Monday, June 20, 2011

Barack Obama--Not 'Black' Enough?

That's the racist charge being leveled at His Awsomeness by Princeton professor Cornel West. An op-ed in the L.A. Times claims it's all because of a "rift" between two African-American factions--those, like West, who are more into the keep-away-from-Whitey-Black-Nationalist approach, and those, like Obama, who are more assimilationist (and elitist). But since West, an academic at an Ivy League university, is every bit as elitist as Obama, I don't think that that's behind the kvetch-fest. I think West is giving voice to those who expected the First Black President to dole out the dough-re-mi to African Americans, and who are mega-disappointed because he hasn't, as yet, come though.

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