- Oct 12, 2009
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Why Obama doesn't dare become the 'angry black man' - CNN.comCNN said:Why Obama doesn't dare become the 'angry black man'
By John Blake, CNN
June 9, 2010 1:26 p.m. EDT
Some of the same people crying for Obama to show more emotion would have voted against him if he had displayed anger during his presidential run, says William Jelani Cobb, author of "The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress."
"It would have fed deeply into a pre-existing set of narratives about the angry black man," Cobb says. "The anger would have gotten in the way. He would have frightened off white voters who were interested in him because he seemed to be like the black guy they worked with or went to graduate school with -- not a black guy who is threatening."
Obama, though, has spent a lifetime trying to rewrite that script, says Street, who says he worked with Obama in Chicago.
"He is Mr. Equanimity and Mr. Consolation," says Street. "That's how he negotiated his way through multiple worlds, and reached out across bridges."
In his 1995 memoir, "Dreams of My Father," Obama explained why he thought such negotiation was necessary when he met white people as a young man growing up in Hawaii.
"People were satisfied so long as you were courteous and smiled and made no sudden moves. Such a pleasant surprise to find a well-mannered young black man who didn't seem angry."
If Obama wants to go down as a great president, though, he may have to discover the political value of rage, others say.
So CNN is now making the excuse that Obama cannot show genuine anger without offending white voters who would view him as an "angry black man". The Presidents inaction, inability to lead and his inability to show genuine anger is all because of whitey or more succinctly - white discrimination. When all other excuses fail... the media has to play the race card, right?