If you talk to many African Americans you will discover their distinctive take on the political landscape of the United States over the past eight years, leading up to the current political and constitutional crisis. The perspective of African Americans goes a long way toward explaining how Donald Trump was able to ride a wave of anger into the White House, with half-hearted … [Read more...] about How African Americans Interpret the Current Crisis in American Politics
Barack and Michelle Obama have jointly secured a $60 million book deal and the former president is about to make $400,000 for a single speech before a Wall Street investment firm. This has created a minor scandal among American progressives. At the core of the controversy is whether or not Africans in America, when successful, should be able to enjoy the same rights, … [Read more...] about Why Is There Controversy Over Mr. Obama’s Speaking Fees?
The election is over, Donald J. Trump is now the President-elect of the United States and the inevitability of Hillary Clinton turned out not to be so inevitable after all. What went wrong? As I had pointed out in previous posts for Africa on the Blog, African American support for Hillary Clinton has never been so great as mass media have imaged; this is particularly true when … [Read more...] about What Trump’s Victory Means for Africans in America
I am reading Walter Brueggermann's The Practice of Prophetic Imagination and thinking about the video that was released last night by the Tulsa, Oklahoma Police Department. Yet another unarmed black male, this time with his hands raised in the air, was shot to death by officers as he was apparently seeking their assistance for his immobilized vehicle. Brueggermann writes … [Read more...] about Prophetic Imagination: Americans Struggle with Conflicting Values
I usually find it somewhat amusing to hear American politicians and American political parties as they talk to, or about, African American communities. When you listen to them it is pretty clear that they often are not actually talking to us; they are talking to someone else about us in order to polish their image and buck up their standing in the polls. The descriptions of … [Read more...] about American Media, American Politicians and African American Communities