Martin, Malcolm, Mandela and Obama ¬- the Messiah Complex


In 2008 when Barack Obama became the first Black President of the United States, Black people the world over were filled with pride and new hope.  On the morning after his election victory, I like many others received this text message.

Rosa Parks sat,

so that Martin Luther King could walk,

so that Barack Obama could stand,

so that our children can fly.

When Obama became the first Black POTUS we believed that MLK’s vision had been realised.

If a Black man could become the most powerful man in the world we reasoned, then no ambition was off-limits to our children.  It wasn’t just ordinary Black folks getting excited.  Obama was awarded the Noble Peace Prize in 2009 when he was only a few months into the job.  Sadly, four years later, many are disappointed that Obama didn’t become the hero they had hoped for.  Here’s a comment I lifted…

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