Barack Obama's speech made on Father's Day several weeks ago didn't impress Vassar Professor Tyrone Simpson. "Among the many reasons why Mr. Obama's words last month were so piercingly painful," Simpson writes in this week's edition of the Black Agenda Report, "was because of how uncaringly they misrepresented and mishandled a story like my father's and those of other black fathers like him." Simpson wrote a piece for the online journal labeling the presumptive Democratic nominee as disrespectful and catering to the (white) masses.
Here is an excerpt from Professor Simpson's article:
"Barack's condemnation of fugitive black fathers is not the airing of dirty laundry; it is pointing to lines of dirty laundry already suspended above the grass while ignoring the flock of guilty pigeons perched indifferently above them.
"In delivering this critique without an equal meditation on the socioeconomic factors that frustrate good black fatherhood, Obama's speech does not signal the intrepid leadership one would expect of a political messiah. Instead it steeps the candidate in second-rate mimicry, and reveals a cynical ploy to amass popular support by conjuring up, for the purposes of banishing, a bogeyman that holds only a modest threat: the absent black father."
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