Minister Farrakhan: Should We As Black People Be Publicly Criticizing Barack Obama?

From Davey D’s Hip Hop Corner:

Last week Tavis Smiley held a summit/ round table called ‘We Count’. He had a number of people speaking including Minister Farrakhan. I think this is a series of videos well worth watching. Minister Farrakhan lays down a lot of things for us to keep in mind as we engage President Obama. He speaks to the issue of weather or not we  as Black people should be criticizing him in public – and if so how. This is in 3 parts.

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  • tonyviner

    Everybody needs to publicly criticize the President, no matter who he is, if you are unhappy with the way he is running things. Being able to do that with little chance of being silenced is one of the things that is truly great about this nation. In the case of Barack Obama, black people especially need to criticize the President, this way Rush Limbaugh will not continue to be called a racist for speaking his mind. For the record, I do believe, in my heart, that Rush Limbaugh is a fat, racist piece of shit.

  • Hadrian999

    if black people aren't allowed to criticize leadership do to some misguided sence of racial kinship
    they may as well be slaves again.

  • Randy

    The fact that they are even including this racist in this discourse not only removes any credibility of this discussion, but it also hurts the credibility of anyone who sits by him.

    I could care less about anything he has to say.

  • JP

    “He speaks to the issue of weather or not …”

    hard to take you seriously when you don't even know the difference between “weather” and “whether”, or that you don;t care enough to find out.

    • tonyviner

      I hate to be a stickler, but it is hard to take someone seriously when they do not know to capitalize the first letter of a sentence, and then follow up with a semi-colon in the word “don't” instead of an apostrophe. Did you not care enough to find out?

  • Polymorpheous

    of course black people should never criticize our black president!
    why would america want a nation full of critically thinking black people?
    wouldn't that be dangerous to the status quo?

  • GoodDoktorBad

    First of all, I'd like to say: A man can only be best defined objectively by what he DOES. Not his skin color or genetics. Stereo types are not accurate or dependable rules to live by.

    Solidarity based on race alone? If a bunch of caucasian people decided to get together and have a meeting about protecting their “white brother” from “other racial elements”, it would considered akin to a KKK meeting.
    By holding this “Black people only” meeting and not a multi cultural one where race itself might come closer to being a moot issue among those discussing it.

    Farrakhan's reputation alone should be enough to prove inflammatory to the racist white elements he speaks of. His very presence his a racist element.

    The woman in the video called out Farrakhan about “gender issues” and how he “shouldn't go there”. I find it ironic

    • tonyviner

      Of course what you say would only work in a rational world. Text me when you get there.

      • GoodDoktorBad

        I bought a ticket on the peace train but they haven't built the railroad yet….

  • 5by5

    I'm going to say the same thing on this score that I said to Republicans who got all pissy when people criticized Bush, for frankly many more justifiable reasons.

    Republican President Teddy Roosevelt responded to this very question saying, “The President should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, it is morally treasonable to the American public.”

  • Gest Jr

    Switch some of the details and you'll see how weak Farrakhan's argument is:

    Should I, as a white person, not publicly criticize Sarah Palin (or any other white person I think is foolish, misguided or dangerous)?

  • Truth

    “A black president don’t mean salvation for the black community”…he is a puppet like most of the former U.S presidents…New World Order = Destruction of mankind

  • Truth

    “A black president don't mean salvation for the black community”…he is a puppet like most of the former U.S presidents…New World Order = Destruction of mankind