Where Melissa Harris-Lacewell left off Elon James White has picked up, ran and punted the trio of Cornel West, Michael Eric Dyson and Tavis Smiley.
Taking the professor to task over some crazy ish he said in Rolling Stone, White wonders why Cornel West would say he would rather be in a “crack house” than the White House. Or the outside rather than the inside of the Obama Administration? Is he trying to be a rebel or amazingly stupid, White wonders?
Dr. West is a part of a group of Black intelligentsia that sees it as their job to step up and police President Obama on his dealings on Blackness. West, Tavis Smiley, Michael Eric Dyson and others see themselves as the voice of the Black plight and will not allow Obama to ignore the very people that got him into office! With constant cries for racially charged fixes for issues within the black community, they stand at the sidelines with their noses held in disgust at his lack of true understanding, or better yet, lack of actual caring about the issues of, as Dyson keeps yelling, the people who put him in office.
Here’s a question:
If Dr. West was offered a position in the Obama administration, why in holy hell would he not take it? Why would he turn down a direct line to the powers that be? Why would he rather do his work from a crack house than from the power base of our government? Why would he chose his current place in lieu of a position of actual power and ability to influence and change the issues that he so emphatically claims need the direct attention of higher government?
Interesting point, White. Could you elaborate some more? Like perhaps your response to this statement by Michael Eric Dyson — He is willing to sacrifice the interests of African-Americans in deference to a conception of universalism because it won’t offend white people. (via Youtube.com)
Could someone explain to me at exactly what point my interests were sacrificed? The fact that Obama hasn’t stepped up to the podium and yelled, “Blackity Black Black. We gots ta get some black ish handled!” means he’s some how sacrificed my interests?
Fascinating. Read the rest here on Huffington Post.