Tavis Smiley and Cornel West are amongst those that preach President Obama’s seemingly lack of interest in the black community. It’s almost as if his naysayers want to have us believe that he’s completely turned his back on us. But if that is true, the real issue arises in the question, “Is he turning his back on Africans and African Americans to appease the white constituency and politicians?”
Some have argued that he gave the order to kill Osama Bin Laden because it would make the white folk happy and possibly win him some brownie points. Which I must admit, it did. But the rise in his approval points were fleeting. The black man cannot do enough to appease the white tea partiers and republicans, so it is our hope that he is smart enough to realize that he will never do enough to appease them.
Now there is a lengthy article in the Atlantic that agrees with President Obama’s approach to Africa in 2009 during his first speech there in Ghana. The speech President Obama gave, according to G. Pascal Zachary, asks that the nations across the continent show their self-reliance and ability to maintain their own countries. He also points out that he didn’t go to his father’s country, Kenya, but chose Ghana. It’s unclear why, but the writer wants us to believe that it is more important that Obama continue to dispel the “delusional claims” that he’s a Muslim than to align himself with any issues in the Motherland, thus his relentless efforts in the middle east.
Zachary argues that while the President’s philosophy of self-reliance “echoes the views of black nationalists from Americans Marcus Garvey and W.E.B. Du Bois to Africans Kwame Nkrumah, Ahmed Sekou Toure and Nelson Mandela” his efforts are not altruistic, but steeped in “self-preservation.” But how is that different from Obama defending himself from the claims of Islamic practice? Is it simply more important that he not be associated with being black over being associated with Islam?
Read the article here. Zachary brings up some interesting questions, but falls flat on the answers.