After the election

(Not explicitly about language.)

From Max Vasilatos yesterday, written on the occasion of the U.S. election returns earlier this week, a postcard with a sweet and sexy Howard Roffman photo, which I have amended with a headline and rainbow flag stickers in honor of the pro-gay-rights youth vote:

This followed on Kathryn Campbell-Kibler’s posting on Facebook about another of Obama’s constituencies:

Is it actually possible to get tired of saying “My president is Black”?
I know this is so 4 years/3 days ago,
but seriously, y’all, MY PRESIDENT IS BLACK.

Kcat is quoting from Young Jeezy’s rap anthem from the 2008 campaign, “My President”:

My President” is the fourth official single from rapper Young Jeezy’s third studio album, The Recession. The song also features rapper Nas and is produced by Tha Bizness… Jeezy and Nas recorded the song on the day Barack Obama clinched the Democratic nomination for the Presidency. (link)

Lyrics, from this source, for the chorus (other versions in remixes):

Yeah Be The Realest Shit I Never Wrote
I Aint Write This Shit By The Way Nigga
Some Real Shit Right Here Nigga
This Will Be The Realest Shit You Ever Quote
Lets Go!

My President Is Black My Lambo’s Blue
And I Be God Damn If My Rims Aint Too
My Momma Aint At Home & Daddy Still In Jail
Tryna Make A Plate Anybody Seen The Scale
Lets Go!

My President Is Black My Lambo’s Blue
And I Be God Damn If My Rims Aint Too
My Money’s Light Green And My Jordans Light Grey
And They Love To See White Now How Much You Tryna Pay
Lets Go!

A video:

On Young Jeezy:

Jay Wayne Jenkins (born October 12, 1977), better known by his stage name Young Jeezy, is an American rapper. He is a member of the hip hop group United Streets Dopeboyz of America (USDA) and a former member of BMF (Black Mafia Family). He began his career in 2001 under an independent label and joined Boyz ‘N Da Hood in 2005, the same year his solo major label debut Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101 was released. (link)

Now Jeezy has brought things up to date:

When Barack Obama became the first black president of the United States in 2008, Young Jeezy celebrated the victory with  his anthem “My President.” Four years later, with the president set to serve a second term in the White House, Jeezy is prepared with a new single and video, “We Done It Again.” (link)

The chorus (not entirely accurate phonologically in this transcription):

This for every ghetto in the world
Every little boy, little girl
I don’t know you but I feel your pain
So for real I’m making it rain
We waiting on a savior, maybe Barack
Cop a new drop head that’s missing the top
It’s us against the world, we playing to win
We done it again

The official video:

Meanwhile, the media are full of accounts of Obama’s strengths among groups other than older white evangelical married straight men. It’s not just lgbt, young, and black Americans, but also women, Hispanics, Asians, the religiously non-affiliated, and unmarried people. In particular,

Christian conservatives, for more than two decades a pivotal force in American politics, are grappling with Election Day results that repudiated their influence and suggested that the cultural tide — especially on gay issues — has shifted against them. (Laurie Goodstein, “Christian Right Failed to Sway Voters on gay issues”, in today’s NYT, here)

Social programs, affirmative action, same-sex marriage, abortion, immigration policies, voting rights, and the role of religion in American life — all these matters (and more) figure in the results of Tuesday’s elections.

 

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