President Obama Category Archives
Historicizing “heroes” has proven to be a tricky business for black folk in America, that is, when we choose to undertake the endeavor at all. Oftentimes, our proclivity to re-imagine our icons is nothing more than a static idolatry that fails to account for the full complexity of the individuals we claim to acknowledge. We […]
While I was waiting to be interviewed on sister Janice Graham’s program, Our Common Ground this past Thursday, I became aware of an important speech that was being delivered half-way around the world. On June 4th, 2009 President Obama addressed Cairo University, in a self-proclaimed attempt to: Seek a new beginning between the United States […]
As the first 100 days of the Obama presidency draws nigh upon its superficial close, I am proactively processing the (in)significance of this arbitrary time marker for myself before the empire’s pundits attempt to convince me that the red punch is kool-aid. Undoubtedly, a Black (i.e. invested in the liberation and holistic being of black people) perspective will remain conspicuously absent while CNN continues to disseminate drivel as serious journalism. Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Soledad O’Brien (and other microphoned jesters masquerading as the informed) will conjecture ad nauseam about the implications of President Obama’s first 100 days in office. However, for the descendants of slaves, 100 days is a grossly inadequate window of time to hold President Obama accountable to. The gravity of 400 years of horrific suffering and systemically engineered genocide is a more fitting timeline to situate President Obama in. This is the timeline that black folk must consider if we desire to critically and accurately assess the meanings and merits of President Obama.
Here’s an image I would not have expected to see this time last year – Hugo Chavez dapping up the President of the United States. You can see very clearly that this is not a hand shake. President Obama’s palm connects with Chavez’ at a 45 degree angle with their fingers damn near wrapped around […]
President Barack Obama has been riding the coat-tails of his military/political victory over the so-called “scourge of the seas off the Horn of Africa” – but is the United States the real pirate? For those of you who have been watching CNN, MSNBC or Fox News, most of the coverage on the Somalian Piracy crisis […]
NY Post Makes Half-Hearted Apology for Contraversial Cartoon, Takes Dig at Al Sharpton, John Legend Weighs In… phew
I was intrigued after watching President Obama’s first speech to the joint session of Congress, last night. Not only by the President’s optimistic tone and ambitious agenda, but also by the ridiculous celebrity that he commanded. For a full 30 minutes after the address, he was signing autographs for floor member’s programs like he was […]