2008 Presidential Election, Race and Racism
Professor Vernellia Randall
Speaking Truth to Power!

Blacks Have Neutered Themselves

 

Send Letter to Secretary Hillary Clinton:
United States Must be fully Participate in United Nations Conference
 on Eliminating Racism (Durban Review).

 

 

Home March 13,2008 Hillary Clinton and Gearldine Ferraro     February 26, 2008 - Tim Russert;     February 21, 2008 - Bill O'Reilly;       February 20, 2008 - Bill O'Reilly;          January 30, 2008 - National Organization of Women - New York;          January 15, 2008  - MSBNC, Brian Williams and Tim Russert Discussion Forum
This site focuses on one issue: racial inequality. It does not endorse or oppose any party or any candidate.

 

Home                                                    x
Worst Person                               x
Institutional Racism                                    x
Inequalities & the Election                                  x
Race and Racism                              x
Racial Groups                                       x
World Perspective                               x
NAACP Questionnaire                            x
Primaries and Caucuses                             x
Site Map
This website is always under construction please email me  relevant links related to any of the candidates or to race and racism and the election.
RACIAL GROUPS
African Americans                                         X
Asian Americans                                                   X
European Americans                         X
Latino(a) Americans                                          x
Native Americans                                 x
Pacific Islanders                                       x
 
UNITS
Institutional Racism                                     x
01 Race and Racism                                     x
02 Citizenship Rights                                     x
03 Justice                                     x
04 Basic Needs                                     x
05 Intersectionality                                     x
06 Worldwide                                     x
 
 
 

Glen Ford
A Black Agenda Report
 

     
 
ObamaSoldiers

Blacks and so-called progressives have abandoned their obligation to demand anything from Barack Obama. Especially among African Americans, there is a refusal to even listen to Obama's actual policy positions on matters such as military spending and troop strength or subprime lending disaster relief - issues that go to the very heart of his often profoundly unprogressive policy stances. This historical abdication of responsibility to make politicians accountable has already rendered progressives of all races, irrelevant. Left and Black "leaders" claim they will get around to challenging Obama later on - after he's ensconced securely in the Oval Office. They know nothing - or pretend to know nothing - about mass social behavior. Grass roots action cannot be switched on and off. Once the last vestiges of a movement are shut down, it takes many years to start it up again.

To listen to the audio MP3 of this Black Agenda Report commentary, click the flash player below.

 

 Broadcasters and others desiring to download the MP3 of this commentary should visit the Black Agenda Radio  archive page.
 

Obama: What Blacks and Progressives Have Bought Into

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

 "Blacks and progressives have neutered themselves."

 

ObamaWithFlagBlack Agenda Report has long held that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are identical, politically. Both are associated with the Democratic Leadership Council, the corporate rightwing of the Democratic Party. Clinton proudly upholds the DLC banner, while Obama claims to not be a member, but behaves exactly as if he were one.

Both Obama and Clinton have repeatedly told us, if we were really listening, that they plan to defend America's so-called "interests" in the world - however the U.S. defines those interests. In real-world language - as opposed to American double-speak, code-speak, and warlike nationalism-speak - both are imperialists who call for huge increases in military manpower, that will inevitably lead to more wars of aggression. Hopefully, neither is as crazy as John McCain, who is busy trying to convince Republican voters that he's itching for a fight with anybody, anywhere, for any reason. But these are only cosmetic differences among imperialists - differences in tone, not substance.

Our primary concern is the effect this electoral season has had on masses of Blacks and those non-Blacks that consider themselves progressive. We have witnessed a capitulation to the DLC-inspired Obama campaign on the part of white so-called progressives. African Americans are now near-universally in the Obama camp. Both groups imagine they are witnessing a "movement" in the making, when in fact there is no such thing as a movement being born in a hundreds-of-millions of dollars electoral campaign. Rather, progressives of all races have abandoned movement politics, thus ensuring that Obama remains unchallenged by the Left, free to move further to the Right as a general election campaigner and in the White House.

"Especially among African Americans, there is a virtual refusal to allow issues to intrude on Obama's parade."

This wholesale surrender to Clintonism with a Black face and winning smile cannot be justified on any substantive political basis. Therefore, progressives find themselves with no choice but to "hope" that progressive "change" will somehow occur, despite the fact that Obama has laid out positions that are anti-progressive by any measure. Especially among African Americans, there is a virtual refusal to allow issues to intrude on Obama's parade.

There was only a remnant of a movement left in the United States, before Barack Obama's phenomenal rise. Black and white progressives claim they are prepared to resume agitation after Obama's election - that they will rev up the movement once again if they discover the new president turns out to be what he has repeatedly promised to be: a corporate Democrat committed to imperial policies abroad, who shuns any analysis or demand that does not conform to his own "race neutral" - in practice, "race blind" - domestic policies. If progressives truly believe they can turn mass, grassroots politics on and off, like a switch, they are delusional. Large groups of human beings don't act that way. Barack Obama's honeymoon will surely last for years, no matter what crises he mishandles or provokes.

Blacks and progressives have neutered themselves. They have dropped out of struggle, and made themselves irrelevant by refusing to make Obama accountable for his own policy positions and statements. It will be a very, very long journey back home.

For Black Agenda Radio, I'm Glen Ford.

BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Discussion Forum



This Page Last Updated:
Thursday, July 03, 2008  

You are visitor number
Hit Counter  
Since January 9, 2008
Submit for Periodic Updates
Update List

 CANDIDATES
DEMOCRATIC                   x
Obama                                                    x
REPUBLICAN                            x
McCain                                                    x
THIRD PARTY
McKinney                                         x

This website is always under construction please email me  relevant links related to any of the candidates or to race and racism and the election.
SELECT A CANDIDATE SURVEYS
Minnesota Public Radio                        x
WQAD  TV                             x
Australia - US Survey                                 X

 


Same level:
NAACP Presidential Candidate Civil Rights Questionnaire ] Black Democrats face tough choice in Tuesday's primary ] Blacks Key to Democratic Nominee ] The Black Community's "Change Killers" ] A Black Man as President? ] Is Obama on the Down low with the LGBTQ Community? ] Do We Really Want Another Black President ] [ Blacks Have Neutered Themselves ] Tracey Morgan: Bitch is the new black (video) ] Class Splits Among African Americans in 2008 Election ] The Coon Effect and Black Presidential Candidates ] What Black Women's Vote Mean for the Presidential Race ] Obama gives blacks hope that change is in the wind ] MAINSTREAM BLACK AMERICANS: Obama upends racial stereotypes ] Not 'other,' just black ]
Child Level:
Home ] Up ]
Parent Level:
African Americans and the 2008 Presidential Election ] Asian Americans and 2008 Presidential Election ] Latino(a) Americans and the 2008 Presidential Election ] White Americans and 2008 the Presidential Election ] Native Americans and the 2008 Presidential Election ] Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islanders  and the Election ] Obama's rise spotlights the lives of racial 'others' ]
Units:
[Race and Racial Groups] [Citizenship Rights]  [Justice and Race] [Patterns of Basic Needs] [Intersectionality Issues] [Human Rights]

Always Under Construction!

Always Under Construction!

Copyright @ 2008
Vernellia Randall. All Rights Reserved

 
In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. section 107, some material on this website is provided for comment, background information, research and/or educational purposes only, without permission from the copyright owner(s), under the "fair use" provisions of the federal copyright laws. These materials may not be distributed for other purposes without permission of the copyright owner(s).

 


Last Updated:
Tuesday, April 07, 2009  

You are visitor number
Hit Counter  
Since January 9, 2008