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Cornel West

by Lavern Merriweather

Don’t get me wrong. I used to have a tremendous amount of respect for Mr. West. To come up from his circumstances and make it as a noted college professor takes a lot of heart and discipline, as well as being a respected noteworthy voice on black issues. That could not have been an easy accomplishment, and he probably grew up with a shitload of obstacles his way. Yet, he managed to overcome them to be the man he is today, which is why I can’t understand why he is going out of his way to cause such grief for President Barack Obama.

Now, anyone who knows me knows that I have a very sore spot for the black folks who rush to criticize our current President, not because I feel he doesn’t deserve it, but because I feel it’s coming from an extremely wrong place. I fully understand that maybe Mr. Obama isn’t living up to some of the expectations that black people have put on him. However, that’s not what I have a problem with.

My problem is black folks who expect it ONLY from Mr. Obama and nobody else. This may cause some people reading this to roll their eyes, but I don’t give a shit.

I, for the longest of times, have made no secret how I feel about former president Bill Clinton or the way that black people shamefully gushed and worshipped at his feet as if he had just parted the Red Sea and led them to freedom. Black people had such a love affair with him that I was starting to believe they were hoping for an orgy wedding with him and Hillary. In many black people’s eyes Clinton could do no wrong, even when that was all he was doing. They either looked the other way or defend him like a gladiator.

A vastly different treatment than what President Obama is getting.

He is daily getting taken to task by orating luminaries such as Mr. West, Tavis Smiley and Michael Eric Dyson. Mind you, these are the same three Negroes who never uttered one negative peep against old Billy boy. Lately Obama has been getting flak from them over how he has handled the death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin and the subsequent trial-verdict of his killer George Zimmerman.

Mr. Smiley being the most vocal and angry saying that Mr. Obama only held a press conference because he was forced to. That Obama probably wouldn’t have said anything unless pressured to do so. Well, no fucking shit Sherlock!

Do these assholes not get the fact that this man is the fucking President! He has an entire country to run and he doesn’t have time to focus on every instance or situation involving black people regardless of how horrific or tragic. He is a busy man and it’s not his responsibility alone to get outraged over Trayvon, Troy Davis, Oscar Grant, etc.

Now, having said that, it makes me think what the hell are they doing besides sitting around attacking him? I understand that there are some in the black community who half-heartedly desired some form of payback from Obama. They had a certain hope that the president was going in some small way to get even with white people.

So, I get it. You were itching for a little revenge and feel completely disappointed. To which I say, “Too fucking bad” because that was your fault for having that mindset in the first damn place. And even if their attitude has nothing to do with that, I’m still sick and tired of these demanding-ass whiny Negroes crying foul when it suits them.

I don’t think one person would open up their mouths and utter any attack on John Kerry, nor would they give a verbal whipping to Bill’s wife Hillary or sleazebag John Edwards. I won’t mention any Republican nominees or Presidents because we now from jump street that they don’t give a rat’s ass about us, but neither do a lot of white males who are Democrats!

Still, black people think little of behaving as if they were born from a penis made of gold, that they are the end all be all and will idolize these white males to the point that come across as brainwashed lemmings in a cult. Mr. Obama is facing enough of an uphill battle from many members of Congress and American citizens involved in this whole ‘tea party’ bullshit.

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Mr. West himself is no stranger to adversity. So, why is he doing his damndest to undermine a fellow successful black male in one of the hardest jobs in the country? Even if it’s also the most prominent, being President in America is the most important title anyone born here can ever have. And just because a black man now has become President, it doesn’t mean the crabs in the barrel should be allowed to get away with treating him in such a shitty way, especially when they are too chickenshit to do it to a white male in office.

I read a lot of comments on blogs from black people who say that Mr. Obama has no backbone. Now, if that ain’t the pot calling the kettle black. Please! Like those Negroes who believe that they are such badasses by picking on a safe target can talk.

I have no qualms about Obama taking his slings and arrows from black people if they were also just as willing to do that with a white male, which as far as I have seen has never been the case. That also goes for the Negroes who bitch that Obama has been meeting the needs of gay folks, Hispanics and Arabs over their own. Correct me if I’m wrong, but were YOU all screaming for their rights above your own as well?

Don’t piss and moan at Obama if he is only following the example that you set!

And how dare you whine about putting others needs ahead of your own? You can’t be a crusader and selfish at the same time, just like you can’t expect a man who already has the fullest plate in the world to drop everything he is doing because you feel neglected.

Your well- being and welfare is first and foremost your responsibility. And if you think that it should also be that of the leader-in-chief, then say that same shit when a white male is in charge, instead of acting all fucking giddy over them like some tween girl who has seen her latest pop star crush on the cover of People magazine.