The SOTU made a lot of noise on twitter last night, especially King Obama’s one-liners. I’m not gonna lie I meant to watch it but I don’t have cable in the crib & I was too tired to drive to a friend’s house, so im gonna focus more on Twitter’s reaction than the actual speech.
It has been interesting for me to see the shift of perspectives on President Obama’s presidency over the years, and this was also present last night as Twitter watched the SOTU. Many people felt disappointed that our President did not address the growing racial tensions in this country. A lot of “Black Twitter” wanted to hear him explicitly say “Black Lives Matter”, and were disappointed in the speech.
I feel them on that. It would be dope if we lived in a world where “black issues” were considered human issues as well. I don’t really understand the whole ‘he’s the president, not the ‘Black People President’” train of thought. Like, why do our issues matter less than issues that affect mostly white people’s?
However, unfortunately we don’t live in that world, so I understand our presidents choice to take the more “safe” route. I also don’t think that’s something he “had” to do, as he doesn’t have to fight for re-election anymore. I saw both perspectives on Twitter last night.
I’ve been on Black Twitter since I was fifteen years old, so I kind of know what to expect by now. The reactions didn’t really surprise me that much. I kinda knew people were gonna find what’s “#problematic” and just in general not be pleased. Not to say that these concerns aren’t warranted, they’re just also….expected. What I will say is that I saw a few people saying that King Obama made it cool to watch the SOTU, which I haven’t seen before.
I just hope next year I have some cable!