MUHAMMAD: Obama Now 'Another Brother'?

Askia Muhammad | 3/5/2014, 3 p.m.
President Barack Obama is in an unenviable position.
Christian Champagne, 18, a senior at Hyde Park Career Academy in Chicago, introduces President Obama during the launch of Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative in the East Room of the White House on Thursday, Feb. 27. Photo by Shevry Lassiter

President Obama has been a Black guy all along, long before he was elected president. He just had the occasion to grow up as the only Black person in a White household in practically race-neutral Hawaii, only really discovering his “Blackness,” his “African-ness” if you will, after he went off to Columbia University which is situated in New York’s Harlem, what was then “The Black Capital of the World.”

And the expression, “My Brother’s Keeper” is nothing new to the president’s vocabulary either. “It’s that fundamental belief – I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sisters’ keeper – that makes this country work. It’s what allows us to pursue our individual dreams, yet still come together as a single American family,” then U.S. Senate candidate Obama told the Democratic National Convention way back in 2004. “Yet even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes.

“Well, I say to them tonight … there’s not a Black America and White America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America.”

What a naïve “believer” Barack Obama was in those days. Now, 10 years later, he’s not so naïve as he used to be, he’s got a lot more gray hair, but apparently, he’s still a believer, a believer that people in the U.S. should be one another’s brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. Who else still believes that?