posted on Jul, 22 2013 @ 10:02 PM
Not all progressives are pleased with Obama’s speech recently about “Trayvon Martin could have been me”
Indeed, many believe that his alleged impromptu words on this issue was too little too late to be really effective in the American proto-civil rights
Two commentators and activists Professor Cornell West and PBS talk show personality Tavis Smiley have lit onto Obama and accuse him of being
neglectful towards the AA cause where unemployment and black poverty are surging under Obama, the first black president in US history.
Smiley, for instance in a blunt commentary expresses that Obama “was pushed to that podium” claiming the president spoke only because of political
pressure and not really from his heart. Pretty strong words from one of Obama’s harshest critics.
I appreciate and applaud the fact that the president did finally show up. But this town has been spinning a story that's not altogether true. He did
not walk to the podium for an impromptu address to the nation; he was pushed to that podium. A week of protest outside the White House, pressure
building on him inside the White House pushed him to that podium. So I'm glad he finally arrived.
But when he left the podium, he still had not answered the most important question, that Keynesian question, where do we go from here? That question
this morning remains unanswered, at least from the perspective of the president. And the bottom line is this is not Libya, this is America. On this
issue, you cannot lead from behind.
Even stronger, though, were the words of Professor West who in no small measure has again taken on Obama as he has done innumerable times in the past.
This time calling the president “a global George Zimmerman”
"We know anybody who tries to rationalize the killing of innocent people is a criminal. George Zimmerman is a criminal. But, President Obama is a
global George Zimmerman because he tries to rationalize the killing of innocent children, 221 so far, in the name of self-defense... Pakistan,
Somalia, Yemen. So when he comes to talk about the killing of an innocent person, you say, well wait a minute, what kind of moral authority are you
Actually, I respect the criticism here on Obama and agree with much of it, though this time have to admit the speech was impressive and begrudgingly
give Obama a little credit. I think he at least spoke from the heart, even though he may, like most presidents, not have much of a heart remaining in
his soul after being president, where one is forced to do things like Professor West describes—murder innocents.