Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, an Associate Professor of African-American History at Princeton University, recently tore into President Obama for having a “non-existent agenda for black Americans.” Taylor’s speech, delivered to a socialist group at Temple University, told her audience that the shooting in Ferguson had done more to open up a dialogue on racism and discrimination than Obama has done in his six years in office.
Taylor would go on to rip the President and MSNBC’s Al Sharpton for lacking “meaningful solutions to the crises that inflict black communities.” The professor criticized Sharpton for wanting to maintain his relationship with the President rather than challenge him on his “lukewarm” plan to address crises in the black community.
Attorney General Eric Holder was also a target of Taylor’s, saying his appearances in Ferguson and during the Trayvon Martin shooting were nothing more than “a performance.”
Via Campus Reform:
An Ivy League professor last week accused President Obama of possessing a “lukewarm, nonexistent agenda for black Americans,” during a speech to a group of socialists at a Temple University.
Associate Professor of African-American History at Princeton University Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, delivered the speech Thursday and had harsh words not only for Obama, but also Reverend Al Sharpton and Attorney General Eric Holder.
“[N]either Sharpton, Obama, or the tens of thousands of other black elected officials in this country have any meaningful solutions to the crises that inflict black communities,” she said.
“[M]any of them are more concerned with protecting their proximity to the first black president than actually challenging him on his lukewarm, nonexistent agenda for black Americans,” she continued.
Taylor said that Obama and Sharpton were more concerned with improving conditions in the African-American community by doing things she deems racist, like pulling up one’s pants or showing up to school on time.
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Taylor has long held these views against President Obama, calling him a coward in 2011 for failing to intervene in a capital punishment case involving an African-American in Georgia, and chastising him again for doing very little to solve economic calamities in the black community.
And to think, the morning after Election Day, 2008, The New York Times proclaimed that Barack Obama’s victory had swept “away the last racial barrier in American politics.”
Six years later, some people actually view him as just another barrier for the black community to overcome.
The entire speech can be seen at Campus Reform.
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