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Donna Brazile to meet with Cornel West about Obama‏ (772 hits)

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World – Scholarship in Action

The black political grapevine recently informed me that respected political strategist Donna Brazile plans to meet with Professor Cornel West at Princeton University. The meeting was apparently arranged in response to the “moral outrage” that West has expressed toward the Obama Administration over recent weeks. The disappointment came to a head during a highly-publicized feud between Prof. West and Rev. Al Sharpton on MSNBC.

Dr. West’s outspoken demeanor couldn’t come at a worse time for President Obama and his party. As the Democrats work to smooth talk their way out of a year of tone deaf behavior toward a suffering African American community, West comes in as one of a small number of major black public figures willing to rain on the presidential party.

There is a large part of my psyche that appreciates Professor West’s willingness to speak honestly on African American suffering. Politicians in Washington seem to behave as if racial discrimination doesn’t exist, and there is almost no consideration for the fact that people of color suffer more than nearly anyone else as it pertains to our treatment in our economic, educational and criminal justice systems. I know Dr. West to be a righteous man of tremendous integrity, so his critiques should be taken seriously.

The other side of me hopes that Dr. West’s cozy relationship with noted Obama-hater Tavis Smiley isn’t tainting his perspective. While Smiley has been quiet as of late, his silence may be driven by the fact that he’s lost a great deal of credibility in his critiques of the president. Also, there isn’t much that Tavis needs to say, now that Cornel West is doing enough talking for the both of them. The truth is that there is almost nothing that President Obama could do that would satisfy Smiley, since they are deeply-entrenched political enemies. Given that West has begun to sound a lot like Tavis, one has to wonder how far the apple has fallen from the political tree.

My other quiet hope is that the dialogue between West and Brazile is a two-day conversation and free exchange of ideas. I expect that the seriousness with which West has challenged the Obama Administration dictates that this highly-intelligent scholar can’t be convinced to simply change his mind about the Democrats. I also hope that the conversation is not full of empty political promises designed to appease West and protect the tremendous loyalty black voters have to the Democratic party. Brazile needs to listen to West and the Democrats need to respect his comments about the need for an adequate response to the Great Black Depression being experienced as we speak.

The simple problem for Dr. West and the African American community is simple: Black people are unemployed, incarcerated and miseducated more than any other group in America. Having a black president has not helped as much as some hoped, further reducing the black incentive to support any political party. Unless the Democrats can show an ability and willingness to help alleviate some of the challenges of being black in America, it is difficult to get excited about any political candidate.

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Sunday, April 24th 2011 at 11:06AM
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Correct me if I am wrong but I don't recall Obama saying during the 2008 campaign that he would be a "black president" and all that entails. Rev. Wright was thrown under the bus because he was "too black" and too "Wright" and candidate Obama could not be tainted with such level of blackness, lest he piss off whites and lose the election. That was the calculation.

West assumes that because he is black that Obama would take to heart the assumption that he should do specific things targeted specifically for black people, a loyal but long suffering constituency of the democratic party that deserves some "holla-back" regardless of the race of the president, after decades of neglect by the democrats. For West and Tavis to clown now basically tips their hand: because Obama is black they expect him to be a "black president" and do for black people in that stereotypical way that "race" demands. Obama, on the other hand, is being counseled that he cannot go that route and be successful politically.

I say let Obama be judged on his record like any other president, and not his "race."

Sunday, April 24th 2011 at 10:33PM
Dr. West is a product of affirmative action, paganChristians wanting someone that looks like AlHajAbdulMaleek AsShabazz but loves jesus

smileyMouth is a martin luther king, paganChristian Product

their words against Our President and Leader Baraka Hussein Obama have as much significance as the words of sarahPalin or donaldTrump

keep those glenBeckers in the negroChurch.


Saturday, May 7th 2011 at 7:49AM
powell robert
...and, how faithfully did we follow Tavis Smiley's regular Black Town Halls on C-span all of these ?!?...and town halls of the sort only seen twice on Lady O's prudctions on any TV networks?????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??...

Oh, and why he was fired for his resistance to what the first Black network was trying to turn him into as a part of why eventhough they tried to pay Michael Jordan every thing plus the kitchen sink to get he to allow them to use and abuse him like this, M.J. refused to do so????????????? (NUP)
Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
...Personally, "I" doubt if there are a great, great # of Blacks not able to teach you about whay you missed on the comedy tv programs whichis the only place we are allowed to S-T-A-R...lets not leave this out as we blame our first Black president as Tv has been around long before he was born or maybe even before his parents were born!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (NUP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

OH, AND HOW REGULAR DO YOU VOTE...LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL WHAT ABOUT A TOWN COUNCAL MEETING, SCHOOL BOARD, OR JUST GONE TO YOURLOCAL SCHOOL AND FIND OUT WHAT'S GOING ON THERE...POLICE STATION, FIRE STATION...A LETTER TO YOUR PAPER'S EDITOR, THE PEOPLE YOU DID / DIDNOT VOTE FOR,ECT.????????????????????????????? (NUP)

and, if no one has guessed it yet, I am hot as a pistol right now...remember those three fingers pointing back at us???????????????????....................................

and Anita, thanks so much for this wonderful and important blog , helps get D.T. of my mind for a while.looooool (smile)
Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
@Clark, you are so right, I get so tired of people acting like our president is a dictator who sent all of the middle-class jobs out of the country...the man is only doing what the frist law of nature has us all born with...THE NEED TO SURVIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LIKE HE IS SUPPOSE TO DO IN 2 YEARS THE DAMAGES DOEN IN 400YEARS TAHT WE ARE STILL WAITING FO RANYONE BUT US TO DO SOMETING ABOUT IT...HELL HOW DID DR. WEST NOT GO TO JAIL, TAVIS NOT IN PRISON...AND IF THIS WAS NOT A N-E-G-A-T-I-V-E WOULD WE BE TALKING ABOUT IT AT ALL?????????????????????...

THAT IS WHAT GETS TO ME MORE THEN ANYTHING....MS. BRAZILL IS A REGULAR ON CNN ANY BLOGS ABOUT HER BEFORE THIS ON OUR SITE??????????????????? SHE HAS TALKED A LOT ABOUT HER HOME TOWN THAT WAS HIT BY KATRINA...ANY BLOGS ON HER WORKS IN HELPING, HELPING GET THE MESSAGES OUT ABOUT OUR SUFFERING PEOPLES THERE AS WE CAN'T BLAME MR. OBAMA FOR THEM NOT GETTING THE WATER SENT TO THEM NOR THOSE POISONED TRAILERS, ECT.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (NUP)


Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
..."I" will say this then leave...his name is Dr. West...lets move a little about the way Gleen Becks looks at us educated / famous/ world powerful nonwhite males like they ...and even our president should not be given respect for the title they spent a life time trying to rise above the label of all blacks steal and not due the least bit of respect one can offer!!!!!!!!! (NUP)
Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
It was great to learn that D.B. is taking an active on hands part in our president's reelection campaign. so good she has come out of this part of political retirement as she was hell on wheelsin Clinton's campaign.lol (smile)
Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
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