On June 22 notable black scholar Cornel West remarked that President Obama’s inability to label the Charleston shooting an act of “white supremacism” effectively “Niggerized” the Commander in Chief. “I would say the first black president has become the first ‘Niggerized’ black president” West told CNN.
Why? A Niggarized black person is a person who is afraid and scared and intimidated when it comes to putting a spotlight on white supremacy and fighting against white supremacy.
As West observes, the uncanny verb “Niggerize” suggests the psychic and cultural compulsion to assume the role of slave, with all of the connotations suggested for the subjugation of individual and collective history bound up in the complexity of African American identity and experience.
West’s allegiance to “democratic socialism” prevents him from critiquing the welfare state that has decimated black families and communities since the late 1960s. One must further question West’s assertion in light of Obama’s own privileged background at elite preparatory and Ivy League institutions. Indeed, much of Obama’s experience with US segregation and racism was learned through his intellectual-political mentors, including US Communist Frank Marshall Davis and leftist agitator-terrorist Bill Ayers.
As early as 2002 West used the inflammatory “Niggerize’ term in a similarly divisive context. In an address at Harvard Law School he drew on the “blowback thesis” prevalent in progressive-left circles to assert that the United States population was forced to take the position of victim through the events of September 11, 2001, intimating the attacks sprang from decades of violence meted out by the US military around the world. The “white supremacist” response, he suggests, was characterized by “revenge, retaliation, where the big folk on the block gonna hunt you down and crush you like a cockroach.”
Setting aside the craven logic of blowback committed to by the academic and pedestrian left alike, one might further question why West, whose father was a US Department of Defense contractor and who is presently a fellow at the historically Rockefeller-funded Union Theological Seminary (where he assumed his first academic post in the 1980s) would not take the opportunity to transcend the moment and point to the broader “Niggerization” of all American people by Obama and the US Congress via the fast-tracking and inevitable ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership crafted by the international corporate cartels. Indeed, it is no secret that “Obamacare” and such “free trade” deals are among the foremost goals of Obama before his departure from office.
The slavemaster corporate elite who control the global cartels–Soros, Gates, Buffett and their cohorts at Davos, Bilderberg and other fora–are Obama’s true overseers. So too are they the real “Niggerizers” of the world population, as evidenced in what is known thus far concerning such pending “trade agreements” and the feudalistic system their authors intend to implement.
Alongside Obamacare America’s first black president has placed every American citizen on the auction block, selling them at bargain-basement prices to the transnational corporate supremacists who will strip them of their last Constitutional protection of due process whereby they might meagerly contest the undermining of environmental and workplace rights at home and the misuse of their nation’s military abroad.
In the broader context of so-called “free markets” thoroughly ignored by West’s promotion of racial antagonism, Obama’s shameless advocacy of transnational corporate economic hegemony signals the twilight of humanity and its manifold experience of struggle for freedom and dignity.
Professor James F. Tracy is an Associate Professor of Media Studies at Florida Atlantic University. James Tracy’s work on media history, politics and culture has appeared in a wide variety of academic journals, edited volumes, and alternative news and opinion outlets. James is editor of Union for Democratic Communication’s Journal Democratic Communiqué and a contributor to Project Censored’s forthcoming publication Censored 2013: The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2011-2012. Additional writings and information are accessible at memoryholeblog.com.