Prof. John H. Bracey: Stop Treating President Obama Like “The Help.”

I don’t know about other black folks, but let me go on record and say that I support Barack Obama’s re-election simply because he’s black. Yes, I went there. Uh-huh, I did; but, I’m not exactly like George Will who suggested that the only reason Obama is beating Mitt Romney in the polls is because he’s black. According to Will, “the nation, which is generally reluctant to declare a president a failure — thereby admitting that it made a mistake in choosing him — seems especially reluctant not to give up on the first African American president. If so, the 2012 election speaks well of the nation’s heart, if not its head.” This ladies and gentlemen, is what White Supremacy sounds like; this is treating Obama like “the help.” He’s the president of the United States; he’s not your field hand.

Unlike Will, however, I acknowledge Obama’s accomplishments as president; I do not see Obama as the poster boy for incompetence. In fact, given the clear choice between him and Romney, it is quite obvious to me, that Obama has the better plan to move the country forward. But like one of my friends said recently,”It’s hard to be disappointed in Obama if you supported him in 2008… That is, unless you thought he was running to become Jesus or some other religious deity.” With that said, check out Prof. James H. Bracey in the following video — hopefully you get it.

Who is he you ask?

BIO: John H. Bracey, Jr. has taught in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst since 1972. His major interests are in African American social history, radical ideologies and movements, and the history of African American Women; more recently his interests have focused on the interactions between Native Americans and African Americans and Afro-Latinos in the United States. He previously taught Afro-American history at Northern Illinois University and at the University of Rochester. During the 1960s, he was active in the Civil Rights, Black Liberation, and other radical Movements in Chicago. His publications include several co-edited volumes, including Black Nationalism in America (1970), African-American Women and the Vote: 1837-1965 (1997), Strangers and Neighbors: Relations Between Blacks and Jews in the United States (1999), and African American Mosaic: A Documentary History from the Slave Trade to the Present (2004). Professor Bracey has co-edited (with the late August Meier and Elliott Rudwick) a number of other volumes on various aspects of African American experience. Bracey’s scholarship also includes editorial work [with August Meier and Sharon Harley] on the microfilm series Black Studies Research Sources (University Publications of America), which includes the Papers of the NAACP, A. Philip Randolph, Mary McLeod Bethune, the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, and Horace Mann Bond.

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