In the Chris Hedges article entitled “The Obama Deception: Why Cornel West Went Ballistic” Cornel West describes Obama as “a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats. And now he has become head of the American killing machine and is proud of it.
We circulated the article and received comments written both on Ezili Dantò FB pages and many more emailed directly by the Ezili Listserve about this West critic which have ranged from: “I knew he was a Wall Street sycophant before the election” to “I think we should give Obama a chance”:
– 1. One Black man wrote:
-“I did not vote for the man and I am not a fan! The minute that Mr. Obama had “popped” up into the scene; like a good citizen, I dug into his background to see if I could find something, just a little bit of something to trust in all the hypes; and I did not find anything that would make me accept as true, his slogans, and that of the man himself. Derided as a white man in a black face, I knew all too well back then, that he would be the product of a powerful machinery, elected to maintain America’s imperialistic marches to conquer the world; and they had found in Mr. Obama the man they were looking for. I was not fooled then, that is why I am not disappointed.”
– 2. Another “Black” man went for the
Al Sharpon-type shield:
– “we should be grateful to have a brother in office after 500 years of fck slavery. i stand in line for hours waiting to vote for this dude one of the greatest adrenaline ever. if u missed it …it’s ok but it was worth it making godanmmm history to be a part of it, it’s something unexplainable…give the brother a chance Afrika…
I just wanted to add some thoughts to this dialogue. Ezili HLLN is not so enamored with West as some “progressive” and that’s why we circulated his critic. No. We’ve had our difficulties with the Left and Right Wingers – as you all know who have read Bandyo, Malfini and the Mongoose.” In 2004, for instance, Cornell West wrote a book called “Democracy Matters” Yet, when pro-democracy Haitians at HLLN asked where was his public objection to the destruction of democracy in Haiti, he, like most, remained silent. Just one example. However, we still found the critic of Obama by West, captured in Hedges article right now, worthy of circulation. Not to legitimize or “embrace” the messenger, but the content/overall message and to note the, uhmm, “Left” or “Liberal” disenchantment. Critical thinkers will understand the difference.
Obama has brought the world the same and arguably perhaps even worst than Clinton/Bush. Worst psychologically also because his being “Black” provides a moral cover – like the UN occupation of Haiti or Colin Powell’s 9/11 assertions at the UN (of Iraq’s MD) provided a moral cover – for doing US imperialistic bidding the UN is carrying out in Haiti or in Iraq. Obama, being a “Black” man at the White House doesn’t mean it’s no longer the “White House.” But, Obama provides a moral mask for imperial rampages. Obama’s partial Black lineage is used as a shield for Empire to continue its previous practices with less criticism because he is “Black” and from a historically oppressed social group.
In effect, Officialdom’s key stakeholders use Obama’s election as a shield against social justice claims from Black people in the US and worldwide who argue the Euro-US system’s inherent economic and social discrepancies.
Fortunately he may be just a one-term wonder. It is much better to deal straight up with a fascist than the masked ones. Black is more than a socially constructed race of people, it is a culture. And that culture is anti-imperialist, about community wealth, community good, common good, human values, soul, living in harmony with nature and other sentient beings and to endure the unendurable with grace. Subconsciously, if not directly, those who voted for Obama, of all gender, race and creeds, where hoping for that culture to have some resonance… That’s why he was given the Nobel peace prize before he even proved himself. He has failed and cowardice is ugly. He is but a new label on the old imperialists, white dominance bottle. Be well, and thanks again all who have commented on this Ezili Dantò FB page for sharing your thoughts on this.
Further dialogue may take place by making comments here for everyone to participate together at this website posting.
Ezili Dantò of HLLN
“They’re is lot the powerful can do with a bayonet. But sitting on it is another matter.” – Haitian parable
Forwarded by Ezili’s Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network
Obama, Us and the Others: The Problematic of being president by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Original Pdf download)
Obama’s empty promises to Haiti – Change did not come (written in 2009)
Criticizing Obama and the Established Order: Complexity, Compromise andConsequences by Dr. Maulana Karenga