What If The President Was Black?

The Real News Network’s Paul Jay talks with Glen Ford, Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report, “The Journal of African American Political Thought and Action”, who evaluates the first year of Barack Obama’s presidency, and observes, for a variety of good reasons, that the first US black president “takes every opportunity available to spit in the faces of black people, and to do this quite ostentatiously, very dramatically…

Real News Network – January 5, 2010

Obama and great expectations

Glen Ford: Critical elements of black progressive leadership are distancing themselves from Pres. Obama


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    • Edger on January 5, 2010 at 14:27

    Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There’s no better rule.

    — Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

  1. You and your inflammatory titles!

    Well Obama is black, and we do have a black president.

    I found it interesting to see what Cornell West had to say about Obama — from being buddy buddy with him before the election to … well, to now, when it’s just not the same.

    I think this is a good topic to follow.  It’s about power, and how that changes you.

    Or maybe about fame, and how that changes you.

    I dunno.

    At this point it seems to me that all agendas are changing to adapt to this new situation — no more Bush.

    Thanks for the video, will watch later when I get a chance.  This is very interesting to me.

  2. I think Ford is saying that even though Obama is black, he isn’t really black in his heart.  Heck, even many of the Black Congressional Caucus are biting their collective tongues not to be too critical of his failure to stand up for black issues.

    I subscribe to BAR.  You can find it at

    Black Agenda Report.

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