Thursday, November 4, 2010

Obama in Da Hood: Is it Parody or Pathology?

Baracka Flacka Flames – Head of the State

by Tom Burrell

A relatively new video, “Baracka Flacka Flames – Head of the State,” on YouTube has Barack and Michelle Obama look-a-likes chillin’ in da hood, smoking weed, eating barbecue and exhibiting just about every other stereotype assigned to black people throughout history.



This week, we launched the “Are You Brainwashed?” Quiz. It’s an on-line survey aimed at helping blacks analyze their individual levels race-based conditioning. Our primary goal in developing the quiz was to provide a new media resource that will help decode and decipher the onslaught of slick but damaging media messages even when its produced by black people.

In less than 10 days, the “Baracka Flacka” video has almost reached the one million viewer mark. Its viral rise in such a short time is a tragic indication of just how thoroughly blacks have been conditioned to accept, promote, laugh at and even defend damaging negative images and messages about themselves.

I’m not sure which is more disturbing the great number of folks who’ve watched the video or the overwhelming number who left comments defending it. Here’s a sample:

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