A few days ago when President Obama held a press conference to announce that he made a deal with Republicans to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for two years, black callers took to the airwaves, via the Lincoln Ware radio show, to express their thoughts on that issue. Ware’s show airs in Cincinnati on 1230 am the Buzz from 10am to 2pm. The show can also be streamed at the buzzcincy.com
A few callers expressed their dissatisfaction with the President’s decision, but overall the callers showed that they were “thirsty” and willing to accept anything.
The word “thirsty” according to urbandictionary.com means one who is to eager to get something, desperate.
Some of the black callers desperateness to accept any crumbs that are thrown their way can be attributed to their familiarity with being taken advantage of by status quo Americans. Whether it’s a bad home loan, check cashing loan extortion, buying from rip-off rent to own stores, “pimp hand strong” buy-here, pay-here car lots, or the unfair criminal just-us system– most of us blacks are use to getting bad deals.
Many of us have been given a lifetime of bad deals, thus we wouldn’t know a good deal if it “pimp-slapped” us in the face.
Really, it came as no surprise to me that many took to the airwaves to express the support of the deal that President Obama made with the Republicans. A 13 month extension of unemployment benefits is crumbs. Compare the crumbs of the unemployment compensation extension, to the Bush tax breaks for the rich. An analyst on an MSNBC news show stated that money will need to be borrowed from China. He stated that our grandchildren will spend a lifetime trying to pay back, the two year extension of the Bush tax cuts.
Ralph Nadar a former candidate for the President of the United States recently pointed out on a cable news show, that there has not been a substantial increase in minimum wage since the 1960’s. Say what? Also, it seems few politicians, with the exception of Sen. Jim Webb (D) Virginia, care about criminal justice reform. Two important issues that impact communities of color, and poor communities.
Black and poor people have been deprived for so long that they easily jump at brown wilted carrots that are dangled in front of them. Clearly, the President isn’t use to being deprived, as he writes in his book, The Audacity of Hope, that his upbringing hardly typifies the experience of the black man in America.
I’m frustrated, but I ain’t “thirsty.” Nor am I ready to give up on our President. I still believe–Yes, we can! But I also refuse to eat a brown, wilted carrot.