Authors Dr. Todd Steven Burroughs and Paul Street discuss their reviews of David Garrow‘s Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama.  We also discussed the liberal limitations of Garrow’s criticism and the omission of Left critiques by “alternative” and “Left” media outlets.


And please also enjoy the referenced Derrick Bell interview and our archive of debates and discussions of Barack Obama.


  1. In Jordan Peele’s hit movie, “Get Out”; Chris, the protagonist goes to meet his white girlfriend’s father [Dean ] who is what you would call a double- edged liberal. He tells Chris, if it was possible he would have voted for Obama a third time, but subliminally, really appreciating Obama for not having a black agenda. From ‘jump street’, it was apparent via the presidential primaries that Barack Obama would not do much for black people if elected. If you want to become President of the United States there are certain codes of ethics one has to subscribe to. You must definitely have to sell yourself out to multinational corporations that provide a lot of financial banking, and once they provide the money they expect to get something back. Obama received his largest contribution from Goldman Sachs, over one million dollars. Other sources were Citi Group, Morgan Stanley, J. P. Morgan Chase and U B S. As a people, we have to look beyond symbolism or tokenism–“wow, the first black president”; but see what this government has become, totally ignoring “We the People”and championing plutocracy [ government controlled by the wealthy ]. We not only have massive wealth and income inequality, but a power structure which protects that inequality. This oligarchical type of governing needs to–“Get Out”!

  2. “I was raised as an Indonesian child and a Hawaiian child and as a black child and as a white child. So what I benefited from is a multiplicity of cultures that all fed me.”

    “I spent time outside of the United States, which gives you a perspective on how people of all kinds of different races, ethnicities, religions, and backgrounds can figure out ways to divide themselves and try to be superior to others, so that I ended up looking at race in America as one example of a broader human problem, rather than something that was unique and I was trapped in.”

    “I was trying to raise myself to be a black man in America, and beyond the given of my appearance, no one around me seemed to know exactly what that meant.”

    Barack Obama sees Chattel Slavery, i.e. the forced migration of millions of people; reducing them to property to produce wealth for their owners and the nation they were building via theft and genocide, and systematically stripping those millions of people of their humanity and culture as one example of a broader human problem, rather than as one of the most unique experiences in history.

    Obama did not have the historical experience to recognize that he was a tool of some elements of the White Supremacy Dynamic, and that he was trapped by other elements. Perhaps that did not matter, because it would become enormously self-aggrandizing in the long term.

  3. Excellent as usual. A friend called me and asked for my support as they want to run for city council. I asked their thoughts on Oscar Lopez being forced from The PR Parade. Their view was that it was a good thing because he was a terrorist. Sadly that’s the kind of thinking we will receive from many new age black politicians who want to follow the BO playbook

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