IN WHICH A YANKEE IMPERIALIST IS UNABLE TO RESIST THE CHARMS OF BARACK OBAMA.
This post, which had taken a certain amount of work and thought, got too baroque. I was trying therefore to break it into three posts. In the process of that I destroyed it, and it is the weekend, and there are things I want to do IRL, so despite all the interesting perceptions and links I could recover, we will just unapologetically dance and sing.
I am voting Democratic this November, without claiming it is a solution.
MUNDO, MUNDO, VASTO MUNDO,
SE EU ME CHAMASSE RAIMUNDO,
SERIA UMA RIMA, NÃO SERIA UMA SOLUCÃO.
(World, world, vast world, if my name were Burl, it would be a rhyme, it would not be a solution. –Manuel Bandeira.)
Amusing news from the last post was on the popularity of Barack Obama in Brazil. I noted that the Afro-Brazilian admiration of Barack for “overcoming racism” is a common trope there: the Afro-types are the ones who must overcome it by proving their worthiness.
Amazing contortions were made by me to justify voting for Obama despite his conservatism. I know everything that is wrong with him – it is just that McCain is so much worse – he really is.
I also discussed the ways in which ABUSIVE speech is used by white Brazilian elites to disable critiques of race hierarchies and racist behavior there. Abusers always start out by saying a version of:
I know who you are and what you think, or what your motivations are – or what they must be, based on the category in which I have placed you and meaning I have assigned it. I know you are deficient and need my help. Your disbelief in this only proves me right.
The post was interesting but too involved, and I spent too much time playing with it, and I am not willing to reconstruct it. These were the key points and perhaps in this form they are clearer.