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40. "Where The Hell Were These Blackademics Before 2008?" Or 2009?
Mon Aug 25, 2014, 11:53 PM
Aug 2014

Barack Obama in 1992 as director of Project Vote; which achieved its goal of registering 150,000 African American Voters

They damn sure didn’t help the black farmers get their money, they damn sure didn’t get black people health insurance, and they damn sure didn’t help our black gay brothers and sisters from getting kicked out of the military.

So where the hell were they?

I’ll tell you where they were, they were at each other’s schools sitting on some fucking panel theorizing about how to end racism or make it better for African Americans.

But do you know where President Obama was?

He was out in the streets registering people to vote, he was condemning an unjust war before it became fashionable to do so.

We got pictures of Barack Obama fresh out of college walking in poor black neighborhoods registering people to vote.

We got pictures of a young Barack Obama helping black folk.

We got pictures of a young Barack Obama sitting in a village in Kenya breaking bread with his grandmother.

And these same motherfuckers want to question his blackness


Illinois State Senator Barack Obama at a community meeting in his district with his state representative (second from right) House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie

Barack Obama in his first year at Harvard Law School after working at Developing Communities Project as a community organizer from 1985 – 1988 where he set up a tenants rights organization, job training program, and college preparatory program. He enrolled at Harvard Law School in the fall of 1988 so as to better help his community

This photo released by Obama for America shows Barack Obama teaching at the University of Chicago Law School. After Harvard Law School, Obama returned to Chicago, joined a small civil rights firm, ran a voter registration drive, and lectured on constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School

Barack Obama with his grandmother Sarah Hussein Obama in her home in the village of Nyagoma-Kogelo, western Kenya, 1987

After his graduation from Harvard Law School, working on a voter registration drive in Chicago

The rest of the story..
The Obama Diary http://theobamadiary.com/2014/08/23/where-the-hell-were-these-blackademics-before-2008-2/
Cornel West on the President [View all] ellenrr Aug 2014 OP
If we ever have a president Cornel West likes, we're fucked. nt conservaphobe Aug 2014 #1
Really. elleng Aug 2014 #2
Yes, really. conservaphobe Aug 2014 #3
Bitterness - What Bitterness cantbeserious Aug 2014 #5
Touré explained it well: conservaphobe Aug 2014 #6
Good for Touré. elleng Aug 2014 #8
Toure's opinion means as much to me tularetom Aug 2014 #9
Toure's opinion means more to me than West's does. conservaphobe Aug 2014 #11
Self-Limiting Perspective - aka Also Called Cherry Picking cantbeserious Aug 2014 #17
I'd bet $10 you'd never heard of him before you read that article. Marr Aug 2014 #35
I watch him on MSNBC all the time. conservaphobe Aug 2014 #163
Michael Eric Dyson's opinion means a great deal to me JustAnotherGen Aug 2014 #93
I don't need someone else's opinion to tell me what reality is, woo me with science Aug 2014 #124
What Woo said /////\\\\\\ /\ /\ /\ /\ /\ /\ /\ /\ Vincardog Aug 2014 #177
You absolutely said it, woo. This is the REALITY: truth2power Aug 2014 #206
Well said Woo. nm rhett o rick Aug 2014 #215
I believe West to be way more accomplished than Toure ... Fantastic Anarchist Aug 2014 #161
damn straight grasswire Aug 2014 #27
Wow.. unreal.. you would discount someone because they only have one name.. Cha Aug 2014 #105
To put Toure in the same sentence as Beyonce and those others is quite an insult to him. Liberal_Stalwart71 Aug 2014 #223
who the heck is Toure? Marrah_G Aug 2014 #39
Cornel West thought that by tying his wagon to Obama's star, it would elevate him . . . . Major Hogwash Aug 2014 #64
LOL!!!! Capt. Obvious Aug 2014 #103
You nailed it, Major Hogwash brush Aug 2014 #121
Perhaps Dr. West felt he was owed a ticket, if not a full Inaugural Presentation as had Jay-Z and WinkyDink Aug 2014 #127
You're too kind, elleng Aug 2014 #7
I have told of my encounter with Dr. West on DU before; but ... 1StrongBlackMan Aug 2014 #21
Oh my word, how I would have PAID to see the expression in that hack's eyes Number23 Aug 2014 #36
He won't redeem himself JustAnotherGen Aug 2014 #78
ha Quayblue Aug 2014 #37
I stopped listening to NPR... sheshe2 Aug 2014 #46
Hand shake or Hug? eom 1StrongBlackMan Aug 2014 #102
Hug :) sheshe2 Aug 2014 #183
I'm sure it would be okay ... 1StrongBlackMan Aug 2014 #185
LOL~ sheshe2 Aug 2014 #186
Oh boy!! bravenak Aug 2014 #48
I missed that - but it's classic! JustAnotherGen Aug 2014 #77
I think Dr. West learned ... 1StrongBlackMan Aug 2014 #104
And also that Princeton and Harvard . . . brush Aug 2014 #125
I don't know about that ... 1StrongBlackMan Aug 2014 #138
Thanks for this, Man. elleng Aug 2014 #165
Post removed Post removed Aug 2014 #12
If liking Cornel West is required to be a Democrat, conservaphobe Aug 2014 #15
I agree. Same thing for believing in white privilege or supporting Eddie Snowden, too, IMHO. AverageJoe90 Aug 2014 #191
I usually enjoy listening to Professor West but, I have to agree with your point here. 3rdwaydem Aug 2014 #18
Welcome to DU gopiscrap Aug 2014 #135
Thank you 3rdwaydem Aug 2014 #166
You're welcome!!! gopiscrap Aug 2014 #171
Message auto-removed Name removed Aug 2014 #204
West Nails Obama IMHO cantbeserious Aug 2014 #4
+ 1000 !!! orpupilofnature57 Aug 2014 #84
so you have no problem that West always makes references to the President's color when he critisizes still_one Aug 2014 #87
criticizes nt LWolf Aug 2014 #109
A little history on West and Smiley v Obama brush Aug 2014 #126
Redirection Through Character Assassination cantbeserious Aug 2014 #134
You mean what West and Smiley are doing? nt brush Aug 2014 #137
No - The Logical Fallacy Used By You In Redirecting Away From The OP cantbeserious Aug 2014 #140
Get serious brush Aug 2014 #142
Back At You - Logical Fallacies Are To Be Avoided In Debates cantbeserious Aug 2014 #144
Maybe so, but facts about the issue — no. nt brush Aug 2014 #146
All Redirection - While Avoiding The OP Topic - Classic Logical Fallacy Debate Tactics cantbeserious Aug 2014 #148
West vendetta against Obama is central to the OP brush Aug 2014 #149
Ever More Redirection - Always Avoiding The OP cantbeserious Aug 2014 #150
All your posts are about alleged misdirection and avoidance brush Aug 2014 #151
Yet More Misdirection cantbeserious Aug 2014 #155
Ok. I get it — a one-trick pony. nt brush Aug 2014 #159
Ad Hominem Attack - Another Logical Fallacy cantbeserious Aug 2014 #160
LOL BainsBane Aug 2014 #193
Try Reading Them Again cantbeserious Aug 2014 #200
I'm sorry but brush is true JustAnotherGen Aug 2014 #152
Brush Used A Logical Fallacy To Redirect The OP Topic Off-Topic cantbeserious Aug 2014 #157
Why don't you tell us what the point of the OP is? BainsBane Aug 2014 #194
Because You Can Read For Yourself cantbeserious Aug 2014 #199
Thanks for the support, JustAnotherGen brush Aug 2014 #164
Yeah - see the response to me above JustAnotherGen Aug 2014 #173
More Ad Hominem Attack - Yet Again A Logical Debating Fallacy cantbeserious Aug 2014 #179
Do you have a computer program BainsBane Aug 2014 #195
When One Is Non-Reponsive To The The OP - One Gets The Same Reply cantbeserious Aug 2014 #198
" it's okay to hold him up." Well, not in my eyes. AverageJoe90 Aug 2014 #190
You're pissed off that someone is engaging in character assassination BainsBane Aug 2014 #192
I Am Not Pissed At Anyone - The Poster That Did Not Read The OP Is Pissed cantbeserious Aug 2014 #201
As you yourself say, you 'cantbeserious.' elleng Aug 2014 #167
Ad Hominem Attack - A Logical Fallacy cantbeserious Aug 2014 #168
All over the page. woo me with science Aug 2014 #170
Agreed - Blatantly Obvious cantbeserious Aug 2014 #174
Did you just agree with your own post? BklnDem75 Aug 2014 #227
Hack coughs up bitter hairball of envy. Ikonoklast Aug 2014 #228
Envy Of Whom? cantbeserious Aug 2014 #229
Those whom he feels have slighted him, done him a personal injury by not being properly obsequious. Ikonoklast Aug 2014 #230
Seems That Much Projection Is Speculated Without Corroboration cantbeserious Aug 2014 #231
I've read what he's written, listened to the words from his own mouth. Ikonoklast Aug 2014 #232
West doesn't want a president, he wants a king. JaneyVee Aug 2014 #10
After reading the article brentspeak Aug 2014 #13
That's gonna leave a mark. Octafish Aug 2014 #14
What a tragic waste woo me with science Aug 2014 #24
Wow! Just Wow! sheshe2 Aug 2014 #43
The righteous indignation doesn't seem fitting. Octafish Aug 2014 #141
This message was self-deleted by its author woo me with science Aug 2014 #175
You're not saying anything that hasn't been noted over and over and over again Number23 Aug 2014 #180
I don't know what you are talking about. Egnever Aug 2014 #213
Oh my word! woo me with science Aug 2014 #218
Oh, you most definitely ARE just another member Number23 Aug 2014 #233
+1 woo me Tommymac Aug 2014 #220
He just hates that the president is black. n/t hughee99 Aug 2014 #16
Cornell West hates that the president is black? ellenrr Aug 2014 #79
No - that he doesn't kiss JustAnotherGen Aug 2014 #112
I wouldn't be surprised at any reactions. Black people are no more monolithic than ellenrr Aug 2014 #119
I got ya! JustAnotherGen Aug 2014 #123
Isn't that the standard defense of the president? hughee99 Aug 2014 #147
Cornell, don't hate the player, hate the game. aikoaiko Aug 2014 #19
"The torturers go free. The Wall Street executives go free. The war crimes in the Middle East, tularetom Aug 2014 #20
finding it difficult AtomicKitten Aug 2014 #25
Nothing he said.. sendero Aug 2014 #26
I think if it were a matter of defending the president, that's one thing, ellenrr Aug 2014 #83
Huh? ProfessorGAC Aug 2014 #94
If you could be specific about what in the post you don't understand, ellenrr Aug 2014 #115
This part: "He posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit." Chathamization Aug 2014 #30
None of it is untrue... deathrind Aug 2014 #59
now tularetom...don't confuse people with facts. nt ellenrr Aug 2014 #80
Charles Graner. There are others but you just asked for one. nt. NCTraveler Aug 2014 #116
Literally, you are correct, many people at the bottom of the food chain went to jail tularetom Aug 2014 #158
Numerous tortures went to jail. Numerous people on Wall Street went to jail. NCTraveler Aug 2014 #162
I've tried to be polite in this DU community bigtree Aug 2014 #22
interesting way to put it G_j Aug 2014 #32
Professor West speaks the truth. woo me with science Aug 2014 #23
... sheshe2 Aug 2014 #53
You must stop following me around, sheshe. woo me with science Aug 2014 #54
Nope~ sheshe2 Aug 2014 #58
Yes, some of us are actually human. woo me with science Aug 2014 #117
You are not supposed to call other DUers trolls or sock puppets without proof. nt tblue37 Aug 2014 #205
Is he STILL pissed off about not getting special treatment at the inauguration? MohRokTah Aug 2014 #28
Yep. Ego very easily bruised that one. nt stevenleser Aug 2014 #38
Exactly JustAnotherGen Aug 2014 #81
Right, I'm sure this public intellectual bases everything he says on what happened at the ellenrr Aug 2014 #88
He started going off on Obama the day after the inauguration. MohRokTah Aug 2014 #100
Yep Go Vols Aug 2014 #169
This message was self-deleted by its author PragmaticLiberal Aug 2014 #187
Yep. It's election time apples and oranges Aug 2014 #29
Cornel West speaks the truth. JEB Aug 2014 #31
+ 1,000,000,000.00 n/t Peregrine Took Aug 2014 #176
Spot on. (nt) bigwillq Aug 2014 #33
He's spot on. /nt Marr Aug 2014 #34
"Where The Hell Were These Blackademics Before 2008?" Or 2009? Cha Aug 2014 #40
I stopped listening to NPR a long time ago. sheshe2 Aug 2014 #44
Thank you for reading the research done by Don on what the President was doing Cha Aug 2014 #45
and... sheshe2 Aug 2014 #51
Thank you, she~ "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man Cha Aug 2014 #56
Bingo! eom sheshe2 Aug 2014 #61
Some of us were right here JustAnotherGen Aug 2014 #86
Yes, you were, Gen.. the President intiated My Brothers Keeper to help start a whole new generation Cha Aug 2014 #95
Yep! JustAnotherGen Aug 2014 #110
I did too, Gen~ A brilliant Initiative from the President to pass down through time for Cha Aug 2014 #111
I'm trying to explain to the OP - I feel bad for her JustAnotherGen Aug 2014 #113
That's their ol standby.. "hero worship of Obama" when they can't Cha Aug 2014 #120
when civil rights are violated by goverments questionseverything Aug 2014 #145
that's a curious standard, considering we needed to vote to make him president bigtree Aug 2014 #47
+1 villager Aug 2014 #52
I also met Dr. West at an anti-war march in DC deutsey Aug 2014 #99
All of those accomplishments . . . brush Aug 2014 #128
I don't recall him wearing knickers bigtree Aug 2014 #139
The tired tactics of these folks are transparent, bigtree. TheKentuckian Aug 2014 #203
+1000 blackspade Aug 2014 #212
Thank you, bigtree. I'm a little late to this thread... truth2power Aug 2014 #207
Thank you for that information on Dr. West. n/t xocet Aug 2014 #216
Perfect riposte Cha. ucrdem Aug 2014 #50
Yes, the President has history actually helping people.. Black, White, and all shades and you Cha Aug 2014 #57
Thanks Cha . . . ucrdem Aug 2014 #63
It's our Political board to interact, ucr.. and Everything is Politics now.. Air, Water, Food, Cha Aug 2014 #68
You know what I'd like to see? Major Hogwash Aug 2014 #55
"..they'd both wind up as best friends!".. Hellfire's Yes.. they'd bond over Cha Aug 2014 #60
OMG! Perfect! sheshe2 Aug 2014 #62
So true! JustAnotherGen Aug 2014 #90
Thank you. lovemydog Aug 2014 #75
Hi lovemydog.. I absolutely love academics.. all that studying and Cha Aug 2014 #76
I hear ya Cha lovemydog Aug 2014 #91
Hope you have a great Tuesday, lmd.. and speaking of Academics.. :) Cha Aug 2014 #96
I love that TR quote ... 1StrongBlackMan Aug 2014 #114
Good point, 1StrongBlackMan.. Cha Aug 2014 #129
Holy cow Egnever Aug 2014 #214
Mahalo, Egnever~ Cha Aug 2014 #217
I wonder... CakeGrrl Aug 2014 #41
Most of the people who think Obama is not progressive enough think that eridani Aug 2014 #97
I admit I didn't read the article MurrayDelph Aug 2014 #42
I took a look and there's no there there. ucrdem Aug 2014 #49
Daayumm! sheshe2 Aug 2014 #65
Thanks sheshe! Holder is about the only current cabinet member he can name ucrdem Aug 2014 #67
Holy Shit! sheshe2 Aug 2014 #70
Pretty awful. ucrdem Aug 2014 #72
... sheshe2 Aug 2014 #73
.. ucrdem Aug 2014 #74
The hatefullness of Cornel's rhetoric matches that of quite a few of the head nodders Number23 Aug 2014 #181
Yes, I noticed that Number23. sheshe2 Aug 2014 #184
Yeah, ucr.. West hates this guy.. "Our National Treasure".. Cha Aug 2014 #89
Quite conveniently they do ignore all of the President's Accomplishment which are Cha Aug 2014 #66
Cornel hasn't exactly showered himself with glory has he. ucrdem Aug 2014 #69
The jerk can't criticize the president without making a reference about the presidents race. To me still_one Aug 2014 #85
Times 1000 JustAnotherGen Aug 2014 #92
Sad to kick this one. grahamhgreen Aug 2014 #71
If Cornel West just criticized the President and his policies that would be understandable, but the still_one Aug 2014 #82
So agree, still_one. The more research on this guy the Cha Aug 2014 #130
That actually is a different issue, his personality, which is subjective. When he was on Bill Maher still_one Aug 2014 #131
Oh, I've been seeing a lot of articles come up with his quotes since this OP.. and Cha Aug 2014 #133
I feel the same way still_one Aug 2014 #136
Post removed Post removed Aug 2014 #98
Kicked and recommended a whole bunch! Enthusiast Aug 2014 #101
West is still just pissed Capt. Obvious Aug 2014 #106
Cornell West and Tavis Smiley Stellar Aug 2014 #107
Now is not the time to point fingers Hotler Aug 2014 #108
Cornel West is a fucking joke... SidDithers Aug 2014 #118
Wish I could rec JustAnotherGen Aug 2014 #154
Brown faced Clinton...pimp? maced666 Aug 2014 #122
Cornel West is a fraud Shivering Jemmy Aug 2014 #132
Oh, there's definitely a fraud being perpetrated here, woo me with science Aug 2014 #143
love the attack on 'leftism' bigtree Aug 2014 #156
Exactly correct! JEB Aug 2014 #188
Folks will dump anything on DU as long JTFrog Aug 2014 #153
Unrec. n/t NYC Liberal Aug 2014 #172
If Obama did everything that Cornel West wanted him to do.... Yavin4 Aug 2014 #178
So I take it that all the West bashers are just fine with JEB Aug 2014 #182
++ ellenrr Aug 2014 #196
Amen, JEB. thanks. n/t truth2power Aug 2014 #208
I hate to say this, but.....Cornell West is a bit of an idiot. AverageJoe90 Aug 2014 #189
I wish Obama had a decent congress that would not block everything good. eom uppityperson Aug 2014 #197
He Had one for 2 years and squandered it away. Tommymac Aug 2014 #221
No, he didn't. The Party of No had enough to block most everything. uppityperson Aug 2014 #222
Funny how Reagan and Bush got things done... Tommymac Aug 2014 #224
Funny how people criticized the dictatorial policies of bush and seek the same from Obama. uppityperson Aug 2014 #225
Whatever. Not what I said. But facts speak for themselves. Tommymac Aug 2014 #226
I couldn't find one thing wrong with Dr. West's complaint... MrMickeysMom Aug 2014 #202
He's free to complain but he's poorly informed. Specifically: ucrdem Aug 2014 #210
Complete exaggeration treestar Aug 2014 #209
Exactamundo. ucrdem Aug 2014 #211
"Complete exaggeration".. Yes, and of course that's why so Recs from those who can "find nothing Cha Aug 2014 #219
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