Political

Immigrant Militancy, Black Malaise

The Black Commentator
The massive demonstrations by immigrants and their supporters have been magnificent to behold – many hundreds of thousands in cities across the country, with total participation well over a million. Most progressives are ecstatic, believing that a new era of activism has begun. But, as a Black man, I’m feeling twinges of a different emotion: shame.

Backwards Thinking on Black Economic Development

The Black Commentator
There exists in the African American political conversation a great disconnect on the subject of “economic development.” Among some Black political tendencies, the term “economic development” is thought to be synonymous with individual entrepreneurship. That’s a very narrow definition of economic development, one that reduces most Blacks to the role of mere potential customers, who are expected to support individual Black businesspeople as if the survival of the Race depended on it.

An Open Letter To Black America: It Is Time To Bring Back Black

James Clingman Jr.
James Clingman Jr.
In recent years some nationally prominent Black leaders have complained that they resent being known as Black leaders, they say they want the world to know they are capable of leading anybody. Rather than demonstrate that leadership by leading their own people to the necessary levels of self- sufficiency and competitiveness, these leaders have abandoned the critical issues facing Black people and have begun to chase an ambiguous romanticized notion of alliances with other groups...

Freedom Rider: Should We Want a Black President?

I Want You
Is Barack Obama more worthy of Black "loyalty than any other Democrat?" The answer is no - Black America should not "purchase a lemon" just because the "seller looks like us." Obama has mastered the fine arts of bullshitology, while avoiding issues of core concern to African Americans in order to make white people feel comfortable. Although no worse than Hillary Clinton, Obama is no better either, on war, health care, the economy, mass incarceration or affirmative action. Why should Black America vote for a man who proclaims "there is no Black America?"