Spike Lee sat down with CNN’s Piers Morgan to discuss, among other things, President Obama. Although Lee made it clear that even though pundits always ask him to discuss race in America, that’s not all that he’s about. Lee even seemed a bit resentful of always being the one called on to speak on behalf of black people in America. Lee did, however, say that he is 100 percent in favor of Obama and will do whatever is necessary to ensure that Obama gets a second term. Lee said Obama will get to do whatever he wants when his second term rolls around.
Spike Lee also went on to say that many people are disappointed because they thought Obama would usher in a post racial era. Lee says he still doesn’t know what the term “post racial” actually means.
Lee’s comments echo the sentiment of many African-Americans who have been disappointed in President Obama’s first term, but hold out hope that he will do a better job if he gets reelected. For disaffected Obama supporters, President Obama’s lackluster support of a black agenda was strategic, meaning Obama wanted to do the right thing all along, but Republicans wouldn’t let him.
There was also initially some thought that black Christians would sit this election out because of their opposition to gay marriage, but with the only other option being a Romney-Ryan ticket, the African-American electorate is quickly realizing that they’re boxed in so far as their options are concerned.
Only one thing is for sure, if Obama is reelected, he will either disappoint a lot of black people or reaffirm the blind faith they put in him in 2008. It will be a long time before we know who is right and who is wrong on this front.