Will the Black Hollywood Elite Support President Obama the Second Time Around?

Samuel L. Jackson at the San Diego ComicCon 2008

Will the Black Hollywood Elite Support President Obama the Second Time Around? (Wikipedia)

Will the black Hollywood elite, which includes Samuel L. Jackson, Pauletta Washington (Denzel Washington’s wife) and Debbie Allen, support President Obama the second time around? It’s interesting, since some like Samuel L. Jackson, have expressed some ambivalence to his performance thus far. I guess I can ask the question of what has the black Hollywood elite done for blacks in the inner cities?

Daily Beast, Samuel L. Jackson says,  “Some days I agree with Dr. West and what he says about the president not dealing enough with the plight of the poor” says Jackson. “Then I think about how they won’t give him credit for anything… The president got about a week of moderate applause for capturing the most-wanted man in the world. You ask me, he should have put that motherf*cker on ice and defrosted his ass Nov. 1.”

There are also those players behind the scene, such as well-known retired lawyer Michael Lawson and his wife, Mattie Lawson, who have raised nearly $2 million for his various campaigns. Mattie Lawson didn’t want to support him in 2008, but changed her tune once she got to know him. They are ready to support the president’s reelection campaign.

President Obama is in a tough reelection race because many blacks are disillusioned with his record, particularly since many remain unemployed and having a hard time making ends meet. Many blacks, like staunch critics Tavis Smiley and Cornel West, believe his lack of attention to the needs of blacks and the poor will spell doom for his reelection. For me, it comes down to retraining and getting the right skillset. That should be pushed on the state level and not the federal level. If we can get more people retrained for careers involving healthcare, technology and manufacturing, for example, then we would be on our way to seeing a significant drop in the high unemployment rates and the middle class rising once again.

As for the black Hollywood elite, I’m pretty sure they have a vested interest in seeing President Obama win reelection and not Newt Gingrich. So, it’s a moot point, in my opinion to speculate on them failing to turn out in support of Barack Obama.

Cornel West & Ralph Nader Part of Group Seeking Candidates to Mount Primary Challenge Against President Obama in 2012

Cornel West and Ralph Nader part of group seeking liberal candidates to challenge President Obama in the upcoming primary ahead of 2012 general election.

Cornel West strikes again. This time, he’s part of a group, with consumer advocate Ralph Nader, who are seeking candidates willing to mount a primary challenge against President Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election. The group said it faults Obama for the escalation of military campaigns in Afghanistan and Pakistan, for extending tax cuts first enacted by George W. Bush and for his actions during the recent debt ceiling negotiations, according to the Washington Post.

The group said Saturday it is seeking six “recognizable, articulate” candidates who would not mount serious challenges to Obama, but “rigorously debate his policy stands” on issues related to labor, poverty, foreign policy, civil rights and consumer protections.

The group’s efforts come as Democrats are growing increasingly pessimistic about the country’s direction. Fewer than three-quarters of Democrats approve of Obama’s job performance, and less than a third believe the nation is headed in the right direction, according to the most recent Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Cornel West hasn’t been making any friends in the White House and I suspect many blacks won’t pay much attention to him either. What gets me is that he was largely missing in action when the black community was down and out before, so why the sudden care and compassion now? Um, where’s his sidekick Tavis Smiley? Joining Nader and West are Chris Townsend of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America and Brent Blackwelder, president emeritus of Friends of the Earth.

United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America

Professor Cornel West Says "Niggerized America Scared, Dominated & Beaten Down Since 911

Professor Cornel West says the “Niggerization of America” has led to everyone being scared, dominated and beaten down since 9/11..

Professor Cornel West has lost his mind, literally and figuratively. He recently said America has been “niggerized,” not just blacks, everyone is scared, dominated and beaten down since September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.