Obama Returns to Harlem, but Were the Black Folks Kept Out?

From the Amsterdam News

After more than two years in office, the first president of African descent finally made his way to the historic cultural and intellectual center of Black America, Harlem.
And for many in the Harlem community, his visit was nothing short of a big letdown.

The president made two stops: at Harlem’s new “it” spot the Red Rooster (a restaurant), and at the always tony Studio Museum of Harlem (the place that is the beneficiary of a favorite charity soirée of the up-and-coming and arrived Black professional class of New York City).

But the DNC events in Harlem saw few Black professionals or members of the Harlem establishment at last night’s events. While Harlem’s Black politicos were well represented at the Studio Museum, and the president gave shout-outs to Rangel, Dinkins, Perkins, Wright and Dickens, a casual scan of the audience showed that between 80 and 85 percent of the audience was neither African-American nor Latino, the core of the Harlem community.

“I was thinking we would see more of the community and community leaders,” said State Sen. Bill Perkins. “These seem to be the early money people, the financial supporters,” he said.

Earlier in the evening some 50 people (one observer estimated there were four of five Black guests) forked over $30,800 apiece to attend the Democratic National Committee’s fundraiser at the Red Rooster. A block away, more than 200 demonstrators braved an icy windchill factor, many of them unemployed or barely earning in a year the amount requested for one night in Obama’s Harlem venture.


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2 responses to “Obama Returns to Harlem, but Were the Black Folks Kept Out?

  1. When you pay close attention to Mr. Obama’s movements, his true positions on U.S. activities in American, and the World. You will see a person who continues to prove that he is not really in power. You will see a person who is the “black’ face of the Anglo-Elite who power the world from behind the scenes. African-Americans who are enlightened should understand this and therefore never bother to show up where their hopes and dreams and requests toward a better ‘America’ can not be realized, and most often totally ignored.

    Watch the puppet politicians put on their acts as they play their parts in taking down the social/financial structure of the U.S. and “Nations Of Color” around the world. (European Nations should start worrying too!)

    It appears the Anglo-Elite sociopaths have no honor among thieves.

    Politicians are liars. Obama is a politician therefore Obama is a liar. Politicians gain wealth from blood money, Obama is a politician therefore… Try to see the government structure without its disingenuous cloak!

  2. Dr Eldon Pittman

    President Obama is a proven leader. His black detractors make weak protests that he is not “black” enough. What they omit is what they are doing that is blacker than what he is doing!

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