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A review on the Book "Restoring Hope" by Dr. Cornel West

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We cannot continue to assert, insinuate or "hope" our way into the hearts of the racists who oppose our every move. While we diddle with Obama's hope, they are on a fast track in the "active rollback mode," and are succeeding at it -- using every lever of power and action to their advantage. Right before our eyes, the whole Republican Party has morphed into a "legitimized racist anti-black, anti-minority Party" literally a "white Citizens Council, writ large" circa 2012, all out in the open and all under the convenient rubric of "being conservative." What they have, my friend is a definite "action program:" not Barack Obama's gauzy non-plan of audacious hope?

Even Newt Gingrich talks about revitalizing the inner cities. Mr. Obama apparently is not even "hoping" to revitalize them, because he is scared to go have a beer there. Maybe he needs to call Bill Clinton in to tell him what the black bars in Harlem look like? Sadly, so far, our only response to this national rollback challenge of the Republican Party has been to either join them (like Hermann Cain, Clarence Thomas, Linda Chavez, and J.C. Watts have done), or put our faith in yet another political Messiah peddling hope?   But it is precisely in this regard that Mr. Obama has made it clear in everyway that he knows how, that he does not want to be our "Messiah," or "savior," we blacks are treated as if we have a disease; as if we were an albatross around his neck? Yet we nevertheless cling to his empty messages of hope? If that were not enough, gratuitously and mockingly he has called us "professional liberals," and shakes his fists in the faces of the CBC and thus in the face of all black men, telling us we are all irresponsible, and admonishing us to get off the couches and out of our house shoes, and to stop whining?  

These gratuitous insults are painful coming from the same politician that Rev Wright had already warned us about: as being just another "Chicago politician." And so far, Rev Wright has been correct.   Barack Obama is the man that black people supported with 95% of our votes in the last election? A President who has visited Ireland but who has not yet gone to Harlem, or any other black American inner city ghetto where those who voted for him are suffering so? Now, we all feel a deep sense of betrayal, the kind that failed hope cannot repair.

In another interview in the book, Wynton Marsalis says that the Blues is a form of affirmation in the midst of darkness and thunder; it is an emotional way of resolving the conflict that results when hopes are dashed. Maybe that is why with Mr. Obama, black people must learn to sing the Blues again and in yet another minor key. Five Stars.

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Why is Newt talking about revitalizing the cities,... by Herbert Calhoun on Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 5:30:49 PM