The Black Presidency Analysis

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1. Michael Eric Dyson’s made a lot of points and argument on his critique of, ‘The Black Presidency” in the video that we watch in class. In his argument he made the connection that President Barack Obama’s presidency whether we want to believe it to be true or not significantly change the ways in which we look at not only American Politics but society as a whole. In the one hour and fifty something minutes video Dyson eloquently stated the fact that one President Barack Obama, presidency has change the way in which race relations are viewed and depicts in the terms of a black man being in such high political power. He mention the way in which president Obama’s election to office gives a blueprint on how blackness can engage race with a black …show more content…
Black Politics Today, by Theodore J. Davis Jr, was quite an interesting book to read. I thought he did a wonderful job explaining the changes in black politics from the 1950’s to present day time. He did an excellent job of going over the different eras of black politics and how the collectivism of black ideologies and thoughts have disperse and divided up since the Civil Rights Era to now in terms or socioeconomics, education, class, and just the black individualism as an whole. It illustrations the ways in which the change of the black race has also changed the ways in the black agenda and experience from the late 50’s to now present day society. In chapter one Davis speaks about the evolution of black politics which was fight for the rights of the black community in the late 1950’s to the 1960’s. In summary the intersection of race and class has less and less influence on black politics as time moved on from once political era to the next. In the second and third chapter of the book Davis analysis the way in which socioeconomics division in the black community eventually lead to the growth of the black upper class. In chapter four Davis speaks on the fact that black and whites opinion on regarding the socioeconomics era has discuss the relevance it would have on the future of black race in America. In chapter five he spoke about the black votes and how as time passed the black votes have been represented less and less. In chapter six, he made the point of critiquing …show more content…
A profound argument that Dyson made in his video interview is that, “Dr. King will produce a Barack Obama, but Obama will never produce a King.” This was such a profound statement that it took me quite some time to digest and understand what Dyson really meant by that. In in really thinking I have come to the understanding that, though harsh Dyson was right. I say this because if you look at both man’s work and the objectivity that it has made on not just the black race, but just race in general in America, you are able to understand that Dr. King did a lot more than Obama has ever done. While both men will go down in black and American history as great revolutionaries, Dr. King was bolder and more radicalize than Obama would ever dream of being. Dr. King had a lot more burden to bear. He had not only the black race that was looking to him for answers and guidance, but he was subconsciously aware that he might be a martyr which he eventually was, in the fight for freedom, equality and justice for an entire nation of people. Dr. King’s image and legacy is personified in a God complex, where we died and was raised in the hope and image of Obama to signify the birth of a new era and time. And in that sense Obama as good of a president as he is will never be able to manifest that thought and image in America or even the world as how King was able to do, and that is why Dyson’s statement resonate as the truth with

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