“Obama is a Hollow Prize for African Americans” Says Black Scholar Fredrick Harris
“One day the question will be asked–years if not decades from now–whether the sacrifices of previous generations were worth the rise of a ‘race-neutral’ black president, whose ascendancy was made possible by their efforts,” writes Fredrick Harris in “The Price of the Ticket,” his new book.
It’s a stunning indictment considering that African-Americans are President Obama’s strongest supporters. But Harris, a professor at Columbia University, believes African Americans will come to regret their unyielding devotion to President Obama.
“As it stands now, the price has not yet proven its worth in sacrifice, to the memory of those lost in battle nor for those who still sit at the very bottom of society, still believing and hoping in the possibilities of change,” writes Harris.
In his book, Harris notes several examples of where Obama could’ve weighed in on black issues, but didn’t.
“While Obama has repeatedly told black leaders and black voters to be patient with the slow pace of change regarding his economic policies, Obama vowed to ‘never counsel patience’ regarding the LGBT community,” he writes.
He also mocks Obama for things like the White House Black History Month web page, which he says demonstrates that Obama is more about personality than substance.
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