Black People Debating Obama
warning: heavy snark ahead
What a crazy idea, eh? Go ahead and take a gander, it won't hurt! Here, I'll give you a warm up:
GLEN FORD: Well, Dr. Dyson doesn't seem to know what a rightwing interest is. An expanded US military, 100,000 new troops, isn't a rightwing interest? An expanded military budget that sucks up all of the money for healthcare, for revitalization of the cities, for a rebuilding of America's infrastructure, for all the projects that black folks hold dear, all of which would go down the tubes, will be postponed indefinitely with the kind of expanded military budget that clearly follows from Barack Obama's proposal for 100,000 new troops. And so, it is not in black folks' interest. It's really not in anyone's interest, of course. But it is diametrically opposed to the historic black political consensus on domestic development to be proposing expanded military activities and budgets for the United States.
AMY GOODMAN: We only have thirty seconds. Michael Eric Dyson, your response?
MICHAEL ERIC DYSON: Well, listen here. I think that that is a legitimate comment to be made in terms of the critique of a potential Barack Obama presidency. Let's see it get here first. I think that a Barack Obama presidency at least holds out the possibility of engaging these forms of critique, engaging the form of the black political consensus about which Mr. Ford has spoken, but also to deal with the fact that we have to be bifocal. The presidency-the people who are making critiques of the system, if he's part of the system, he will be critiqued legitimately. And African American people will be able to enjoy the victory of the grassroots being able to speak, while at the same time being part of a political process that includes us in a very serious way. I think a Barack Obama presidency-
AMY GOODMAN: We're going to have to leave it there, but this is part one of this debate. Professor Dyson, thanks for joining us,
There's lots more. See, we really don't all think alike! Wow!
...hopefully you know that these brothers are just as Serious as any Villager and worthy of your attention.
Michael Eric Dyson, Professor at Georgetown University, where he teaches Theology, English and African American Studies. He is the author of 14 books including “Debating Race,“ "Come Hell or High Water” and “Is Bill Cosby Right.” He has been named by “Ebony” as one of the 100 Most Influential African Americans.
Glen Ford, Veteran journalist and Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report.com, a weekly journal of African American political thought and action.
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