Monday, June 15, 2009

Dr Byron Price Evaluates Obama, Dyson Critique

President Obama is the president of the United States and not Black America as so many others have stated. I find it amusing that critics of the president such as Mr. Tavis Smiley and Dr. Michael Eric Dyson never challenged the so-called first black president, Bill Clinton in eight years regarding what he would do for Black America. President Clinton stated that blacks never asked for anything although they supported him overwhelmingly. President Clinton's policies while in office wreaked havoc on the African American community and family. If my memory serves me correctly, black people loved President Clinton, especially the self designated black leaders. Yet, they never attacked him the way they are the current president. They definitely did not write a book demanding accountability.

President Obama has been in office four months and is being challenged on coming up with a racial policy when the last two presidents spent sixteen years in office and none of the so-called black leaders placed the same kind of demands on them as they are placing on President Obama. Dr. Dyson and Mr. Smiley exhibit crabs in the bucket mentalities with their criticism of the president. The president is not above critique, but deserves more time to enact policies which benefit all Americans. Black America does not need a racial policy but need men "noted for enterprise, industry, economy and success" as Frederick Douglas stated. Once we exhibit these attributes, Frederick Douglas believed that "we shall no longer have any trouble in the matter of civil and political rights." These "civil rights industrial complex" agents should embrace Dr. Carter G. Woodson's admonition: "History shows that it does not matter who is in power or what revolutionary forces take over the government, those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they had in the beginning." It is time for us to take control of our future by following the example of excellence the president has given us. "Excellence is the highest form of rebellion" Cornel West stated. I am proud of the job the president is doing and will give him the same kind of time the other presidents had to implement policies which benefit Americans. Can we wait for him to do the right thing? "Yes We Can."

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