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Username: Yvettep

Post Number: 3348
Registered: 01-2005

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Posted on Saturday, January 17, 2009 - 12:16 pm:   

No disrespect to either Kam Williams or Dr. West. But I couldn't finish reading the whole interview. One thing Black intellectuals are going to have to do in this so-called "age of Obama" is to figure out what their place is in it. Some of the old rhetoric is just not going to cut it--all sorts of folks, of every stripe, just aren't having it.

It is especially interesting to me how Black intellectuals who have found their place in elite majority White institutions tend to sometimes disparage how Obama has succeeded in a (for now) majority White nation. Do they really think that they (unlike, presumably, Obama) have become successful in spite of being radically Black? No, they have succeeded because they were radically Black--they have been "allowed" to be who they are in order to add a little flavor and "diversity of thought" to the university culture. The fact of their being there is not a revolutionary act at all.

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