Wednesday, April 9, 2008

AAOBS - A PsychoPolitcal Social Disorder

It seems that every day medical research identifies a new medical or psychological disorder. Over the past few years we learned about AADD (adult attention deficit disorder), Trichotillomainia (compulsive hair pulling) and, Restless Leg Syndrome. Now, a new disorder has emerged that is directly linked to the 2008 Democratic primary election campaign, that I'm calling AAOBS or African American Obama Blackmail Syndrome.

AAOBS is a condition that is characterized by the uncontrollable urge to accuse any person of African American heritage who is voting for Hillary Clinton of either betraying their racial heritage or betraying the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King.

AAOBS sufferers are exhibiting their emotional blackmail behavior via email, social network sites, blogs and even at their family dinner tables. Most persons exhibiting AAOBS do not realize that their behavior is a form of emotional blackmail. While many social, political and emotional factors contribute to AAOBS, it is my theory that one of the main triggers was a statement by Michelle Obama that "there will be no second run."

Ironically, many of the persons known to be currently suffering from this psycho-political disorder are persons who may have once referred to Bill Clinton as "the first Black President".

Unfortunately AAOBS is becoming so prevalent that it has given rise to another disorder which I'll refer to as AAHCS or African American Hillary Clinton Shame. As its name implies AAHCS is characterized by feelings of deep shame and guilt for supporting the candidacy of Hillary Clinton. It is much harder to estimate the number of AAHCS sufferers because many, after having been the targets of those suffering with AAOBS, are in the closet.

CNN recently reported on this new disorder:

At present there is no pill to treat either AAOBS or AAHCS. The only cure seems to be having sufferers come to the realization that when Dr. King stated that he dreamed of a day when all men ( and women) would be judged by the "content of their character" and not the color of their skin he really meant it. That door swings both ways. If the ONLY reason that anyone votes, or doesn't vote, for any person is their race then they are a racist.

Of course, this is a tongue in cheek look at a very real phenomenon. But if you can't name at least three political positions for which your candidate stands maybe you need to stop sending emails and take a break from the social networks to do a little reading.

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