic accomplishment. This was one of America’s best moments.
In 2013, I am most proud that the first Black president finally seemed to find his voice before the American people on an issue that was of particular concern to the Black community. After more than four years in the White House, President Obama finally spoke to America and directly to Black America simultaneously.
For the first time, Obama did not lecture or speak down to Blacks. He spoke as one of us. He spoke from his heart to our hearts, to my heart.
He did not give a speech, for that would have been cynical and would have fallen flat. He simply exposed his soul to us; but he also allowed us to penetrate the veil that he had erected that prevented him from connecting with his own people. For the first time, he actually showed an emotional connection to the plight of Blacks in this country.
Lord knows, in my columns, I have been one of his biggest critics of how he interacts with the Black community. I would be nothing short of a hypocrite not to praise him for speaking directly to the American people in the aftermath of the Zimmerman trial, especially in a way that connected to Black Americans.
Raynard Jackson is president & CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC., a Washington, D.C.-based public relations/government affairs firm. He can be reached through his Web site, www.raynardjackson.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at raynard1223.