— observing an up and coming People
Could Black People Take Over America
In Just One Crazy Election Year?
But they could very well have overwhelmed the idea of “America” and “American” by sheer force of personality in popular and political culture over, say, the last 20 years.
That was the thesis of my 2002 book: American Skin-Pop Culture, Big Business And The End of White America. I didn’t predict Barack Obama would emerge from the revolution that began with the Michaels Jackson and Jordan in the 80’s and 90’s.
But I told you it meant that a tsunami of a paradigm shift was underway.
More, much more to come on this later.
Announcement: I’ve decided to start posting my other blog The American Race here first on Open Salon on a regular basis.
(I’ll figure out what this means on my other site later.)
This isn’t really a formal post, but I think the Super Bowl is as good a news hook as any for renewing a blog about who we are as a people.
Just watching the game, seeing Faith Hill hand off to Jennifer Hudson to knock out a truly soulful rendition of the otherwise unAmerican melody Star Spangled Banner (taken as it was from an English instead of our Irish folk music roots) it just hit me, again: it’s over.
Wherever you look up in these down days, you seem to be looking at black or non-white people leading by some kind of example.
Of course it’s more complicated. That’s why it took a whole book and a decade of my life. I haven’t dared to think about updating it; it was all I could do to keep picking my jaw off the floor from the day Obama entered the ring.
No, just some observations between chips, for now.
Oooohhhh: They just reincarnated the seminal "Hey Kid" Coke commercial from 1979 that featured the fearsome Steeler Joe "Mean Joe" Greene and a little blond kid of the generation that just elected Obama. I used that award winning, ad game changing commercial as the anchor for my chapter on what Generation Next was getting ready to bring.
I feel special!