‘Dr. King is weeping from his grave’

Chauncy DeVega at We Are Respectable Negroes:

I am surprised that more folks are not talking about the following editorial “Dr King Weeps from his Grave” in Thursday’s NY Times.

And Brother Cornel wonders why President Obama hasn’t invited him to the White House? Being a trouble making truth teller comes with little love and dap from the HNIC.

I remain uncomfortable about the Invisible Manesque battle royal aspects of the Cornel West vs Obama fight. But, we live in the age of the Black super public; what is a time when private black talk in the black counter-public has apparently attained full obsolescence.

In one of our salons from this week we had a great talk about the way the Tea Party GOP racializes President Obama through the use of symbolic racism. There I asked, how do we situate Barack Obama as the first black Chief Executive relative to the Civil Rights Movement?

West is trying to offer an answer. What is yours?

3 thoughts on “‘Dr. King is weeping from his grave’

  1. As an older AA man who’s seen and been through many of the early civil rights struggles, I totally agree with Dr. West. Since Obama’s election—and overwhelming support among all sectors of the American electorate—he has, in my view, double-crossed those who elected him, not just black folks, but everybody. And I honestly believe that part of the reason for his lack of courage is his fear that the oligarchs would have him assasinated if he didn’t follow ‘The Rules’. The “vast right-wing conspiracy” that the Clintons referenced in the 90’s is real, as we can clearly see vis-a-vis the other Party’s candidates for President. Obama’s no fool; he’d like to get outa’ this shit alive, IMHO…………………

  2. An interesting theory, Dandy.
    It explains his inscrutable behavior better than any conventional political analysis.

  3. I have to be amazed and very sad to have lived through the process which turned Dr. King into a giant scowling white man with a stone heart, sponsored by corporate America. We should all be weeping.

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