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Does the Black President Owe Anything to the Black Community? No According to Most Mainstream Black Pundits

One of my favorite older blogs…wanted to re-share

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Recently I have read several articles from black intellectuals, pundits and politicians whose goal it seems is to inform black people that Obama is not the President of “black America” but of “all America”. Therefore, they argue, that we should not expect him to do anything “special” for the black community. A byproduct of this is to let us know that any sentence that has the words “Obama”, “black” and “demands” except if its ordered “Obama demands Black people…”, is a no-no and you will be branded with the number one insult in the black community (besides being labeled a snitch) “a hata.” I have great respect for some of these authors because of their history of work in our community. Yet there are other writers that think that if they stand next to two or more black people, they are in the ghetto and need to make a move…

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About Kamau Franklin (80 Articles)
Kamau has been a dedicated community activist and organizer for over twenty years, first in New York City and now based in the south. He has been a leading member of several grassroots organizations dedicated to the ideas of Malcolm X on self-determination. He has organized on various issues including youth organizing and development, police misconduct, and creating sustainable urban communities. Kamau has led and developed community cop-watch programs, freedom school programs for youth, large scale community gardens and alternatives to incarceration. He can be followed on twitter @kamaufranklin.

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