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President Obama vs Professor West

Cornel West on the Ed Show: “I think my dear brother Barack Obama has a certain fear of free black men … When he meets an independent black brother, it is frightening. And that’s true for a white brother. When you get a white brother who meets a free, independent black man, they got to be mature to really embrace fully what the brother is saying to them.”

When President Obama was inaugurated in 2009, it appeared people of every background scrambled to attend what was to be a historic election and inauguration. Videos were shown of celebrating nations and more historically, civil rights leaders rejoiced as to what was being heralded as a “new era in politics.”

This of course has simmered down and criticism of the president has progressed. While politics is the name of every game our nation has taken a turn for a bleaker era. What was a voice of disagreement concerning policies has altered into criticism of the personal. Dr. Cornel West has recently become more vocal concerning the presidents “lack” of concern for the African American community. His criticism, while not new, illustrates a trend that fails to engage the president in policy but merely critical personal attacks.

Cornel West has made the following remark in the past, ““I couldn’t get a ticket [to the inauguration] with my mother and my brother. I said this is very strange. We drive into the hotel and the guy who picks up my bags from the hotel has a ticket to the inauguration… We had to watch the thing in the hotel.”

It should come as no surprise that Dr. West is a good friend of Tavis Smiley, a man that has made no alterations of his disdain for the president’s “snub” of him and his conference in 2007.

So the criticism of the president from black intellectuals is that he is not progressive enough. Not only is this completely unfounded but a blatant attempt to undermine the president. While the anger for the struggles of a community is respected we must first realize that the president is NOT the president of African Americans but the president of America.

My personal analysis is that the words that spew from the mouths of men such as West are not due to ideological differences, these feelings are due to bruised egos. Dr. West failed to offer a claim regarding the president’s policies merely his personal upbringing. If this is what leadership within our community offers I fear that we must look elsewhere.


May 19, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

How should we feel?

Unless you happen to live under a rock, you know by now that Osama Bin Laden has been killed by American Special Forces. The president informed the nation late Sunday evening of the demise of the world’s most elusive man.

What is still up for debate is the appropriateness of emotions. I have been bombarded with the following (via social networking sites): Pure outrage of the “celebrating” many Americans are currently exhibiting, sadness that Americans are even in fact “celebrating”, fear that this will be the beginning of the end for western civilization as we know it, anger that President Bush was not considered the actual hero, anger that the president is taking all the credit and not distributing it to the actual men/women responsible, and finally, outraged that this would surely eclipse the disaster relief efforts in the south.

It is first imperative that we put in perspective the seriousness of the situation. A very bad man was apprehended and assassinated. The importance of capturing/assassinating Bin Laden cannot be stressed enough due to the crimes in which he committed, the depth of his influence within Al Qaeda, and the symbolism of finally destroying a vestibule of terror.

What reaction would the naysayers permit others in having? Of COURSE people are happy due to what this symbolizes within a broader scale. Does violent beget more violence? Well, of course this is yet being debated and concrete evidence has yet to be produced. There is no evidence that Bin Laden would have gone into custody willingly, heck, he even used others for his bidding, even in his final hours on earth.

As for those that believe Bush should be given credit, this is not the blog for this sentiment. President Bush failed to capture Bin Laden and even discover those long forgotten WMDs. As far as President Obama taking the credit, I cannot eloquently write my disbelief at this. I have decided instead to attach the transcript as it cannot be altered.

Transcript: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/05/02/osama-bin-laden-dead

The emotions Americans feel at this point derive from the pain that we felt so many years ago on Sept. 11. The fear it seems has been replaced with joy. Not joy at the demise of a man, joy at what his life represented while he walked this earth. Of course terrorism can never be killed; it is an ideology that exists on the realm of all we know.

So before you write a status that reads, “How can we celebrate a death?!” Remember the nation that stood in utter disbelief as the Twin Towers fell, remember the innocent victims and more importantly, remember the feeling of hopelessness that has finally given way to a glimmer of hope.

May 2, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments