We’ve collected here our Barack Obama Debates Collection which include some of the earliest and most poignant/prescient criticism of the coming presidency from various perspectives from within the Black radical tradition.

1 & 2. Regathering in “Obamerica:” Now An Agenda?

On November 5, 2008 in Richmond, VA community members, activists, scholars and artists gathered to discuss issues of agenda and movement-building in an Obama era.  The panel featured Dhoruba Bin Wahad, Sa’ad El-Amin, Ana Edwards, Mark Bolden and Jared Ball.  The gathering was convened by Dr. Shawn Utsey of the African American Studies department at Virginia Commonwealth University.

3. The Great Harlem Debate: Is Obama Good For Black People?

On December 14, 2008 The Committee to Eliminate Media Offensive to African People (CEMOTAP) and Dr. James McIntosh hosted the first of their Great Harlem Debates on the value of Barack Obama to Black people and the world.  Speakers included Drs. James Turner, Donald Smith, Marimba Ani, Dhoruba bin-Wahad and many more…

4. The Great Harlem Debate 2: 6 Months In Is Obama Good For Black People?

On June 28, 2009 The Committee to Eliminate Media Offensive to African People (CEMOTAP) and Dr. James McIntosh convened the second Great Harlem Debate on the value of Barack Obama.  Here only those who stood against the notion of Obama’s positive value are included: Dr. Marimba Ani, Nellie Bailey, Glen Ford, Diop Olugbala, Jared Ball.

3 thoughts on “The Barack Obama Debates Collection

  1. The all debate around and about Barack Obama is wrong for many reasons but just want to mentioned the following two main among others:
    1) Blacks (Africans and African-Americans wanted to see in Obama as a Messiah like Yahshua came but was not recognized by even the genuine Children of Israel, the Blacks now spread all over the world mainly in USA.
    2) Obama as such cannot change the system hold by the white supremacy led by the impostors Europeans Jews. I am not a fan of Obama but the true salvation of Blacks, apart recognizing Yahshua as the true Messiah, would be to fight against the system of the white supremacy and it cohort of Jews, not else if not just wasting your precious time.


  2. Of course, I did not say that the whole commentaries and criticisms are not of merit. But my argumentation was and remains that despite all, the main problem, the world in general but Blacks in particular do have, is the system behind everything. Obama is just a figure of chess as were and will be many others to come if not all of them since the dawn of time. The mankind (or let’s say, the victims of this diabolical system) won’t be able to change anything by replacing Bush by Obama or else without been able to attack the main matter which is the change the Game’s rules.


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