It seems like every time a Black person criticizes Pres. Obama, a thousand people jump on their back like Huey Freeman! Cornel West and Lupe Fiasco are the most recent examples. The strange thing is that as soon as someone attack President Obama, the Black media jumps up to tell us why the person leading the charge is out of touch and doesn’t represent the views of Black people. The problem that I have is the lack of critique within the community. You cannot fully support someone if that someone without being able to give critique. Blind support is like blind faith in the sense that it is disingenuous. The campaign is over people. Being Black while also being critical of the President’s policies does not necessarily mean that you have switched camps. It doesn’t mean you are a card holding member of the Tea Party. Being Black and being critical of the President’s policies could also mean that you are using your brain and not being another blind sheep. When the Black community is intellectually dishonest we lose our voice. If we only support Black people because they are Black, then we as a people have become largely predictable.
To add further context I think it’s important to remember that Black people have made significant advancement in the U.S. over the last 60 years due to our solidarity and ability to support each other even if they didn’t agree on everything. However, this is perhaps also the reason why criminals, corrupt politicians, corrupt preachers , dictators and the like have exploited the this relationship to shield them from the consequences of their indiscretions. My point is not that President Obama is in this category but my point is that you can support a politician without the bumper stickers and the rose colored glasses. Of course there is the argument that President Obama is doing the best he can and that one president cannot change the whole structure of the American government. However it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t push for more. Corporate powers and lobbyist are pushing and so should we.
Some will say that what Lupe Fiasco did by calling Pres. Obama “the biggest terrorist in the United States of America” went beyond a critique. But the same charge has been made at most presidents of the last 20 years due to the military industrial complex without much of a stir in the Black community. Lupe shared theses same sentiments on the song “Words I Never Say” but this time he went a little harder with the biggest terrorist jab. Obviously whenever you label anyone a terrorist, it changes the tone of the rhetoric. Cornel West opened his mouth like Kanye West, and the room fell silent. Calling the President a “Black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a Black puppet of corporate plutocrats.” Shots fired. With West there is clearly a personal history but still I disagree with appears to be a knee jerk reaction on the part of the Black media. My issue is that as soon as that happened you had Black heads popping up everywhere saying he was old, out of touch and basically that Obama has full support of the Black Community. Like there is a fear in dissent. My thing is let people speak, don’t try to drown out their dissent in with more noise.
I could be wrong. What say you? This is what O’Reilly had to say…