The inauguration symbolizes the peaceful transfer of power from one presidency to the next, but this year was much bigger than the power switch. This year was bigger than Joe Biden. It was even bigger than the removal of Agent Orange.
*Queue a DJ D Nice mix of Black women empowerment songs*
We witnessed the swearing-in of the first woman, first Black woman, and first South Asian woman as Vice President. Black women, Black men, allies, and co-conspirators alike carved out time in their day to embrace history.
I just need to know one thing… Who invited Garth? The country megastar showed up to Kamala’s cookout with unseasoned potato salad. Garth Brooks was tasked with singing the middle school talent show classic, “Amazing Grace”. After he was introduced, Garth walked down the aisle with his 2x Grammy award-winning white privilege and sang the best raisin speckled potato salad rendition of the old negro spiritual he could muster. Garth has a good country voice and is no stranger to inaugural ceremonies. He sang at Barack Obama’s first inaugural ceremony. However, in the wake of mass national protests, a pandemic that has claimed over 400,000 lives and revoked more than 3 million jobs, you’d think they would leave Amazing Grace to someone with a little more soul. I vote for Fantasia. They could have also let H.E.R get up there with her guitar. Jennifer Hudson can sing to the heavens (I wonder where she’s been), and there are plenty of other Black singers (both women and men) that could have blessed us with a performance.
I’m sure there was some behind the scenes “unity” politics being played. I’m selfish, I thought the inauguration should have been Black AF. It should have starred Black women and featured Black women with a cameo by Black men because Black people voted Biden in. He probably would not have made it without Kamala on the ticket. But I digress.
Lady Gaga and Garth did their job and sang their songs, I commend them for their efforts. They could have been Fergie at the 2018 NBA All-Star game. This inauguration was good, Andrea Hall was the first Black woman to serve as fire captain of Fulton County Fire Rescue and the first Black woman to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the inauguration, oh yeah, she also used sign language. Amanda Gorman, the United States’ first-ever youth poet laureate, recited her poem “The Hill We Climb”. History, Black History, and Black excellence were in abundance yesterday. I enjoyed the inauguration, it just could have been… Blacker. Bye Garth, respectfully.