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by Dr. Boyce Watkins Minister Louis Farrakhan, in a compelling address to President Barack Obama, made a plea to the president to consider coming to Chicago to see about the families of those who’ve been victimized by the astonishing epidemic of gun violence in the city over the past several years.  Farrakhan, who lives in the same south side neighborhood as Obama, asked the president to do the same for the victims of Chicago that he did for the families in Newtown, Connecticut who were the victims of the Sandy Hook School shooting. The video, which is below, is a respectful one.  Farrakhan is not yelling at President Obama or attack him.  In this plea, he is simply doing what we should all be doing:  Making it clear that our dead children are just as valuable as the children who die in the suburbs.  It’s hard to look past a president who flies to Colorado when people are shot in a suburban movie theater, and then cries publicly when other children are killed in an affluent part of Connecticut, yet simultaneously considers the death of boys in his own neighborhood to be nothing more than business as usual. Although Farrakhan’s remarks are gracious and his request is reasonable, he is sure to be met with opposition from those who feel that every black leader in America should be publicly dismantled for the sake of the new American aristocracy.  The saddest part of it is all is that when President Obama leaves office in 2016, he won’t be doing much work with the black community, but we will still be sitting in the socio-economic mess that has only gotten worse over the last four years. Some like to say that it’s not the president’s job to fix the problem when black boys are shooting one another.  The most interesting thing about this argument is that the president also has no obligation to help fix the problem when white people are being shot by white assailants.  It is only in the black community that we’ve become convinced that the justification for ignoring victims of violence leans on the fact that they have the misfortune of being the same race as the perpetrators.  This argument would never fly in white America, and every perpetual Obama apologist knows it. What I’m learning is that the Great Obama Divide occurring in the black community is quite simple: There are those of us who care deeply about poor black people and those of us who don’t.  Far too many black Americans have begun to confuse the symbolic fortunes of the Obama family with the success of the black community.  Michelle and Barack have become our king and queen, and in such a society, the well-being of the royal family means far more than the safety or happiness of a million peasants. The bottom line on President Obama is this:  Anyone who responds to critiques of Obama with anger are a danger to the well-being of the black community.  The success of any one politician should never be more important than the well-being of millions of people.  Also, anyone who voted for Obama and critiques his presidency could never been defined as an enemy to the Obama presidency.  If they were true enemies of Obama, they would have voted for someone else. The video is below: Dr. Boyce Watkins is a professor at Syracuse University and author of the book, “ Commercialized Hip-Hop: The Gospel of Self Destruction.” To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.

Min. Farrakhan to Obama: Come Speak to Parents of Dead Children in Chicago

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins

Minister Louis Farrakhan, in a compelling address to President Barack Obama, made a plea to the president to consider coming to Chicago to see about the families of those who’ve been victimized by the astonishing epidemic of gun violence in the city over the past several years.  Farrakhan, who lives in the same south side neighborhood as Obama, asked the president to do the same for the victims of Chicago that he did for the families in Newtown, Connecticut who were the victims of the Sandy Hook School shooting.

The video, which is below, is a respectful one.  Farrakhan is not yelling at President Obama or attack him.  In this plea, he is simply doing what we should all be doing:  Making it clear that our dead children are just as valuable as the children who die in the suburbs.  It’s hard to look past a president who flies to Colorado when people are shot in a suburban movie theater, and then cries publicly when other children are killed in an affluent part of Connecticut, yet simultaneously considers the death of boys in his own neighborhood to be nothing more than business as usual.

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  1. LETS STAND UP COLORED PEOPLE,,, AND DEMAND SOMETHING TO BE DONE, IN OUR COMMUNITY. WORK WITH ALL,, I THANK THE MINISTER FARRAKHAN FOR GOING IN THE COMMUNITIES WITH THE BROTHERS, BUT WHO CAME OUT WITH THEM.THE MANY OF US, WHO WANTS CHANGE. GET UP AND TAKE CARE OF YOUR COMMUNITY… PEOPLE!!!!

  2. I love Min. Louis Farrakhan, his words are sincere, what we must consider however is why the platform of video? He, The Min., Understands very well the back-lash President Barack would endure if he granted, what would now appear and seem to be Louis Farrakhan’s wish and not the people of Chicago. I agree whole heartedly with the words you presented Bro. Obed, but only ask Why couldn’t the Minister Louis, simply made this request to the president via phone. This is Interesting.. Why now does he speak within the presidents last four years (after not being as broadly vocal) for quite some time in this way?

    • @Bro.BWade if you think Minister Farrakhn has not been “vocal” for the past 4 years, you are quite misinformed. Try visiting and search through FinalCall.com.

      You actually think Minsiter Farrakhan can pick up the phone and have a quick chat with President Obama when Hillary forced him to “repupiate” the man duirng the first election. Come on now, don’t be naive.

  3. The President cried croc tears for the white kids but ignores the black kids they die every day. Image is everything.

  4. He crys for the white kids but ignores the black ones that die every day.

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