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Racial Justice Means “Pay Up!” & Obama Library Fails to Deliver

Written by Joe Scudder

A Chicago Tribune editorial criticizes Obama for not delivering racial justice, by which she means loot.

Dahleen Glanton is a Chicago Tribune reporter who has written about complaints that Barack Obama’s library isn’t delivering racial justice in the Chicago South Side. Her own editorial not only reports on these complaints but itself is an additional complaint. Actually, the complaint is really about a failure to give black groups money.

Under the headline, “Obama’s promises for presidential center may not be enough this time for African-Americans,” she writes:

Black people’s expectations for Obama always have been set too high.

From the moment he won the Democratic nomination, African-Americans began envisioning a country that was more inclusive than it ever had been. Finally, the playing field would be at eye level for everyone, giving blacks and other minorities a chance to compete fairly for the bounties America has to offer.

Even then, blacks overestimated Obama’s power in Washington.

But in the context of her column “more inclusive,” a level “playing field, and “a chance to compete fairly” all mean one thing only: goodies.

Obama opened the door to the backlash when he appeared on a video at the foundation’s first public meeting last week and said flat-out that there would be no community benefits agreement.

Such a legal document, he said, would force the foundation to side with certain activist groups and leave others out. And, he added, it would open the door for other groups to step up and start making demands.

Indeed, it would.

Barack Obama has lived his political life by this brand of racial justice. I have to admit it is an exquisite pleasure to see him dying by such racial justice.

And it gets better.

The meeting devolved into a “shouting match” where Obama’s discontents blamed his white mother for Obama’s lack of love for Chicago’s urban African Americans. What else beside a cold heart could explain the former president’s reluctance to sign away wealth in a legally enforceable contract?

His defenders appealed to Michelle Obama! They essentially admitted that Obama was beset with white privilege but argued that Michelle was an authentic South Side Chicago black who was loyal to her community.

None of this was condemned by Glanton. She considered the loot demanders to be fighters for racial justice!

Read the entire Chicago Tribune article.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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