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Barack Obama: From Mulatto Pride to Krishna Consciousness

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

Namaste: In light of Illinois Democratic Senator Barack Obama’s surprising victory in the Iowa caucuses, his close second place finish in the New Hampshire primary and his huge triumph in South Carolina, please allow me to provide you with a couple of references to the Presidential hopeful that you will find in my book “The Bhagavad-gita in Black and White: From Mulatto Pride to Krishna Consciousness” (Backintyme Publishing).


Introduction

Others argue that it is detrimental to skip the census race question for the simple reason that if people of, say, multiracial ancestry don’t fill out the question, we won’t know how many mixed-race people there are in the U.S.

This is the argument positing that the “statistics would be more accurate if everyone filled out all of the information honestly on their census forms.” Actually, those deciding to opt out of the politics of racial identity will form a virtual community of individuals identifying more with humanity and their innate spirituality. To these folk it would be terribly dishonest, not to mention inaccurate, for them to continue identifying racially — particularly when their individual levels of consciousness are elevated far beyond that mundane platform.

Those desiring to opt out of the system should be able to, while those choosing to maintain that degraded level of consciousness, wherein one must always identify with the body and with racial designations, should be able to do that as well. Regarding the latter, if Illinois Senator and possible 2008 White House hopeful Barack Obama — who many tout as perhaps this country’s first black president, his white mom notwithstanding — chooses to identify as black in order to boost this country’s minority pride or bodily pridemebeli movement, that is his right.


Chapter Twelve: Devotional ServiceYoung blacks in particular who can’t fathom the measurable gains accomplished since Brown v. Board of Education seem most vulnerable to the separatist ideology of Farrakhan and the Nation. Jesse Jackson and older blacks who’ve been through the struggle and who know well the tremendous gains that have been made should be ashamed of themselves for having participated in the “Million Man March.” Jackson, unfortunately, has become a pathetic figure whose political star has twice been eclipsed in recent years. He knows that if America will at last have a nonwhite President, it will likely be a retired four-star general named Powell (or a mulatto named Obama) and not a ’60s-era civil rights leader who can only speak in irritating rhyme. Jackson also has seen Farrakhan cash in his IOU for having come to Jesse’s defense in 1984. Farrakhan defended Jackson’s reference to Jews as “Hymies” and to New York as “Hymie town” by calling Zionism a “dirty” religion, by accusing Jewish groups of being behind death threats made against Jackson and by threatening holy revenge if harm came to Jackson. Jesse had to come to Washington for “Million Man” to pay off his debt.


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Om Namo Bhagavate VasudevayaCharles Michael Byrd
Charukrishna