Obama’s Anti-Black Rant

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Obama’s twisted view of Black people and their history was on full display at the March on Washington anniversary. The president spewed slanders and lies, conjuring up welfare queens, crazed Black militants and his old stand-by, bad Black parents. “To put it bluntly, the First Black President gave a very good standup impression of a racist white man.”

Obama’s Anti-Black Rant

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Obama puts the onus squarely on Blacks for destroying the promise of racial harmony.”

It was bad enough that a sitting president and key members of his administration occupied positions of prominence, and in fact stole the show, at the anniversary of the March on Washington. But what issued from Barack Obama’s mouth were premeditated insults to Black Americans and their history. To put it bluntly, the First Black President gave a very good standup impression of a racist white man.

Obama chose to expand his remarks beyond the early Sixties period, past the triumphs of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, to give a mini-lecture on what went wrong, in his estimation, with the Black Freedom Movement. The result was a brief but vicious slew of slurs against African Americans – the kind of slander you expect to hear on FOX News, or from a half-drunk white guy at a country-western bar. According to Obama, Black folks lost their way when “legitimate grievances against police brutality tipped into excuse-making for criminal behavior.” What the hell does that mean? Which particular incidents is he referring to in which Blacks used police brutality to somehow mask criminal activity. If he means the Black Panther Party, which I suspect, then the president should say so, and open up a discussion of who the real criminals and assassins were, in the late Sixties and early Seventies. But, like any cheap white politician, Obama spews a mouthful of bile and then moves on to the next rant.

Obama bemoans that, at some unspecified point in the Black struggle the “transformative message of unity and brotherhood was drowned out by the language of recrimination.” Who was recriminating against whom, Mr. President? Since Obama was lecturing Black people – and we know he never lectures white people – he must have been talking about Black militants of some sort. But he won’t say, preferring to leave his meaning to the audience’s imagination.

Obama blames Black people for messing up his America.”

Then Obama moved in for the big slap-down: “What had once been a call for equality of opportunity,” said Obama, “the chance for all Americans to work hard and get ahead, was too often framed as a mere desire for government support, as if we had no agency in our own liberation, as if poverty was an excuse for not raising your child and the bigotry of others was reason to give up on yourself.”

In that one, long sentence, Obama resurrects Ronald Reagan’s phantom armies of “Welfare Queens”; he appears to be taking a cheap swipe at calls for Black reparations; and he once again joins with his real soul mates on the white Right in blaming Black culture for the disparities in U.S. society. In fact, Obama puts the onus squarely on Blacks for destroying the promise of racial harmony. He says it quite plainly: “All of that history is how progress stalled. That's how hope was diverted. It's how our country remained divided.”

That’s right: Obama blames Black people for messing up his America, which very much resembles Ronald Reagan’s America, a place that was put on the wrong track, as candidate Obama said back in 2008, by “all the excesses of the 1960s and 1970s.“

Barack Obama went to the March on Washington anniversary and spoke like an angry white man. He governs like one, too. Doesn’t that tell you something? For Black Agenda Radio, I’m Glen Ford. On the web, go to BlackAgendaReport.com.

BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at [email protected].





Dr. King would never stop vomiting, if he could come back and see this gigantic depravity on display.  They weren't kidding when they said Zerobama was Black Reagan.

This was pretty hardhitting.

This was pretty hardhitting. I stopped paying attention to Obama's speaking engagements a long time ago and only know about those that BAR reports on. I have just one question:

Is it considered tasteful for those who warned Black people in the beginning about Obama to run around their hometowns shouting: "I told you so!!!"?

I only ask because I have the strong impulse to do so...

This man is a complete sell out

Obama might well be the most evil black man to ever have lived. He's a willing puppet, a house slave if ever there was one, but don't say that to black people.

Obama Couldn't resist taking another shot at some Black Person(s

Especially while on center [national] stage at the Lincoln Memorial addressing a crowd of mainly Black people- effectively turning the 50th anniversary event into the Farcein Washington- FOR REAL. Obama knew he could NOT get away w taking another subtle dig [diss] at Rev Dr ML-King- like he did in 2008 by going MIA for the 40th anniversary commemoration of MLK’s assassination, or in 2009 during his ‘War is Peace’ [ig]Nobel Peace [NOT!] Prize speech. So he resorted YET AGAIN to ‘Kick a Nigger’ poly-tricks- effectively blaming working-class / working-poor Blacks for all the ills that have befallen them since 1968 [seems Obama only even mentions working class / working poor Blacks to scold them for being poor]. One would think Obama would be above this kinda crap- especially after Newt Grinch-wench’s racist campaign meme ‘Obama: the Food-stamp Pres’ -&- Mitt RawMoney denouncing ALL Obama supporters [mainly Black & Brown] as ‘moochers’ of Gov’t welfare & his ilk’s [= the 1%] taxes- when in-fact it’s more like vice-versa.

- Obama RE the VRA: Notably Obama dodged directly mentioning that the SCOTUS court just gutted the VRA as a ‘racial-entitlement’. BAR’s Bruce Dixon explains how Obama & fellow lame-stream 'liberal' Dim John Kerry [now Obama’s war-mongering Sec of State] not only failed to try to block Roberts’ & Alito’s nominations to the SCOTUS court, but even gave them a ‘thumbs-up’. FYI: Roberts, as chief justice, & Alito- along w Scalia & Uncle Judge Thomas- were the main ones behind gutting the VRA.
And Obama & most lame-stream Dims joined the Repugs multi yr effort to do in the ACORN, by signing unto a law of dubious constitutionality. Ironically ACORN registered many Black & Brown voters across the US, who vote overwhelmingly for Dims like Obama & Kerry.

- Obama’s praise for 1960s Freedom movement’s struggle for equal opportunity in Education [& employment] & also for 'Tireless Teachers': Obama’s Sec of ED Arne Duncan’s corporatized RTTT model is the back-drop for an all out assault on public schools & teachers’ [unions] in Black & Brown communities. Just this yr Obama's ex-chief of staff Rahmbo [now Chicago's mayor], closed 54 Chicago schools- nearly all in Black [a few in Hispanic] communities. And Philly’s Black Dim Mayor Nutter closed 24 schools- also nearly all in Black & Brown neighborhoods. Thus Obama lecturing Blacks w clichés IE: 'Stay in School' is disingenuous rhetoric- when his Dim ilk have closed / are closing Black kids’ schools & have fired / are firing their teachers wholesale- in so many key US cities.

- Obama’s meme that Blacks use Racial Profiling & police brutality as an excuse for criminality: In fact stereotyping all Black youth as criminals is used as an excuse for Racial Profiling & police brutality [which ain't even new- it pre-dates the rap era]! IMO Obama uses this meme because he & AG Holder do NOT plan to really ever address racial profiling & police brutality [IE: cops &/or cop wanna-bes gunning-down unarmed / non-violent Blacks every 28hrs], nor the 'New Jim Crow' / Prison Industrial Complex fueled by the phony 'War on Drugs' [mainly pot]. It must be noted that just 3 days before Obama’s much over-hyped & slickly disingenuous speech on the Trayvon case [just the 2nd time since being POTUS & only the 3rd time since taking the Presidential stage that Obama even directly spoke on the race issue], Obama names NYPD chief Ray [Stop & Frisk] Kelly as his pick to head DHS. NYPD’s ‘Stop & Frisk’ has just been judged to be the biggest racial-profiling prog in the US that routinely violates the 4th Amendment. Dr King indicted the likes Sheriff ‘Bull’ Connor & Gov George Wallace, yet now Obama raves about the likes of NYPD chief ‘Stop & Frisk’ Kelly & NYC Mayor Bloomberg!

- Obama RE poor Blacks’ lack of parenting & looking for Gov’t hand-outs: This is a meme straight from the FOX Noise, Newt Grinch-witch, Mitt RawMoney play-book! That Obama would have the GALL to use MLK’s iconic ‘I have a Dream’ speech as a ‘BULLY’-pulpit platform to publicly diss [poor] Blacks [= his most loyal constituency who were key to putting his {1/2}Black ass in office] in a manner that he’d never dare do to any other group- is an insult to MLK’s & the Black Freedom struggle’s legacy! Obama keeps repeating this crap because evidently he agrees w FOX Noise, Grinch-witch, RawMoney, et-al RE [poor] Blacks! Blacks have lost more wealth &/or homes during Obama’s tenure than at any time since before WWII. While other groups’ unemployment has fallen, on Obama’s watch Black unemployment has risen & remains +2Xs that of whites- just like in 1968. The fact is Obama has NO jobs plan for his most loyal constituency [& has effectively said so], but also in fact plans to gut Social-Security, Medicare, Food-stamps, unemployment insurance, etc- thus worsening their plight! Thus Obama has signaled he does NOT intend to make good on that bad check the US has stuck Blacks w- which Dr King spoke of as his preamble to his ‘Dream’ in 1963.
FYI Obama- Dr King was in Memphis in April 1968 to support Memphis’ Black sanitation workers efforts challenging that city’s slave wages & working conditions. IMO Obama’s listened to / read Dr King’s entire April 3rd ‘I’ve Been to the Mountain Top’ speech on the evening before MLK’s state sanctioned ‘neutralization’. In it MLK talks in depth RE: supporting Black sanitation workers’ struggle for decent pay & working conditions.


- That this 50th anniversary would even feature the likes of O-Bomber, Slick Willie, Arne [‘Katrina’s the best thing to ever happen to New Orleans’ schools.'] Duncan, Eric [Wall St's too big to Jail] Holder, Skippy-Jiff Carter, Rev Al [the snitch] Charlatan, Corey [Loves Wall St] Booker{T}, Nancy [‘Impeachment’s off the Table’] Pelosi, etc- shows just how much of a ‘Farcein Washington this event really was!


I thought the same thing, and I'm white.

I have long admired and appreciated your hard-hitting, no-nonsense style, Glen Ford. I've said it before on other sites, most notably Fire Dog Lake(yes, I'm the same Ohio Barbarian over there), that Obama is not Black. The hard, cold truth is that his African father was never much more to him than a whisper of life in the darkness, and he was raised by his white mother and white grandmother, who was a banker, of all things. 

He grew up in Indonesia and Hawaii, hardly Black neighborhoods, graduated from Ivy League schools, and taught constitutional law at that bastion of capitalist conservatism, the University of Chicago. The same place that gave us Milton Friedman and other disgusting characters. In short, Barack Obama is not a descendant of slaves, he is not an Afrrican-American in any sort of cultural context, he does not know what it is like to be Black in America; not really. He's been insulated, nurtured, and groomed to become, forgive me the old white approbation, the Fair-Haired Boy of Fascism in America. 

I must define Fascism in order to be understood, so please forgive this brief digression. By Fascism, I mean it in the same way that ol' Benito Mussolini did: the ideology that should more properly be called corporatism, because both believe in advancing corporate interests by the use of government power. 

Mussolini would be ever so proud of Barack Obama. In more ways than one. Ever notice how Obama tilts his head up just like Mussolini did? 

There are plenty of examples: the Wall Street bank bailout, the National Health Insurance Corporation Enrichment Act(oops, the Affordable Care Act), the secret negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the refusal to put the public option on the table. the refusal to push for card-check legislation, the beat goes on. I'm sure all of you here are very well aware of what Obama has, and has not, actually tried to do. 

I voted FOR the SOB in 2008, I'm sorry to say. I got suckered. In 2012, I voted for the other Black guy, Stewart Alexander. In Ohio. A "swing" state. Much to the chagrin of all of the lesser of two evils pontificators in the Democratic Party. 

Obama has long said he admired Ronald Reagan. It is clear by now that he meant it. In every way. He only cares about the top 10% of income earners in America, if that. He's of the rich, for the rich, and by the rich. The rest of us are not important to him. Just like we were not important to Ronald Reagan, either of the Bushes, and, I would argue, the Clintons. 

This guy does not consider himself as "Black." Who does he admire? Whose approval does he seek? Not Black people as a whole, not poor or even middle class people of any color, but people like Jamie Dimon. He's a creature of Wall Street and the defense contractors. Who are, wait for it, predominantly WHITE, yes? 

Obama serves neither the Black Agenda nor mine, which is pretty much the same. I support my wife and stepson on one salary well under $40K a year, and live in a predominantly black, working class neighborhood in Euclid, Ohio. What's good for black people is good for US, because we are in the same socioeconomic class. We're working folk, you see. We're working class, a phrase Obama, to my knowledge, has never uttered. To him, we, Black or White, are just not that important. 

And then he had the NERVE to portray less-than-living wage jobs in brutal conditions in Amazon.com warehouses as "middle class?" He bailed out the Big Three automakers, but not Detroit itself? 

This guy, this Barack Obama, ain't Black, folks. He's just another rich white guy buttering his bread with rich white folks' money. He has FAR less in common with Black people than I do. He panders to ignorant white racism in order to advance the agenda of his corporate masters. In short, he's a fraud, perhaps the worst fraud ever perpetrated in the history of American politics. And he, and his corporate sponsors, did it by using the color of his skin. 

Martin Luther King would have seen right through this. So would Malcolm X. So, to be fair, would Lyndon Johnson. As Spike up there said, Obama is sickening. To all working class people, of whatever skin color. 

Obama - Anti Black


Its tragic that Black Americans focus on the image of Obam, rather than on the substance of Dr. King.  The March on Washington was about jobs and justice.   The main stream media has used the dream part of King's speech as a distraction.

In defense of Obam I must admit that the African American community keeps trying to embrace Obam, while  he constantly  pushes us away.  Clearly this is a dysfunctional relationship.  I suspect that Obam views him self as more arab than Black.  Just like his family in Kenya does.

He always finds time to vilify us; and always finds time to assist Al Qaeda, like in Libya and now Syria.   The African American community must do soul searching to adress the addiction that too many of us have for Obam.




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